Start the New Year by helping as a volunteer in Milton Keynes


Why don’t you make volunteering one of your goals in 2015? There are numerous opportunities available - see below:

> Oxfam Milton Point Hub – is the Southern Flagship operation for Oxfam Online Shop.

It receives a high volume of quality donated stock daily. The team work together to identify desirable items and create listings in order to offer them for sale online to a worldwide audience.

The online sales creator role involves using clothing and retail knowledge to create accurate and appealing descriptions of items for sale and creating descriptions of the clothing stock for the online shop. Volunteers will describe the item in their own words, adding measurements for the garment and then upload the relevant photos so the item is ready for sale. Attention to detail is required along with a good standard of written English and basic computer skills. Volunteers gain valuable experience within the relevant and rapidly growing online retail sector, enhance commercial and technical knowledge of clothing and fashion and gain an insight into how Oxfam re-sell, re-use, recycle donated textiles. Training, support and guidance from a dedicated and experienced online team will be provided.

> The Safety Centre is looking for Volunteer Guides.

As a guide you will have fun taking small groups of primary aged children (six - 12 years) around an interactive centre which looks like a mini film set.

They will train you and provide your travel expenses and it’s a great one for your CV.

> Milton Keynes Samaritans hold information evenings three times a year where you can find out what it’s like to be part of their team of Listening and Support Volunteers.

Why not go along to meet existing volunteers, learn about the charity and decide if volunteering at Milton Keynes Samaritans is right for you?

The dates for 2015 are January 15, May 7, and September 17, all on Thursday evenings from 7.30 – 9pm.

No need to book, just turn up at their offices in Fishermead. Call 01908 667777.

> Ihezie Foundation - The Ihezie Foundation provides educational books and teaching resources to underprivileged schools throughout Africa. It works in conjunction with the Ministries of Education identifying schools, nurseries, universities and community libraries in desperate need of books. They purchase, sort, stamp, pack and send these books at the rate of almost one million books per year to classrooms and libraries throughout Africa, enriching the lives of over 1 million students per year.

In order for the foundation to ship these books, it is looking for approximately 10 volunteers willing to work alongside them in their Milton Keynes office to sort and stamp the books. It is looking for volunteers that want to make an immediate impact on improving education in Africa. Book lovers that recognise the importance of books to educational experience.

> National Trust - Stowe.

The National Trust protect and open to the public over 300 historic houses and gardens and 49 industrial monuments and mills. It also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves and villages.

Stowe is holding six volunteer recruitment open days throughout January, February and March. These are informal drop-in sessions where you can call in to talk to about volunteer opportunities at Stowe. There will be opportunity to sign-up on the day, or to take information away to think about. They are looking to recruit volunteers into the following areas; gardens, visitor welcome, administration, marketing, retail and catering. The open days run from 11am and 3pm on the following dates at New Inn Farm, Stowe, Buckingham, MK18 5EQ:

Friday, January 16

Saturday, January 17

Sunday, February 8

Wednesday, February 25

Thursday, March 12

Saturday, March 14.

For further information contact: Richard Skilbeck on 01280 817156 or at

To find out more? Contact us at Community Action: MK on 01908 661623 or email to register your details.

Alternatively, to find out more about other opportunities within the Milton Keynes area come along to our weekly drop in session on a Thursday at Acorn House from 10 am - 12 noon or log onto the National Database of Voluntary Opportunities

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We look forward to hearing from you soon.