On Tuesday 22nd November, MK Academy hosted our annual Leaders Forum. This is where leaders from our member institutions share their findings from listening campaigns within their institutions and seek partners for further research of those issues and crafting of SMART campaign goals.
The room was bursting with 57 people representing 20 of our member institutions.
And there was no shortage of stories about issues that are affecting our communities.
“We heard about a lot of very serious issues, perhaps too many to ultimately take forward,” said Tom Robbins of Q:alliance, “but there was a lot of energy and a sense of being the right people, in the right place, at the right time to address them. ”
In the end, six research teams were created, each with a leader and representatives of at least three member institutions, to find out more about the following issues (leaders in brackets):
- Air pollution (Michael Sheppard, Transition MK)
- Hate (Fidele Mutwarasibo and Anthony Okotcha, Church of Christ the Cornerstone)
- Homelessness and housing (Chloe Markevics, YMCA, and Anna Kearns, St. Mary Magdalene’s Catholic Church)
- Mental health (Imogen, Christ the Cornerstone)
- One-stop cultural centre (Liz Kasibo, Global Outreach Foundation)
- Redways (Josephine Osei, MK Academy).
Any proposals for new campaigns must gain the consent of our members’ alliance at Delegates Assembly on 7th February, when current campaigns may also be proposed further work in the year ahead. We can proceed only with campaigns which have SMART goals and which we have sufficient capacity to support.
To support research teams, a training event will be held at MK Academy on Tuesday 6th December, 5.30-8pm. We strongly recommend that all members of research teams attend this session. Click here to book places.