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Housekeeping supervisor Role

YMCA Milton Keynes provides housing and support to 150 young people. We are about to redevelop our site to provide bigger and better facilities. We are looking for a hardworking, flexible and reliable person to lead our housekeeping team. This team will be responsible for ensuring that our facilities remain clean and tidy at all times.
The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, be able to work with groups and individuals at different levels, be enthusiastic with a can do attitude and be capable of implementing actions to resolve problems. You must also have a proven track record of a supervisory role and a driving licence.

Housekeeping Supervisor
Salary: £8,800 per annum
Contract: 20hrs
Based: Central Milton Keynes

The closing date for applications is 12 noon Monday 7 May 2018
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Thursday 17 May2018

If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please email Kamila@mkymca.com and you will be sent a full application pack.
For an informal discussion about the post please contact Kevin on 01908 295600.
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Director of Development Job Vacancy

We are an exciting and ambitious charity – creating a landmark youth housing project in Milton Keynes. We are looking for an equally ambitious colleague to join our leadership team and direct our fundraising and communications activities

Director of Development
Salary: Circa £40K + per annum, dependent on experience
Contract: Full time and Permanent (part time/flexible working considered)
Based: Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes YMCA is an independent charity that:
• Supports more than 350 formerly homeless young people each year
• Champions young people’s housing issues
• Provides a programme of training and support to enable young people to belong, contribute and thrive
We are seeking an exceptional person who:
• Has successfully researched funding opportunities, written compelling bids and secured funds
• Has a proven track record in developing philanthropy, having successfully raised substantial funds
• Has a proven experience in marketing, PR and donor events
• Is a highly motivated self-starter with a passion for building new relationships
• Has the ability to influence decision makers, negotiate and promote services
• Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills
This is an exciting opportunity for someone to be part of the leadership team and help grow our charity, and broaden their skills and experience. The post holder will help to define long-term organisational strategic goals, manage a small team, build key relationships, identify business opportunities, negotiate and close funding deals, write funding bids, and manage communication and marketing activities. We are seeking someone who is determined, committed and well organised with excellent communication skills. If you think you have what it takes to make a difference, then we want to hear from you.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon Monday 9 April 2018
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Friday 20 April 2018
There will be a second interview for selected candidates on Friday 27 April 2018

If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please email Kamila@mkymca.com and you will be sent a full application pack.
CVs will not be accepted or taken into account.
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


SleepEasy 2018 goes ahead – despite snow and temperatures falling to -4C

Supporters and residents gathered at Y Base in Central Milton Keynes last Friday [16th March 2018] for SleepEasy, YMCA’s national campaign to highlight the issue of youth homelessness and raise funds to support the vital work of local YMCAs , despite forecasts for snow and temperatures plunging to -4C in the early hours of the morning.

The evening started with a joint event hosted by YMCA Milton Keynes and Citizens:mk – to launch its ‘House the Homeless’ campaign. During a panel discussion, involving Cllr Pete Marland, Leader MK Council, Gamiel Yafai, Chair of MK Homelessness Partnership, and Simon Green, CEO YMCA Milton Keynes, Citizens:mk members were able to ask questions and learn a lot more about the complexities of addressing the homeless situation in Milton Keynes. This was followed by an Assembly and series of contributions, including testimonies from two YMCA residents about their personal experience of being homeless and the showing, on video, of a moving new song about homelessness by pupils of Summerfield School.  Citizens:mk also presented Gamiel with a ‘Citizens Gold Award’ for the work that the Partnership had undertaken to date to address the homeless situation and pledged the support of its member organisations to work with the Partnership and MK Council in achieving their goal to eradicate rough sleeping in Milton Keynes by 2021.

As the majority of the participants in the Assembly headed for home shortly after 10:00pm a group of some 20 YMCA supporters and residents headed outside to start their night sleeping in temporary cardboard shelters or in small tents. The temperature did drop as predicted and rain soon turned to snow – leaving a light dusting across the encampment as people emerged in the grey dawn, grateful that they had a home to go to where they could thaw out: unlike the people still sleeping rough in Milton Keynes.

Supporter, Darren Thomson, Director of local video media agency, Movey, documented the evening with a short video [see above].

YMCA Milton Keynes would like to thank everyone who slept out – and their sponsors who so generously made donations; to Truby’s Garden Tea Room for feeding the sleepers on the Friday evening; to Sainsbury’s CMK for the breakfast on Saturday morning; to Citizens:mk and representatives from its member organisations for organising and participating in the discussion and Assembly – and also donating to SleepEasy – and entertainment from Tinkers Lane band that rounded off the evening in style.

You can still support YMCA Milton Keynes SleepEasy and hep raise vital funds for the work it carries out with formerly homeless young people by going to www.localgiving.org/donation/MKYMCA and leaving a message that includes ‘SleepEasy 2018’.


YMCA Milton Keynes’ application to become a Registered Provider of social housing approved

The redevelopment of YMCA Milton Keynes site in Central Milton Keynes made significant progress this week, following confirmation from the Regulator of Social Housing that its application to become a Registered Provider of social housing [RP] had been approved.

“The redevelopment of our site and the building of a new, purpose designed, campus where we can provide accommodation and support for formerly homeless young people is incredibly complex”, said YMCA Milton Keynes Chief Executive, Simon Green.

“Not only are there multiple land owners involved and multiple partners in the overall project – but also complex funding arrangements that need to be put in place. Approval of our application to become a Registered Provider is a major advance as it enables us to draw down a significant grant from Homes England, without which the new development could not have progressed.”

YMCA Milton Keynes has ambitious plans to build a new purpose designed eight storey campus building on part of the site it currently occupies in Central Milton Keynes. The new development will provide accommodation for 196 residents, 50 more than at present, together with improved training and meeting rooms for the delivery of its engagement, support and learning programme, and a number of units for social enterprises that will provide work experience, training and employment opportunities for some residents and an independent income for the charity, to fund its activities.

“This news is the successful culmination of more than two years work by the team at YMCA Milton Keynes led by Simon”, said chair of trustees, Cheryl Montgomery, “and moves us ever closer to being able to provide a modern, well equipped, building where we can accommodate and support some of the most vulnerable young people in our community and help them to turn their lives around.”


YMCA flats available for young workers

YMCA Milton Keynes has vacancies coming up in its flats in the city centre.

If you are 18-34 and in employment and would like to be considered, contact us now on 01908 295600 or e-mail admin@mkymca.com.

Our studio flats are unfurnished come with a small kitchen and bathroom. All flats have a balcony, giving you a small amount of private outdoor space.

YMCA can provide information and advice to people on a low wage about applying for Housing Benefit and Working Tax Credit to help to meet housing and living costs.

Studio flat bed-sitting room with balcony

Studio flat – small kitchen