Volunteering: Give up your spare time to help others


Community Action, MK supports local organisations with the recruitment of volunteers. Below is just a snapshot of what you could get involved with.

> Interaction - Garden of Light

Interaction, a local arts organisation would like some volunteers for their upcoming event “Garden of Light” taking place at Fred Roche Gardens in Central Milton Keynes on Saturday, November 15 4-8pm.

The event is a multicultural celebration of light including refreshments, a musical lantern parade with local schools and community groups from The Hub to the Gardens, UV Balloon art, glow poi, UV face painting, Music from DJ Chris Gregg MKFM, Light Photography workshop, African Drumming performance by Moribayassa, and a spectacular fire show.

They need people to help set up the gardens to create the magical surroundings before the event and make sure all equipment, marquees etc are in place, steward on the parade, helping children and families to follow the route and insuring a safe crossing on main roads, helping to serve drinks and food, sell glow wands and toys to raise money for the charity, assist with workshops, assist performers, assist general public with any needs i.e. directing to toilet, first aid area, checking site for rubbish or trip hazards.

They are kicking off with a volunteer afternoon at Inter-Action MK at The Old Rectory in Peartree Bridge on Wednesday, November 5 1-4pm.

Volunteers will get to help create some lovely lantern decorations for the event as well as get to know the team and other volunteers.

If you cannot make the volunteer afternoon but would like to help with the event that is absolutely fine. They will just need you to sign up beforehand so they can get all your details on file.

> Community Mediation Service MK - Volunteer Mediators

Community Mediation Service MK resolve conflict amicably. They recruit local residents to become trained Community Mediators to provide free community mediation to all residents of MK.

They have over 70% success rate on casework. They handle over 150 new cases per year on community mediation and do project work on workplace mediation cases and offer peer mediation in schools.

They are currently seeking Volunteer Mediators. Can you remain impartial? Are you able to defuse difficult situations?

> Basic Community Mediation Training at OCN Level 3/4 may be the way forward for you.

If you are aged 18 or over, registered unemployed; not in full time education; or as part of CPD, living in Milton Keynes, learn a transferable life skill and able to volunteer your time on a regular basis then they would like to hear from you.

Training will take 60 hours and may lead to new employment, career development and/or further education.

First interviews are on 4th, 6th and 8th November and training will commence in January 2015.

> Destination Milton Keynes - MK Ambassadors

For years there has not been a Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Milton Keynes and Destination Milton Keynes has now been given the opportunity of opening a VIC in central MK.

The centre will be available for all visitors to call in and find out information about Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, collecting some of the many leaflets and brochures they have available.

Visitors could be from the local, regional, national or even international areas.

With the Rugby World Cup matches being played in Milton Keynes in October 2015 they are expecting the VIC to be very busy!

They are looking for volunteers who are patient, personable, reliable, customer-friendly, and computer-literate. They must have at least an enthusiastic interest in Milton Keynes and be committed to undertaking a very steep learning curve to gain information about its attractions, hotels, transport links, history, heritage, culture, and everything that the city means to its visitors, be they from the local area or far away.

DMK has run two pop up VICs in the last year and many people visited in one day to pick up leaflets, find out what was going on in MK and what is offered to visitors.

They envisage volunteers doing at least four hour shifts, longer if they like but then obviously with breaks.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in supporting MK and in helping boost the visitor economy which is worth more than £2million per year to the local area.

Want to find out more? Contact Debbie and Shona at Community Action: MK on 01908 661623 or email volunteering@communityactionmk.org 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 10am to 12pm or log onto the National Database of Voluntary Opportunities www.do-it.org

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