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

What can we help you do?

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 VC Connect to list all the opportunities available in Milton Keynes. It’s easy to search using your interests, skills and location. Once you’ve expressed an interest in an opportunity, we will receive your information and pass it on to the organisation, who will contact you within 7 days. The next step may be that they invite you to have a chat on the phone or attend an information session.

If you’d prefer to speak to one of our volunteering advisers, come along to our drop-in, every Thursday between 10am and 12noon at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3HP. There’s no need to book, just drop in and browse 350+ volunteering opportunities and chat to our friendly advisers*

*Our trained and experienced staff offer high quality information and advice. They have completed Level 3 NVQs in Information, Advice & Guidance and have worked with volunteers for over 25 years.

Volunteering & Wellbeing

During Spring 2015, Community Action: MK held an Inquiry into the Impact of Volunteering on Community Wellbeing.

We heard from a number of local groups about how volunteering plays a part in personal and community wellbeing.

The Inquiry identified a number of key wishes for the future that build on our 2013 Volunteering Strategy:

  • That volunteering moves higher up everyone’s agendas for positive reasons; the strengthening of the social fabric of our communities rather than the disintegration of public services.
  • That volunteering gives people the connections, skills and confidence to participate in the economy.
  • That all forms of volunteering are well funded because of their roles in improving health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities in health.
  • That volunteering is supported as a vital opportunity for increasing the wellbeing of young people.
  • That everyone has the opportunity to volunteer.
  • That best practice in volunteer management is boosted whilst encouraging all forms of informal and unmanaged volunteering.

“We will use the report of the Volunteer Commission as a springboard for improving our services, with an expectation that we, in Milton Keynes, can achieve the aspirations captured in the strategic recommendations. Community Action: MK cannot do it alone through, and we look forward to continuing old, and making new, partnerships along the way. Thank you to all those groups and individuals who have contributed to the work of the Commission; your time and effort has created the foundation for the next phase of robust action planning and delivery.”

Sheila Thornton, Chair, Community Action: MK

 

Download the Inquiry report here.

Please email volunteering@communityactionmk.org for more information.