Community Action: MK Weekly Info & Updates

Welcome to the weekly bulletin for the voluntary and community sector of
Milton Keynes
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Nkiru Arts need your help!
Our friends at #NkiruArts are desperately looking for new premises to base their office and store their instruments at after July. If you can offer a space please contact them via their contact page:
MK CIL: An Update!
MK CIL are now open to taking appointments for benefit forms on a 1-1 basis, whilst following social distancing guidelines. For more information about what MK CIL can offer, read more here.
Coronavirus Response Toolkit for Charities
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is vast. Charities will need to be resourceful, responsive, collaborative and innovative in order to keep serving those who need them through this crisis—and to continue to have an impact well beyond it. NPC have created resources to help charities navigate their response to the coronavirus crisis. Read more.

Community Innovation: Share what you know!
We’ve heard of some amazing innovation to keep people going during the lockdown and throughout the current pandemic. One example being of someone exercising on their local green space with their neighbours in order to keep fit and keeping their neighbours active! If you, anyone you know or any groups have had innovative ideas and have done something to keep things going in order to get through lockdown in new and different ways, please let us know! We want to share achievements, ideas and positivity throughout the crisis and beyond to encourage new ways of doing things in the ‘new’ normal! Contact us:
Tackling racism in the workplace
Resources and guidance to help people professionals tackle racism and racial discrimination in the workplace and we all must be part of the change we all need, to step up and stamp out prejudice, and to build diverse and supportive cultures of respect and fairness for all. The CIPD is developing and curating practical content on this hub to help members and people professionals tackle these challenges.
Read more.
NAVCA – Barking Owl Training Sessions 
Over the next two weeks our Barking Owl network is hosting two free training sessions on Biteable - video editing and design software - Wednesday 22 July at 3pm & Tuesday 28 July at 10am. If your comms person/people would like to join us for both or either of these sessions then please ask them to email me or Lucy Straker.

New Generation Forum – Revolving Doors Agency
This forum aims to give young adults a voice on the criminal justice system, particularly policing. The aim is to bring together a group of young adults with lived experience to influence local and national decision makers. They are looking for a diverse group of young people (aged 18-24) from different
backgrounds and geographical areas who have experience of multiple arrests or cautions, and / or want to share their experiences, to make a difference on the lives of other young people. Find out more.
Future Fossil – Oxley Park
Inspired by ideas such as archeology, the passing of time, our relationship to the natural world, home and future ways of living; Future Fossil will feature a life-size negative cast, taken from a section of a typical Oxley Park house, creating a new public space for Oxley Park, where community activities and cultural programmes can be enjoyed. Read more.
Guide to Accessible Britain
Packed with over 180 reviews of accessible and inspiring days out, there’s something for everyone in the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. The Guide aims to inspire and support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractions – whatever their disability.
Read more.
Share your Covid-19 experience as a parish council
Complete this online form if you work for a local parish council in MK to share your experiences of supporting your residents throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and how the crisis has affected your work. This will help us explore the issues across MK with the view of fostering the most useful links and creating solutions to address them.
Milton Keynes Covid-19 outbreak control plan

Visit MK Council’s website for more information about the MK’s Covid-19 outbreak prevention plan aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the city, including the latest weekly Covid-19 updates from Council Leader Peter Marland.
Read more.

Westbury Arts Centre – August Family Workshops
This summer Westbury Arts Centre are delighted to be able to offer family workshops which will take place every Wednesday during August.  A great chance to work with your child to produce some amazing creative artwork! They have limited spaces to ensure they can keep to social distancing, so do book quickly to avoid disappointment. Workshops are aimed at children aged between 7-12 years. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult. For full details of all the workshops just click here or contact us for more information:
See more Information for communities regarding Covid-19 on our website 
MK-ACT are hiring!
They have some exciting opportunities to work for their organisation providing a high quality service as an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate Assistant (IDVAA), a Housing IDVA and 2 Outreach Workers. All posts are subject to safer recruitment procedures and regulations and an enhanced DBS check, and are open to female applicants only under Schedule 9 (Part 1) of the Equality act 2010. Read more here.
Do you need volunteers?
We here at Community Action:MK are looking to help our database of volunteers find roles to suit them through the easing of lockdown and the ever-changing situation we are currently living in. If you are trying to recruit volunteers in order to restart your activities, to enable your services to expand or continue to sustain a project, then please get in touch with us through
Volunteering Guide 
The Plunkett Foundation, a charity supporting rural communities across the UK to tackle the issues they face through community business, offers a range of useful resources related to volunteering, including top tips for attracting and motivating and keeping your volunteers. Read more
Are you willing, able and safe to volunteer? Complete the expression of interest form here
Feminist Review Trust
Grants are available for projects in the UK and internationally that transform the lives of women. Max. Value:£ 15,000. Application deadline: 10 September 2020
Read more.

Youth Futures Foundation - Inspiring Futures 
Developed in partnership with BBC’s Children in Need, this  £6 million programme offers funding between £10,000-£80,0000 for organisations that run positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment. Closing date: Friday 31st JulyRead more.
Barrow Cadbury Trust – Covid-19 Emergency Support Fund
With support from the National Lottery, applications are now open to the ‘COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund’, a £5 million fund to support the migration sector in England to respond to the Covid-19 emergency. Deadline: 2nd August 2020.
Read more.
See more funding opportunities on the Community Action: MK website
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