#VolunteersWeek as seen by Community Action:MK

We journeyed out and about into the local communities of Milton Keynes to promote and celebrate all types of volunteers!

Wolverton Community Orchard were wonderful hosts, with the Orchard itself housing several fruit trees, pockets of peace and a lovely sensory garden for all ages to enjoy! The volunteers there give their time and work hard to maintain the tranquil garden, whether it’s teaching schools about wildlife, planting patches of wild flowers or building a dragon out of their unused compost, their commitment to this well-kept Orchard is to be commended! Click here to view their Facebook page to find out more about this wonder of Wolverton!

We also travelled down to Brooklands Expansion area – ever expanding, it seems! There was an inquisitiveness surrounding what we do here at CA:MK, meeting a few people interested in offering their time to us as volunteers! CA:MK also had the fortunate pleasure to bump into the Health Centre’s practice manager, who seemed keen to liaise with us about local community engagement! Creating links, connecting the community and giving people opportunities is a pleasure to accommodate here at Community Action:MK!

The pop up in Netherfield provided an interesting insight into the residents thoughts and feelings on the People’s Health Trust project, a Local Conversation. Most locals were intrigued, particularly when tea and coffee were on offer! They were delighted with the Local Conversation’s recognition of the challenges they face, but there was also a sense of community among them and a willingness to give their time to the Local Conversation, to come together to share ideas, giving up their time willingly to do so, which is what Volunteers Week is all about! To find out for yourself what the Netherfield Local Conversation is all about, click here!

The locals of Big Local Conniburrow accommodated us at the hub for their weekly coffee morning, where we were joined by Amy from Sanctuary Hosting, who was impressed by the activities and various groups set up by BLC and it’s committee, with one of the committee members proudly showing off his own artwork, as well as the colossal amount of ideas and activities he and the committee put forward to bring the community together! To find out more information about what goes on down at the BLC hub, click here, or see for yourself by popping down to their local coffee morning every Friday!

There are so many opportunities to get out there and volunteer, even if it’s just for one hour a week – your time could make a difference to somebody’s life or to your community, as well as gaining invaluable experience and making friends along the way! Volunteers are the unsung heroes of a lot of our communities, so here’s to them! Thank you! #volunteersweek

Get in touch using info@communityactionmk.org if you wish to advertise any of your volunteering vacancies with us, or for those wishing to volunteer themselves, simply follow this link to view our opportunities, sign up to our weekly newsletter or pop in to our Volunteer Drop-In and speak to one of our Volunteering advisors, every Tuesday 1-3pm at Acorn House, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP.

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#Volunteersweek: Community Action: MK is the hub for Volunteering in Milton Keynes

Community Action: MK is the hub for Volunteering in Milton Keynes

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How can we help you find your perfect Volunteering role?

Help make giant carnival puppets, share some time with older, lonely people in your community, balance the books for a local charity, plant wildflowers along a new canal, use your digital skills to promote local events, drive a vulnerable person to hospital, help young people gain self-esteem and confidence, become a school governor – the list of volunteering opportunities in Milton Keynes is endless and diverse.

Volunteering is for everyone, whatever your age or situation. Whether you have a short amount of time, are looking for a one-off opportunity or something more regular to get your teeth into, we can help you find what’s right for you.

We use Simply Connect to list all the opportunities available in Milton Keynes. It’s easy to search using your interests, skills, and location and express an interest in finding out more about an opportunity.

Search for volunteering opportunities in Milton Keynes.

Community Action also hold a Volunteer drop in service every Tuesday afternoon from 1pm -3pm at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Blvd, CMK, MK9 3HP. Pop in to speak to our friendly Volunteering advisers and find out about the many local volunteering opportunities you could get involved with.

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How we can help your Organisation promote volunteering opportunities?

Are you a local charity, community group or project looking to recruit volunteers? Advertise your volunteer opportunities for free on our Simply Connect site www.vcconnectsystem.org.uk

Our volunteering platform puts you in control of your volunteering and befriending services, matching people to the best role for them and increasing skills, confidence, and wellbeing for all.

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Trustee for Healthwatch Milton Keynes

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Healthwatch Milton Keynes is inviting people to apply to join their Board of Trustees.

If you have experience and expertise in one or more of these fields: Finance, Income Generation, General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Information Technology, Law, Human Resources, Communications, Marketing, Governance and a passion for ensuring Health and Social Care services are designed and delivered involving the people that need and use services, they would love to hear from you.

The Board of Trustees is the main governing body of Healthwatch Milton Keynes, and is responsible for policy-setting and management. Apart from the practical experience listed above, you will need to demonstrate a broad interest in health and social care issues, and be able to devote several days a month to the work of the Board.

Read more and apply.

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Chair of Harry’s Rainbow

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We are seeking an enthusiastic and organised person to join our growing charity and work with the current board to continue our success in supporting bereaved children in Milton Keynes.

The role of the Chair is to provide leadership and direction to the board of Trustees. The Chair’s aim is to enable the board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

The Chair will ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and to make sure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.

The Chair’s role is also to liaise with the CEO and Family Liaison Officer helping them achieve the aims of the organisation; and to optimise the relationship between the board of Trustees and the staff. A full description of the role is available upon application.

Read more and apply.

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Volunteers Week with the Employee Volunteering Programme

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We had a great start to volunteers week with our Employee Volunteering Programme. Local businesses signed up their staff members to volunteer with local charities and community groups throughout the week.

On the 2nd June they joined coordinators and regular volunteers to help Bucks Canal Society clear more of the canal bed at their Cosgrove site. More activities are planned to be taking place.

Tusher from Tech Mahindra said:

“Firstly, many thanks to Community Action: MK for making available the volunteering opportunities as part of Volunteer Week.

My team were part of the volunteers that assisted the Bucks Canal Society at Cosgrove on 2nd of June. Despite the bleak weather, we had a wonderful day. The activities were well planned out and we split up into groups to work at different parts of the canal. The day gave us an opportunity to interact with volunteers from other organisations and we made new friends. It was certainly a day that led to greater team bonding between my employees as they worked together on tasks that they are not accustomed to, working inside the office environs. Having spoken to my team, the activities left them with a sense of achievement & satisfaction. They were extremely glad to have taken part and are keen to participate in more now. This has certainly helped me take the first step and propagate a culture of volunteering in my organisation. Once again, many thanks to Community Action: MK for this.”

Athina who is a coordinator for Bucks canal told us

“The hard work and enthusiasm of this team has made a valuable contribution towards our aim of flooding more of the canal bed.”

Community Action: MK would like to thank Tech Mahindra, The Woburn Hotel and Hewitsons for taking part in our Employee Volunteering Programme.

Don’t let volunteering stop at volunteers week, it really makes a difference. If you would like to be part of our Employee Volunteer Programme or to find out more about it, please email us ev@communityactionmk.org or visit www.communityactionmk.org/projects/employee-volunteering/

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Volunteers’ Week – Volunteering helps people stay involved in their communities

Today is the start of Volunteers’ Week 2015 and all week we’ll be sharing case studies with you to highlight the many reasons people have for volunteering. We’d love you to join in too – head over to the Volunteers’ Week website to download your digital resource pack and use the hashtag #ivolunteer to share your story.
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Lynda has palindromic Rheumatoid Arthritis and sometimes when she has a flare up she can’t move and therefore is unable to work. This caused her to feel housebound and as she is an outgoing, organised person she felt wasted sat at home. She knew she could be of use to others and wanted to put something back into the community. Lynda needed something to do and as she had been a carer in her working life, knew that she wanted to support the elderly.
Lynda volunteers on behalf of Age UK Milton Keynes and helps out at Pear Tree Centre Lunch club on Wednesdays, she also lends a hand on Thursdays doing admin for handyman services. As well as that, Lynda helps at Hinton Lodge lunch club on Fridays, the Hungerford House lunch club, and at many fundraising events.
She says that she feels happier in herself and feels she is really giving something back. Lynda now says that she has “something to get up for in the mornings and now knows that she is appreciated.”
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, give Community Action: MK a call on 01908 661623 or come along to our drop in and speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors every Thursday morning from 10am-12noon in the reception at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, CMK, MK9 3HP.
Alternatively, you can search for local opportunities via www.do-it.org
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