Equality Council launches series of master classes

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The Milton Keynes Equality Council is set to start a series of Master class training seminars for voluntary and community group representatives at Milton Keynes College.

The weekly seminars will draw on local governmental, financial, public relations, and policy expertise and the classes will train representatives in community advocacy, financial management and working with local authorities. Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Navrita Atwal, Chief Executive of MKEC, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with MK College and our two MPs in delivering these sessions. We will be bringing together over a six week period, experts with backgrounds ranging from stakeholder engagement to government policy making. These are subject areas that many organisations in Milton Keynes could really benefit from.”

Leading the initiative is Mr. Festus Akinbusoye, community relations director for the Milton Keynes Conservative Association.

He said: “Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart have been keen to better identify the needs of the voluntary and community-based organisations in Milton Keynes.

“Opportunities to learn and share best practise approaches have been a clear need. These seminars are aimed at bridging this gap. They really are for anyone that is passionate about their community and wish to better represent their constituents or interests.”

The training seminars will run once a week on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8.30pm. Spaces are still available and can be booked by contacting Navrita on 01908 606224 or by email at

Festus can be reached by email at