Giving back to the community for MK50
Last year some young people from Ousedale and Shelney Brook End schools helped with a good deed in their community by creating a new garden at St Francis Adoption Centre. This time we have gone one better – or to be more accurate – 49 times better as we have completed 50 good works in the community!
On July 10th Cllr David Hopkins, The Mayor of Milton Keynes recently joined a gathering of inspirational young people to recognise their achievement at a special celebration held at MK Play Association. The pupils were all part of the ‘Get Involved in Volunteering’ team who had risen to the challenge to perform 50 good works in their community in celebration of our 50th anniversary. The Mayor came along to formally open the newly painted meeting room at MK Play Association and show off the beautiful cavasses bedecked with images of MK and the MK 50th Logo.
For the past three years, a number of local secondary schools in MK have taken part in the GIV scheme. The charity supports our young people by inviting them to take part in structured volunteering as part of the school curriculum. They work alongside 6th form student mentors who support them in their volunteering and learn valuable skills themselves.
Aiming to deliver 50 good works was ambitious but this didn’t dent their enthusiasm. Their volunteering activities included helping MK SNAP with gardening and painting, assisting the Parks Trust with survey work and litter collection, collecting items for the Food Bank and making cakes for the homeless at the Winter Night Shelter. They made pancakes to raise money and promote fair trade, painted a meeting room and created a mural for MK Play Association. Individuals, including the teachers and charity trustees also rose to the challenge. Some shaved their heads for charity and donated their hair to a teenage cancer trust; some gave blood and some gave up their time, working as guides for the visually impaired. What they all achieved was a transformation in the way we see young people – as individuals all prepared to give back to their community.
GIV is on the lookout for more charities and organisations to support next year so if you have an idea and want to recruit a band of willing volunteers please contact Debbie Greaves the local coordinator. www.givmk.co.uk