Working together for better Milton Keynes

Citizens:mk is a developing alliance of community groups – churches, mosques, schools, unions and community associations – working together for a better Milton Keynes

Our Members:

Brooklands Farm Primary School
Christ the Cornerstone, MK Academy
MK College
MK Equality Group
MK Muslim Association
Q Alliance
Quaker Meeting
St. Augustine's RC Church
St. Fridewside's Church Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership
Future Wolverton
St. Paul's RC School

citizens:mk is supported and funded by

and part of the national network for community organising


In a packed Christ the Cornerstone Church on Monday 12th May, attended by 260 people, 12 community organisations won support for four campaigns from the leaders of MK's three main political parties. The campaigns were: Living Wage, Better Public Transport, Safe Youth Space and Weaving Trust.

In his opening address, Mayor Brian White said: "The importance of Citizens:mk is that it brings people together around social issues that really matter and which they can do something about. It encourages openness, respect and involvement. As MK grows the role of citizens in moving forward as a community gets more important and in Citizens:mk there is a powerful method for activating the energy of ordinary people."

During the evening, five different employers stood up to explain why they had recently agreed to adopt the Living Wage for all their workers. They were: the Open University, Works For Us, St. Paul's Catholic School, MK Relate and MK Citizens Advice Bureau.

Fair Transport - webby


In the first deal of its kind to be made with a future Council Leader, all three MK party leaders agreed to support the production and distribution of a Bus Passengers Charter outlining passengers' rights and responsibilities.

"The current inadequate public bus system, old bus fleet and poor road surfaces, needs a radical overhaul to meet the needs of a rapidly growing city and the effects of increases car usage," said Jacqueline Eustace (pictured above with Matthew ria and William Appiah. "We know there is no immediate solution but we believe we can achieve a transport system that is less unjust".

choir of Brooklands Farm Primary - webby


Students from MK Academy and Brooklands Farm (pictured above) danced and sang before presenting the rationale and goals of their campaign, 'Weaving Trust In Our Communities'.

Then the students spoke and secured a visit from the future Council Leader to find out more about their initiative to create new activities linking young people and old people and involve local partner organisations wherever possible.

"We are delighted to be involved in the Weaving Trust campaign being led by schools in Citizens:mk," said Angela Novell, of partner MK Dons. "This partnership helps our mission to promote education and community participation in Milton Keynes."

If you would like to volunteer at the 'Big Lunch' event being held at MK Academy on Sunday 1st June, please contact Mark Wasserberg or Debbie Gockelen.