Community Action: MK – Welcome to the weekly bulletin for the voluntary and community sector of Milton Keynes

Welcome to the weekly bulletin for the voluntary and community sector of Milton Keynes.

Register now! Festive networking event Wed 11 December 16:00-18:00, MK Snap Give a gift to yourself, to the planet and to the community this Christmas. Come along to have a mince-pie and a glass of mulled wine, and to catch-up with your friends from the sector, or to make new connections. Register now!
Kooth Information Session for GroupsThurs 12 Dec, 15:00 – 16:30, The Safety Centre (Hazard Alley)

Come along to find out more about the Kooth website, offering free, safe and anonymous online support for children and young people who may be struggling with mental health related issues. Register now!

Equality Council AGM Thurs 12 Dec, 19:00, The Point Annual General Meeting and ‘The Spotlight’s on You’ Equality Awards 2019. Hear from a speaker from the Clinical Commissioning Group on ‘DIABETES AWARENESS’. Please RSVP by 8 december at or 01908 606224/606828
Christmas Time at MK Gallery Cafe and BarGet in the Christmas spirit with a three-course festive feast ora bubbles and canapé reception for up to 150 guests in Milton Keynes’ architectural jewel: MK Gallery. Find out more
Grant AdvisorGrant Advisor is a free, not-for-profit platform on which charities and fundraisers can read and post reviews about their experience of applying to trusts and foundations. (Think of it as ‘trip advisor’ for grant applications). Find out more
SWEP Activated

The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) has been activated until Thurs 5 Dec. If you or someone you know is sleeping rough, please go to the Civic offices before 5pm and we can help with somewhere to stay. After 5pm please call 01908 226699. Read more

Unity Park Station Community Club request for funding

Unity Park Station Community Club is a warm and welcoming space that invites individuals to pop in, have a cup of tea, look around the charity shop, play games and meet new people. They need additional funding. Get in touch

Milton Keynes Homelessness Partnership – Full Partnership Meeting

Thu, 5 December 2019, 10:30 – 13:00  We are pleased to be able to update you on presentations, discussion and Q&A opportunities at our Partnership meeting. There will also be time for some Christmas refreshments & networking! Register now

MK Autism People’s Partnership

Tues 10 Dec, 10am-1pm, Church of Christ the Cornerstone A time to come together and share your thoughts and opinions on themed topics that relate to your life. Free tea, coffee and homemade cake. RSVP

Introducing the Emergencies Partnership

The Emergencies Partnership hopes to breakdown the silos that have previously affected the charity sector’s response to disasters in the UK. It is a group of 15 organisations that aims to improve coordination of the sector at national and local levels before, during and after emergencies.  Read more

Milton Keynes Climate Crisis HustingsFri, 6 December,18:30 – 20:30, Emerson Valley Community Centre

An opportunity to ask questions directly to your MK North and South Parliamentary candidates for the forthcoming General Election or to sit back and listen to the debate. Register now


2nd December, 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm, Church of Christ the Cornerstone

The aim of this special assembly is to build public relationships with our future MPs for MK North and South, and explore their positions on issues that matter to Citizens:mk through dialogue with its member institutions and people. Register now

YCAB By-election 6 spaces are available for 11-18 year olds who live or go to school in Milton Keynes to join the Youth Cabinet. Information about the Youth Cabinet MK here Information about the By-Election here
Conservation Areas in Milton Keynes

MK Council is seeking your comments on draft Conservation Area Review documents for the following conservation areas: Bletchley, Stony Stratford, Willen and Woughton-on-the-Green. Feedback on the overarching General Information Document is also being sought.  The consultation period ends on the 18th December. Read more

Young People Survey

Are you Under 25? Do you have ideas about how health and social care services could be improved? This is your chance to have a say on how service could be better for you. Tell us what changes to health and social care service would make a positive difference to your life. Have your say

Volunteering Opportunity of the week: Citizens Advice Telephone Assessors 

Can you cut to the chase? Are you good at getting to the point?Telephone Assessors are the first point of contact for clients accessing the telephone service. You will deal with a wide range of clients problems and issues and at the same time maintaining a professional manner. Find out more

Four Daughters Charitable Trust Grants are available for projects, organisations or ideas that can make a systemic impact to improve ageing in the UK. Deadline for concept notes is 13 December 2019. Max value: £200,000 Find out more
Help the Homeless  Grants of up to £5,000 for capital costs for registered charities only. All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance. Deadline: 15 December. Click here.
Woodward Charitable Trust Projects that promote integration and community cohesion particularly amongst minority groups, refugees and traveller communities. The next deadline is noon on 31 January 2020.  Find out more
MKDP Community Fund – £60,000 Remember, the first round of the new Milton Keynes Development Partnership Community Fund is closing for applications on Friday, 13 December. The £60,000 Fund is open to local not for profit groups whose work benefits residents, communities and their quality of life. Individual grants start at £500. Read more
MK CIL Open DayTues 3 December, 11:00-15:00, Church of Christ the Cornerstone International Day of People with Disability  Exhibitors, equipment suppliers, voluntary organisations, raffle, Santa Find out more
Conniburrow Community Choir’s Christmas concert

Wednesday 4th December 7pm, Salvation Army on Conniburrow. Tickets available to buy on the door  16 and over £5 and under 16’s £2.

Milton Court Care Home Christmas Bazaar Sat 7 December, 12pm-4pm Come and get in the Christmas spirit with a visit from Santa, craft gifting stalls, tombola and raffle, mince pies and mulled wine. All money raised will be donated to MK Bus Shelter. Find out more
Conniburrow Christmas Family Disco 

Saturday 14th December at Southwood School 3pm – 5pm. £1.50 per family on the door. Including a visit from Santa!

Milton Keynes Arts Centre Free Family Workshops

Saturdays 30 November, 7 December, 14 December As a part of our current residency programme with India Harvey Lisa Marie Bengtsson, playworkers Matt and Emma from Milton Keynes Play Association will facilitate a series of two hour-long sessions of play and making over the next three Saturdays.  Find out more

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