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Touching the Heart of Milton Keynes: a social perspective

Milton Keynes comes to life in this concise, yet comprehensive and multi-dimensional exploration of a city often misunderstood. Carefully and lovingly researched, this is a tale of roundabouts and concrete cows, of earlier settlers often marginalised and forgotten, or a promising football team, of lakes and water sports, a thriving business and social community with unique issues, but a very promising future.

Susan Popoola

Croydon, Filament Publishing, 2nd ed. 2012 ISBN 978-1-908691-07-1

231 pp



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Touching the Heart of Milton Keynes front cover



Welcome to Milton Keynes!
Fireworks and birthday cake
The enigma of the cows
Forty, four hundred or four thousand years?
Beyond the enigma
Sporting good fun
And if you don't like sports
Melting pot
Forever changing - growth
Not sure about a casino, but …
A commuter city?
Farmers and railway workers
And then they came from all around
Those who were born here
What are we all looking for?
I need a roof over my head
Communities and society
Moving from A to B: redways
Pandora in a complex world of opportunities
Welfare system
Support - rights and responsibilities
communication and joint working to succeed
So who comes next?
Middle child syndrome
So how successful are we?
The political system
The politicians - I think that they are actually human
A quangoland
What if God was one of us?
The heart of Milton Keynes
Soul town - a call to social consciousness
decoding the media
Who are the people in your neighbourhood - Common Purpose
Influencing & participating with the media
Have you ever been there? A moment of introspection
Get out there or help someone else to do so - volunteering and sponsorship
An orchestra of agencies
Credit Union
Our heritage
Creative arts
Do it yourself - Lakes youth
Foot soldiers
Business involvement -Rok - the nation's local builder
One step further - long-term involvement
5 a day at the Lakes
Leave your car at home
Food banks
A bit of extra care
Social capitalism
Landlord responsibility
An urban Eden
Supporting those offering support
Mind the gaps I - increasing the viable options of future generations
Mind the gap 2 - tapping into diversity
Minding the gaps 3 - expectations
Bridging the housing gap
Conclusion - can do, will do?
Useful resources
About the author