Local Initiatives from Friends of Transition

We are putting together a directory of Transition activity in Milton Keynes that friends of TTMK are doing. 
If you would like to be included, please get in touch or email transitiontownmk@protonmail.org

Directory of friends of local transition in MK (listed alphabetically)

Amnesty Milton Keynes
Promotes Human Rights 
Area of operation: MK wide
Website: www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/milton-keynes

Bletchley Garden Club
A garden club, which runs events open to members and members of the public
Area of operation: Bletchley

Bucks Star Beer
Solar-powered microbrewery offering fresh local pure zero-waste beer 
Area of operation: MK wide

Citizens MK
Alliance of diverse community organisations acting together for a thriving, inclusive and fairer Milton Keynes
Area of operation: MK wide
Transition themes: Social Justice

Community Action Platform for Energy (CAPE)
CAPE will provide an interactive website designed to assess energy use for individuals and communities , and provide data/information for its users.
Area of operation: Online
Transition themes: Energy
Website: https://capeproject.co.uk/ 

Global Justice Milton Keynes
Global Justice Milton Keynes is a local group of Global Justice Now (formerly The World Development Movement) a national organisation that campaigns against the root causes of poverty and inequality. Our campaigning is mainly done on-line. Local members volunteer to attend regional and national conferences. We are also active at events in Milton Keynes to raise the local profile of the organisation and its campaigns. As well as email and informal contacts we meet once a year to exchange experiences of campaigning and refresh our activism.
Area of operation: MK Wide
Transition themes: Justice, Campaigning
Website: http://groups.globaljustice.org.uk/miltonkeynes

Intu MK Green Gym
Aims to improve volunteers’ health and wellbeing through outdoor activities to improve Community Gardens in Central Milton Keynes.  It’s free, all equipment and instruction is provided and no previous experience is needed. Intu Green Gym is part of TVC, the Community Volunteering Charity. 

Mid Shires Orchard Group
Aims to conserve and promote enjoyment and use of the local orchards and rich ‘top fruit’ traditions of the four ‘mid-shires’ counties of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.
Area of Operation: Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.
Transition Theme: Environment, skills
Website: www.tapatalk.com/groups/midshiresorchardgroup/

MK Biergarten
Milton Keynes’ first micropub and bottle shop. The shop runs regular events, including beer tasting and twice monthly food nights, which showcase local producers. 
Transition theme: Food 

MK Community Fridge 
A community initiative designed to help residents and businesses reduce food waste and build stronger community bonds.
Themes: Food,  waste and recycling

MK Food Revolution
A social enterprise looking to support people to buy locally produced food. 
Area of operation: MK wide
Transition themes: Food and Nutrition
Facebook: https://facebook.com/mkfoodrevolution/

MK LetNet
Local network of member based organisation which exchanges ideas, socialising  helping one another.
Free membership, web based only, Facebook – members only page. Communicate  by e-mail (full membership or individual) or telephone. Fun currency (concrete cows) or £s as per negotiation
Area of operation: MK Wide
Transition themes: Skills sharing, Transport and Travel, socialising
Website: www.mkletnet.org.uk

MK Peace and Justice Network
Milton Keynes Peace and Justice Network was founded in 1984. It has become a focal point for people living in the Milton Keynes area who are concerned about the condition of our world, who care about issues such as world poverty, environmental destruction, threats to peace and denial of human rights, and who want to do something about them.
Area of operation: MK Wide
Transition themes: Social Justice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiltonKeynesPeaceandJusticeNetwork/

Real Nappies Milton Keynes
Information about reuseable nappies in MK
Area of operation: MK wide
Website: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/waste-recycling/other-waste-services/real-cloth-nappies

Swan Credit Union (formerly MK Credit Union)
Provide a local savings and credit facility for those who either live/work in MK or both.
Credit Unions are set up by statute and are overseen by the FSA and so savings are protected under the financial services compensation scheme. Loans provided against level of savings 
Area of operation: MK Wide
Transition themes: Personal and Community Finance

The Parks Trust
Charity which manages over 5000 acres of open space and encourages communities and individuals to get involved through volunteering, community projects, events and educational activities.
Area of operation: MK Wide
Transition themes: Food and Nutrition, Skills sharing, Economy and Business, Arts and Crafts, Education and Learning, Health
Website: www.theparkstrust.com 

Urb Farm
The Urb Farm is a social enterprise project that is part of the Milton Keynes Christian Foundation. The farm’s main aim is to work with young people and individuals requiring assistance in a new direction through horticulture. They learn all aspects of market gardening, from sowing seeds, planting, marketing and selling, and in addition they gain government-recognised functional skills and vocational qualifications.
Seasonal fruit, vegetables and flowers are grown without any chemicals. The chickens on the farm are fed quality feed making the most delicious eggs. With its own bee hives and an abundance of flowers, the honey produced is delicious and a local delicacy. Seasonal gifts and products are also made such as jams, preserves, hampers and Christmas wreaths.
The Urb Farm sell to the public at the farm and take orders via its Veggie Mail scheme every Tuesday, with veg harvested ready for collection on Fridays at the Christian Foundation.
Area of operation: MK Wide but based in Wolverton
Transition themes: Food and Nutrition, Skills sharing
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/growingpeople1/ 

Wolverton Community Energy
Wolverton Community Energy is a community owned energy hub rooted in historical Wolverton. Our ambition is to transform the rooftops on our Wolverton industrial park buildings to create renewable solar energy. We will invest any surpluses we generate directly back into our communities. We will upgrade the fabric of our commercial and community buildings, improving energy efficiency, cutting costs for businesses and improving the environment for employees. We will also invest in long-term fuel poverty relief focussed on initiatives to help our vulnerable neighbours struggling to keep warm.
Area of operation: Wolverton
Transition themes: Energy
Website: www.wolvertoncommunityenergy.uk