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.
NVCO The Road Ahead 2020

The Road Ahead is the NCVO’s annual analysis of the changing operating environment for anyone working in the voluntary sector. It identifies and explains forces and trends that are shaping the sector and are likely to have an impact on organisations in the future. Read more
State of the sector survey 2019

The State of the Sector Survey is still open. We want to hear from you about your experiences of the sector over the last year!

Click here to go straight to the survey, or head to our website here to find out more.

Show the love by creating a voice for change that is impossible to ignore

It’s never been more important to make your voice heard by the people with the power to make the world of difference. A cleaner, greener future where the things we love are protected from climate change is within reach, but we need to see action today.
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Police website to report non urgent incidents

When you find yourself in need of contacting the police, do you know the best way to get in touch? 999 should only be used in emergency situations; when a life is in danger or a crime is happening right now.
To speak to the police about anything else, you should call 101 or go online. Read more

Time to Talk Day 2020

Time to Talk Day 2020 will take place on Thursday 6 February. With 1 in 4 of us experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, there has never been a better time for your workplace to get involved in Time to Talk Day. Read more

Ballroom Dancing Group for people with visual impairments

Meets twice a month on the second Wednesday and the last Thursday of every month between 11am and 12 noon at the Trinity Centre, Fishermead Boulevard, MK6 2LA. Various dance routines taught by an experienced teacher. Contact Padma on 01908 377058 or

Technology Group MK for people with visual impairments

To introduce the uninitiated to the digital world and  to improve the skills of the users of digital devices. Technology Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month between 2pm and 4pm at Margaret Powell House. Contact Padma on 01908 377058 or

Mandatory Training on Learning Disabilities and Autism Bill 2019-20

Read about the bill that will mandate training on learning disability and autism for all health and social care staff undertaking regulated activities in England; and to provide for the Secretary of State to publish a code of practice for specialist training on learning disability and autism. Read more

Childrens Mental Health Week 2nd Feb – 9th Feb

From 3-9 February 2020 schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK will take part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is Find your Brave. Around three children in every primary school class has a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Read more

MK: Toy library

MK Toy library has been around since 1986 and they offer a service to parents, grandparents, childminders and schools. This is a great service that means less cost, recycling of toys and more environmentally friendly. Read more

Community Led Regeneration and Estate Renewal Strategy
MK Council are consulting with the public and other stakeholders on the Draft Regeneration Strategy, with a focus on ensuring they have set the right approach and priorities for Milton Keynes. Find out more
Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan Consultation
The draft revised Neighbourhood Plan 2020-31 is now open until 11 March for public consultation and an Open Day will be held in the Village Hall from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 29 February where residents will be able to get the answers to any questions they may have. Read more
MKFutures 2050 Draft Strategy
MK Council have now published the Strategy for 2050 and would love to hear your views. Click below to read the draft Strategy for 2050 and learn more about the future we want to see for Milton Keynes. Your comments should be shared before Friday 17th April 2020. Read more
Volunteering opportunity of the week:
MK Museum 
Catering Team Volunteers
Do you have an interest in gaining experience in a catering outlet? MK Museum Granary Tea Room is open every day that we are open, including event days and for organised parties. It is known for its incredible homemade cakes and this is a key element of a visitor’s experience. Find out more
Service Development & Assessment Manager for Camphill
Are you keen to work with adults with learning disabilities and autism? Are you looking to use your professional values, skills and experience holistically whilst working closely and hands-on with our residents and staff? Read more
Sport England – Major Event Volunteer Fund 

Grants are available to national governing bodies or organisations hosting major sports events for projects that help individuals who are serving as volunteers at major events to make the transition to supporting sport in their local community.Read more

Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund 

A limited number of grants are available for projects in England that empower young people to support each other as they move up to secondary school.
Find out more

This Girl Can Community Fund 

Grants are available to a range of organisations for group activities that support women aged 16 years and older to get active by overcoming barriers.
Find out more

Enterprise Development Programme – Homelessness, Youth and Mental Health

Support is available to charities and social enterprises working in the homelessness, mental health and youth sectors in England to make the transition to new enterprises or to grow existing ones. Read more

ROC Conversation
Tues 4th Feb at Christ The Sower Ecumenical Primary School

This is a chance to celebrate the good that is already happening in Milton Keynes and to meet people from charities, faith groups, statutory agencies, other organisations and local people who care about their community.  Find out more

Launch of the new Adult Mental Health Community Services Model and Crisis Team
Friday 7th February, The Ridgeway Centre

Morning session: For Staff, 9.30 start – 12.30 finish
Afternoon session: For stakeholders, service users, carers. Staff are welcome to stay. 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Find out more

Biodiversity workshop
13 February, 6pm-8pm, Civic Council Chmaber

Milton Keynes aspires to be ‘the greenest city in the world’ with biodiversity and the natural environment at the heart of this vision. The aim of this event is to understand what we can do as individuals or as part of community groups to make a difference; from flower boxes to community orchards. Register now

Bletchley Seed Swap
Saturday February 15th 2020, from 10am to 2pm
Freeman Methodist Church, Buckingham Rd, BletchleyPlease bring your home- gathered seeds and any unwanted commercial seeds. No seeds to swap? No matter! We suggest a donation of 50p for each packet taken home. £1 entrance. Read more
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