Milton Keynes

Launched in 2010, Citizens:MK is a growing alliance of community groups – churches, mosques, schools, unions and community associations – working together for a fairer Milton Keynes. Using the methods of community organising, we are building a powerful civil society alliance that will work with the other sectors of society for the common good of Milton Keynes. We are achieving that goal by training people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds to take action together for change.

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Milton Keynes' Leaders get training for the New Year

In December five leaders from four Milton Keynes member institutions attended the first of three Action Learning Sets  following Two-Day Training.

Each of the five participants took turns to present an issue blocking their leadership and took open questions from the group.They then decided on one or two actions to take before next meeting.

The overall impact on trainees, according to their before/after ratings, was:

  • 78% increase in ‘My awareness of tools for building relational power’
  • 100% increase in ‘My confidence in my community leadership’
  • 67% increase in ‘My motivation to make positive change in my community’.

“I found the session very helpful and interesting,” said participant Sofia Hassan.  “It has helped me to have the confidence to talk about concerns that I have in the community and be able to approach some of the power holders.  I’m looking forward to the next session too.”

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Pupils in mass action for Redways improvements

In April, 400 pupils from five MK schools walked from their schools to the city centre to ask the Leader of the Council for 50 Redways improvements in MK’s 50th birthday year.   This was the first major action of the Redways Relaunch campaign, which was filmed and broadcast on BBC TV Look East.

Two pupil leaders, from MK Academy and St. Paul’s Catholic School, knocked for Cllr Pete Marland at Civic Offices and asked him to accompany them across the road to City Square, outside Marks & Spencers, where all the other students and pupils were gathered.

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Stitch-in Shows M&S Shoppers Support Living Wage

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Living Wage supporters staged a ‘stitch-in’ outside Marks & Spencers in Central Milton Keynes.  Ten women had a sit-down tea party and sewed hand-made messages onto M&S handkerchiefs, to be delivered to the board, celebrity endorsers, and major shareholders of the British retail giant at its annual general meeting at Wembley Stadium on 7th July.  The action was co-ordinated by Citizens:mk with the Craftivist Collective and ShareAction’s AGM Army to press UK retailers to pay a Living Wage.  

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