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Capacity Building

Supporting your community group by matching volunteers to causes

Why volunteer?

As well as offering grants, MK Community Foundation offers Capacity Building support to help strengthen governance, income generation and planning within charities and community groups.

Having the the right people in the right roles creates a stronger and more sustainable foundation so that you can continue to do the charitable work you set out to do.

We offer trustee and skills match programmes, matching individuals who would like to donate their time and skills to the community groups that need them the most.

Trustee match

This service facilitates the recruitment of individuals wanting to offer their time and expertise to local community groups.

MK Community Foundation will work directly with the individual to find the right placement for them.

Organisations seeking trustees can be assured that we’ll facilitate connections with the people who have the skills and passion to help them meet their objectives.

Skills match

With so many roles to be filled and obstacles to be overcome in charities and community groups, having the right people in the right roles really makes a difference in the effectiveness of the organisation.

We can help to link individuals or corporate businesses offering their skills on a pro-bono basis with charities and community groups that need them.

Each of these services is available free of charge, please contact Michaela Clark – Capacity Building Manager for more information –

Trustee vacancies

For more information on the roles please contact:


Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes Sexual Assault & Abuse Support Service are seeking a skilled individual to join their dedicated team of volunteers. They do not require someone with previous trustee experience as they are happy to provide training.

Exciting time of growth and development as this small but ambitious charity continues to develop its service offer for those affected by sexual violence and abuse.

The role will require 6-8 hours per month including a monthly meeting with the CEO and a trustee meeting on the third Thursday of every other month which is currently online.

Volunteers and trustees have 'real lives’ so flexibility is accounted for. The trustees also run action groups in between the main trustee meetings to develop relevant themes when needed.

Volunteer vacancies

For more information on the roles please contact:

MK Ethnic Business Community

MK Ethnic Business Community (MKEBC) aim to bridge the gap in visibility between the homogeneous business community of Milton Keynes and the talent that exist in the Ethnic Business Community.

The group are currently looking for volunteers to support in administration, communication, web development, events management and copywriting.

Time commitment is likely to be 3 – 5 hours per week.

IT Support Volunteer

Milton Keynes Play Association (MKPA) is a charity launched in 1971 to provide play opportunities for children.

They are looking for expertise in IT automation systems to enable them to develop their online computer booking system.

This will be a time specific project commitment.

Marketing Volunteer

Milton Keynes Play Association (MKPA) are looking for one off advice and guidance on exploring their routes to market options.

This will be a time specific project commitment

Making Good Better Community Service

MGB run a weekly breakfast club at Fishermead Trinity Centre on Monday’s and Wednesdays from 10:00-12:00, support is needed to help the kitchen with taking orders, preparing food and interacting with the customers.

Fishermead Trinity Centre are able to offer training and access to a food hygiene certificate. The ideal candidate will have good interpersonal skills and want to engage with the local community

Community Representatives

We seek highly motivated people to join our volunteer Grants Committee to play an important role in the Community Foundation’s grant making.

Our Community Representatives represent a broad cross section of our community, bringing knowledge, expertise and lived experience of the voluntary sector and the various issues we support.

We are currently particularly seeking applicants with knowledge, skills and/or lived experience of one or more of the following:

  • Mental health
  • Young people
  • Work
  • Education
  • Issues effecting  LGBTQ+ people
  • Sport
  • Issues affecting BME people

How to become a Community Representative

To deliver on our commitment to the community, the Grants Committee needs to be prepared to give their time and expertise, which requires:

• Making a commitment to regular attendance to a minimum of 4 committee meetings held per financial year.

• Attending training and remaining up to date on the Community Foundation’s Grants Policy.

Please express your interest in the form of a cover letter (no more than 500 words) and an up-to-date CV detailing your relevant skills and experience to Kay Smith.

Please email Kay or call 01908 690 276 if you have any queries.

Fundraiser / Bid Writer

Alina is a new professional orchestra that wants to make classical music accessible & inclusive for everyone in the community.

Alina Orchestra are looking for a someone to help the newly formed orchestra reach their fundraising targets. The role will include sourcing and investigate new funding opportunities to support the orchestra’s core costs. Completing and funding bids to funders and ensuring that the groups monitoring is submitted to funders in a timely manner.

The ideal candidate will have good written skills to create accurate, compelling and persuasive copy in a range of formats to entice new audience and prospects.

In return the candidate will receive in kind tickets for Alina performances, have the ability to utilise their skills for the benefit of the local community and be part of a new and exciting orchestra for Buckinghamshire.

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