Community Action: MK – Weekly Info & Updates

Welcome to the weekly bulletin for the voluntary and community sector of
Milton Keynes
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Webinar: Data Protection Issues for Charities
11th August: 10 – 11am

An online webinar from Slaughter and May for charities, focusing on Data Protection Law Issues and provide an overview of data protection compliance for charities, including an introduction to key concepts and risks. Read more.
Next Steps Accommodation Programme: 
The Government has launched a funding programme available to local authorities, registered providers, and their local partners to engage with the next stage of the COVID-19 Rough Sleeping response. The other types organisations  (e.g. faith, charity, and community groups, social enterprises, private sector developers) should contact their local authority in order contribute to a local approach. Read more.
£4.8 Million from DMCS for the Voluntary and Communities Sector Emergencies Partnership
The funding aims to help strengthen the voluntary sector’s response to coronavirus and future emergencies. The VCSEP will fund regional hubs to join up distribution of local volunteers and resources such as food supplies, coordinate demand for volunteers across the country through a national network and help identify where help is needed most at a local and national level using a new digital tool. Read more.
Development training (paid)
The Directory of Social Change are offering a suite of training opportunities between July and September to help organisations with the challenges they are facing during this difficult time. The sessions cover a range of topics, including: ‘writing for impact’, ‘communicating for influence’, ‘moving into fundraising’, and other topics. Read more.

Online webinars 
If you have missed the recent Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS) Webinar organised by the Ubele Initiative, a social enterprise with a mission to contribute to the sustainability of the African Diaspora community, you can watch it and other webinars on their YouTube Channel here. Their work explores various racial justice issues, including those related to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and offers training opportunities supporting BAME communities in particular. Read more.
Charity Digital Skills Report: COVID-19 impact
As COVID-19 unfolded, charities have had to embrace remote working, digital fundraising and online service delivery as never before. The impact of the pandemic was one of the key changes that has been explored as part of this year’s Charity Digital Skills Report. Read more.
Reforming commissioning & contracting
Over the last month Children EnglandNAVCALocalityNCVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation  have been gathering evidence from charities and social enterprises about commissioning responses. You can use this online form to share your experiences of public service contracts during the pandemic through. Read more.
Draft Transport Strategy
England’s Economic Heartland’s Draft Transport Strategy sets out a new approach to connectivity which hopes to enable the region’s transport system to support a green recovery from COVID-19 and sustainable economic growth in the decades which follow, while reaching net zero carbon emissions no later than 2050. The strategy is now subject to a formal consultation which closes at midnight on October 6Read more.
Workplace public health survey 
The public health team across Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Bedford Borough has launched a survey to find out the impact coronavirus is having on your health and wellbeing, and to understand the support needs during this time. Closing date Sunday 6th September. Read more.
#GiveUsABreak – Campaign for Carers Leave
During the pandemic, the right to carer’s leave is more important than ever. The government is now consulting on giving employees a week of unpaid carer’s leave each year. Find out more and have your say, and help Carers UK help us make the case to Government. Read more.
NHS: Mental Health Apps 
The NHS website lists a number of apps, websites and online forums designed to help manage mental health problems. You can search through the apps by using a filter to find and explore an online tool that best suits your needs. Read more.

Live Talk: Campaigning for a green and fair recovery – Thursday 30 July: 19:00 – 19:45
A free talk about the ways of rebuilding our lives and saving the planet after the devastating effects of the pandemic. The talk will be centred around the important questions such as: “Do we go back to a society that left us with ever-increasing gaps between rich and poor, huge health inequalities and hurtling towards climate and ecological breakdown? Or do we move forwards to a better future, re-building the foundations of our society and economy so that they work for all of us?” Read more.

Voices From The Frontline 
A collection of stories capturing voices from the most vulnerable communities around the world on COVID-19 challenges and self-organised responses. This resource is a joint initiative between The International Centre for Climate Change and Development and The Climate and Development Knowledge Network. Each week a new story is shared, great space for looking at innovation and seeing similarities globally in response to Covid challenges. Read more.
Blog: Inequality behind home-schooling 
‘Home schooling has been a challenge for many parents but for those on a low income, not having access to computers and low-cost internet access, and not having a decent home environment to learn in, can make the challenge even more acute’. This Huffpost blog shares the story of a single mum in Leeds coping with lockdown while in poverty. Read more.
See more Information for communities regarding Covid-19 on our website 
Reminder: Consultancy role with The MK Rose
The closing date for the consultancy role with The MK Rose is fast approaching - 5pm on Friday 31st July 2020. They are looking for a freelance support to create a Strategic Action Plan for their engagement work, which will guide audience development, engagement value and financial sustainability. This is a 10 day contract at £300 per day. Read more.
MK Play Association are urgently seeking a new Chair of Trustees
This is an exciting volunteering role to help sustain the work of one of the eldest independent charities in Milton Keynes, dedicated to developing the health and wellbeing of children through play, which will see you working closely with its Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive. Read more.
Volunteering activities with the Green Gym 
The Green Gym Milton Keynes have published their monthly programme of activities. Volunteering with The Green Gym can help to Improve your health and learn new skills, and help wildlife too!
Booking in Advance is Essential! Contact Jennifer on: or call 07740 899 633Read more.
Are you willing, able and safe to volunteer? Complete the expression of interest form here
Lloyds Bank Foundation: £7.4 mln Covid-19 Recovery Funding
Small charities (with an annual income between £25,000 – £1m) supporting people with complex social issues (such as as mental health, homelessness or domestic abuse), will be able to apply for two-year grants of £50,000. Funding will be offered to 140 charities, and at least a quarter of the money will be allocated to charities led by and for BAME communities. The fund will open for applications on Monday 3 August. Read more.
£85 Million Community Match Challenge 
The Government launched the Community Match Challenge on 18 July, inviting philanthropists, foundations and grant making organisations to put forward new funding with an offer to match funds raised on a pound for pound basis until the scheme ends on 31 August.  £85 million from the £750m government funding package for civil society is being used for the new community match challenge, supporting those who are most vulnerable and have been hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 2nd August. Read more.

GSK Impact Awards 2021: health projects 
Funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund, these awards are for organisations who are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 – £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 – £40,000 Successful organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials. Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday 14th September. Read more.
Allchurches Trust – Hope Beyond grant scheme
Grants are available for churches and Christian charities to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. There is no deadline. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all the funding has been allocated. Read more.
See more funding opportunities on the Community Action: MK website
Creative summer challenge
MAKE (MK Cultural Education Partnership) has teamed up with Inter-Action MK for a creative summer challenge. Free, and open to children and their families, these fun activities and challenges vary from from a book club, to cooking and growing, and garden design. Read more.
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