Local Links 

Find out about what's happening within the parish regarding clubs, charities, community groups and services. If you know of any group that we can display here, please let us know about it. 

Nextdoor 

Nextdoor is the free and private social network just for the local area. On the new neighbourhood site and app, residents can share recommendations for traders, plan neighbourhood events, discuss safety, post things for sale and much more. 
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbours and your community, a platform to build stronger and safer neighbourhoods. It’s an easy way for you and your neighbours to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free. 
 
Site privacy and crime prevention 
 
The idea behind Nextdoor is that we trust our neighbours to interact with us in a responsible way. ‘Real’ names are a way of doing this, although if you prefer to be anonymous, perhaps this isn’t the site for you. 
 
Nextdoor is a closed community; your information is only visible to others who are registered and verified. You can easily hide your house number (in Settings – Privacy). The privacy policy is shown when you sign up and you can deactivate your account at any time. By providing real names, nobody can hide behind an alias and any antisocial comments will be dealt with quickly and personally by the moderators (all are local volunteers).. 
 
In our area, neighbourhoods more or less follow Milton Keynes grid-square lines, although the canal also separates grid squares into separate east and west Nextdoor neighbourhoods. Messaging is very customisable to your choice. Messages can be posted to closed groups within a neighbourhood, the whole neighbourhood or to the local and surrounding neighbourhoods. You can select which categories of message you wish to receive or, if you prefer, just a daily digest 
 
Early examples of how Nextdoor is being used locally: 
 
Advertising community events 
Asking neighbours to look out for a lost rabbit 
Warnings of suspicious activity 
Recycling for good causes 
Links to other sources of information 
General information of interest to the local community 
Lend/borrow and dog owner groups – more to follow 
Volunteer recruitment 
Items for sale, wanted and free. 
Recommendations for plumber, gardener, electrician, handy-man 
 
Interested in finding out more? Click here. 

MK Hard of Hearing Support Group 

Venue: 
MK Centre for Integrated Living, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Central Milton Keynes 
The Milton Keynes Hard of Hearing Support Group is the only support group in MK for people with all types of hearing loss including dual sensory loss and all ages in MK. The Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday in the month and the room has a built in hearing induction loop for people with “T” settings on their hearing aids 
 
Once a month the Group has a presentation relevant to hearing loss. This can include Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, MK Theatre, Thames Valley Police, SARC the equipment service for sensory loss in MK funded by MK Council, lip reading tasters, Audiology and Adult Hearing Services to name a few. 
 
Once a month we have a coffee morning where we get to know each other, share information, and support each other in lots of ways. Our aim is to stop isolation and depression and to increase confidence in each other again. This year we have been able to go out as a group and really enjoy ourselves by visiting Bletchley Park and assessing their audio equipment sets, which were really fantastic! 
 
Do come along to our meetings. You will be made very welcome! We are a lively group and supportive so do try it! 
 
Contact: 
Ros Bloor, MK Hard of Hearing Support Group on 01908 678472 

Be a Digital Champion 

Be a Digital Champion and make a real difference to others 
 
Do you enjoy helping others and would like to help change lives? 
Are you reasonably confident with using computers, tablets and the internet? 
Would you like to develop your own digital skills? 
 
If the answer is yes then become one of our Digital Champions and help others to experience the numerous and powerful benefits of being online. 
 
Being a Digital Champion is a great way of making a real difference to other people. 
 
You don’t have to be an IT whizz, you just need a bit of spare time and enthusiasm to support others with using digital technology 
 
Typical tasks for a Digital Champion include: 
 
Teaching someone to use Google 
Helping someone set up an email account 
Explaining how easy shopping and banking online can be 
Setting someone up on Skype 
Helping someone research their family history or other hobby online. 
 
In return for being a Digital Champion you’ll get free training and support with self-study courses and teaching resources, the chance to meet and work with other Digital Champions in your community and immense personal satisfaction that you’ve helped people to get connected! 
 
Get involved today: Apply to be a Digital Champion by completing this form. For information please contact ConnectMk on 01908 691249 or visit the digital unite digital champions page click here to find out even more about the programme. 

Volunteer Drivers Wanted! 

Do you have some free time? 
Are you a car owner and like driving? 
Would you like to help people in your local area by becoming a volunteer car driver? 
 
We are looking for people willing to give their time to transport the elderly and disabled to a range of medical appointments and social care activities. These are generally in Milton Keynes and local area, but can occasionally be to Bedford, Northampton, Aylesbury, and Oxford. 
 
You do not have to travel to areas you are not familiar with and we only ask you to volunteer as and when you are available and willing; this can be anything from a few hours a week to all week depending on your preferences and availability. You will need your own car, however, all mileage costs are reimbursed at the current HMRC rate. 
 
You will need to inform your insurance company that you are volunteering and insurance companies do not impose a financial penalty for this. 
 
For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with either Tracy Whitmore or Laura Jeffery on 01908 670309 or email ccsmk@communityactionmk.org. 

Unwanted furniture – support a local charity 

Various charities will actually collect your old furniture from your home to sell on for their charities. One of those charities is the British Heart Foundation. Follow this link to book a free collection: https://www.bhf.org.uk/shop/donating-goods/book-a-free-furniture-collection. Age UK MK also offer a collection service – http://www.ageuk.org.uk/miltonkeynes/shops-and-furniture-stores/secondhand-furniture/ 

Age UK 

Age UK Milton Keynes is a local independent charity that works with and for older people to make a real and positive difference that contributes to their wellbeing and quality of life. Click here to find out how Age UK MK can help you and your family. 

McKenzie Friend 

From 1 April 2013 the Government withdrew access to legal aid on many areas of civil litigation, and without funds, finding access to a solicitor to assist resolution in a family dispute; for example relative to child contact, separation or divorce, both difficult and costly. This is where a McKenzie Friend comes in. Take a look at the website for further details – click here. 

Milton Keynes Arts Centre 

Providing a programme of exhibitions, live events and educational activities inspired by contemporary craft and design. Provide artists with access to specialist resources and the space to explore new ideas, often developed in tandem with the local community. 

The Cinnamon Trust 

The only specialist national charity for people in their last years and their much loved, much needed companion animals. 
 
A network of 15,000 volunteers “hold hands” with owners to provide vital loving care for their pets. We keep them together – for example, we’ll walk a dog every day for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we’ll fetch the cat food, or even clean out the bird cage, etc. 
 
When staying at home is no longer an option, our Pet Friendly Care Home Register lists care homes and retirement housing happy to accept residents with pets, and providing previous arrangements have been made with us we will take on life time care of a bereaved pet. 
 
The Cinnamon Trust – Peace of mind for owners, love, care and safety for beloved pets. But helping 32,142 people a year with 41,342 animals and running two home from home sanctuaries costs – We need your help to make sure we’re always there. 
 
Click here for more information or visit the website 

Football Crazy 

Great Linford Football Club was formed in 1993/1994 season. The club is now one of the largest football clubs in Milton Keynes. The club boasts over 230 members who span junior and youth age groups from 4 up to 18 years old and also runs two senior teams for adults of 16 and over! 
 
Click here for more details. 

Supporting Willen Hospice 

Willen Hospice is a registered charity that provides specialist care for people whose illness no longer responds to curative treatment (also known as specialist palliative care). 
 
Their vision is to be the lasting and thriving provider of free care to all people affected by life limiting illness in our community. This will be made possible by a community working together continually to share in the delivery of the most assuring, equally accessible and advanced care available. 
They provide care for people from the age of 18 years upwards and work in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. Willen Hospice provides services to three Primary Care Trusts:- Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire & Northamptonshire. The Hospice is based at a quiet lakeside area close to the City Centre. 
 
Willen Hospice depends on a team of over 600 dedicated volunteers who are involved in every aspect of Hospice life. Click here for more details on how you can help by volunteering. 

Medical Detection Dogs 

Medical Detection Dogs Brochure 
 
A charity dedicated to training dogs in the detection and recognition of human disease by odour. Read on to find out more about the charity and how you can help by becoming a puppy socialiser. 
There are two divisions at Medical Detection Dogs: 
 
Cancer Alert Dogs 
Medical Alert Assistance Dogs 
Medical Alert Assistance Dogs: We also train medical assistance dogs to alert individuals managing day to day life threatening conditions by detecting minute changes in body odour. These include blood sugar detection dogs for adults and children coping with unstable Type 1 diabetes who receive no warning of dangerously low blood sugar (hypos), which, if left untreated, can result in coma, seizure and hospitalisation. In addition, we train dogs for clients with life threatening Addison’s disease and serious allergies. 
 
Medical Detection Dogs make a difference, prevent medical emergencies, save human lives and improve quality of life for children and their families. Medical Detection Dogs receive no government or NHS funding and desperately need funds to continue this amazing work. 
 
Cancer Alert Dogs: Medical Detection Dog’s first study published in the British Medical Journal in 2004, showed that dogs can be trained to identify the odour of human cancer. This finding indicated the potential for a new method of diagnosing cancer. We currently have on-going studies to detecting prostate and breast cancer using a dog’s remarkable sense of smell. 
 
A SNIFF can save a LIFE. 
 
Puppy Socialisers Scheme 
 
As a volunteer socialiser, you will provide essential environmental conditioning to develop the puppy into a well balanced confident adult who is suitable for detection training as well as ensuring the puppy is healthy and happy. 
 
Why should I socialise my puppy? Medical Alert Assistance Dogs work in many areas from someone’s home to shops and busy airports. In order for them to feel comfortable in these environments it is vital they be well socialised and accustomed to different noises, situations and people. This can be achieved by exposing the puppy to as many different and callenging environments as possible. 
 
How do I socialise my puppy? There are many areas that you can take your puppy. This includes shopping centres, train stations and crossings, schools, busy roads, playgrounds, local sporting events, and different types of stairs and surfaces. Puppies should become accustomed to travelling in cars, slippery floors, confined spaces, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, and loud noises. The greater the exposure to a wide variety of things, people and other animals, the better equipped your puppy will be. 
 
What about children? The puppy should be allowed to regularly play with children to familiarise them with the quick and unpredictable movements children often make. A dog that has not been well socialised with children from a young age is often nervous around them in later life. 
Although no experience is required Puppy Socialisers must: 
 
Be at least 18 years old. 
Have the time to commit. 
Willing to attend regular training sessions. 
Be able to cope with a young puppy/dog. 
Be able to meet the physical and mental needs of having a puppy/young dog. 
Be prepared to follow any training advice given by Medical Detection Dogs. 
Have a suitably fenced and secure garden. 
Not be away from home or leave the puppy for more than 2 hours when the puppy is under 4 months or 3 hours over 4 months. 
Any children within the home should ideally be over the age of 4 years old, although younger children will be considered. 
We will consider homes with existing pet dogs. 
 
Question to consider before applying: 
 
Have I got the time and can I be committed? 
Am I prepared attend regular training sessions? 
Am I prepared to be restricted and change my lifestyle? 
Can I accept any damage a puppy might cause? 
Can I give up a dog that I have looked after and grown fond of? 
 
For more information please contact us at: 
 
Medical Detection Dogs 
 
3 Millfield 
Greenway Business Park 
Winslow Road 
Great Horwood 
Milton Keynes MK17 0NP 
 
T 01296 655888 
E volunteering@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk 
Registered Charity No: 1124533 
 
Our dogs give their ‘owners’ confidence, a better quality of life, freedom and independence. 
 

Alternative Radio Milton Keynes 

Milton Keynes’ first alternative community radio station, founded in 2009 as Radio Milton Keynes has been carrying out trial broadcasts, offering a platform for local talents who have gone on to become broadcasters on other radio stations or journalists for national newspapers. 
 
A local community-based internet radio station offering listeners alternative radio, established to help support small local businesses and entertain residents locally and abroad, by acting as a hub for news and information that relates to our growing city and as a platform for promoting local talent. 
 
Alternative Radio MK are looking for volunteers, presenters and material (radio content) aligned to their “alternative radio” format. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any news, information, guests or stories that you would like to share with MK. 
 

Milton Keynes Youth Choir 

Singing for young people from 8 years upwards, come and join us on Tuesday evenings (term time only) from 6 – 7.15pm at Christchurch, Stantonbury. Sing a variety of music from classical to contemporary, from choral to pop and concentrate on part singing in harmony. 
 
Click here for more information or like the Facebook page 
 
For further details and to arrange a taster session please contact: 
 
Karen Elliott on 01908 311593 
 
This award winning choir has been assisted by funding from the MK Community Foundation. 

Squirrels Children’s Centre 

Squirrels Children’s Centre supports young children and their families by bringing together family support, health, childcare and education. Providing a wide range of activities and services for parents/carers and families of children aged 0-5 years. These include: 
 
Activities for Dads 
Antenatal/Parent Craft Classes 
Baby Clinic 
Activity Sessions 
Baby Massage 
Home Visits 
Family Support 
Buggy Walks 
Keeping Children Safe Course for Parents 
Behavioural Support 
Structured Family Support 
 

Hanson Environment Study Centre 

Kingfisher and Little Grebe (or Dab Chick) both taken at the Hanson site by local resident and Parish Councillor Tony Bedford. 
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