Slough CVS exists to support and develop the voluntary sector in Slough. Acting as an umbrella body we bring continuity to the sector while enabling members to continue delivering vital support to the local community.
We believe that the voluntary sector underpins the fabric of our society and by acting together we ensure that small groups have a big voice in Slough and the surrounding area.
We are passionate about helping small charities to work more effectively in the local community and provide the best training, advice, support, and tools so that groups can provide the best outcomes for users in a safe and practical way.
Honesty - We value integrity, transparency and openness in everything we do
Fairness – We are committed to fairness and equality within Slough’s voluntary sector
Diversity– We appreciate the diversity of Slough’s community and their contribution to the common good of Slough
Our mission is to promote any charitable purposes for the benefit of the community in the borough of Slough and local areas.
Slough CVS is a charity that exists to improve the quality of life of people in Slough and make a positive difference in our community. Slough CVS is an established Charity that has been running for over 80 years. We strive to improve the lives of the people of Slough and the surrounding areas.
- Slough CVS offers a range of information and advice to help with every aspect of running a voluntary organisation. These include signposting and advocacy
- We provide a comprehensive quality assurance program called SQP which is designed to equip small groups with the necessary tools to ensure they have the correct policies, procedures and quality systems in place.
- We run a wide range of networking events in and around the region to bring stakeholders together and facilitate debate.
In Slough our projects comprise of providing a service to the voluntary sector and volunteers, the SPACE service (Information & Advice, Carers and healthy activities) and Wellbeing Prescribing Service (for residents) and in Windsor Ascot in Maidenhead, we run the WAM Get Involved service.
29 Church Street in 1935 – the then headquarters of charity Cats Protection
The Voluntary Sector Resource Centre next door at 29 Church Street is now ready to welcome groups with a meeting and training area.
SPACE (Slough Prevention Alliance Community Engagement)
SPACE is an alliance of over 30 associate members led by Slough CVS. The SPACE consortium delivers a number of key services in Slough for adults such as information, health and wellbeing and carers support. SPACE associates will work towards a shared set of health and social care outcomes.
Slough Advice Centre (A SPACE funded service)
Shelter leads the advice centre and work with other I&A providers.
The service is available from Monday- Friday 9.30am – 2pm at 27 Church Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1PL. A telephone helpline is also available from Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm on 0344 515380. The information and advice member organisations contact details can be found at http://sloughadvicecentre.co.uk/
Slough Carers Support Website (SPACE Service)
A carer is someone who supports a partner, family member or friend due to the person’s age, illness, disability, substance misuse or mental health problem. This is different to providing paid professional care, or acting as a volunteer through an organisation. Carers come from all communities and are of all ages. Slough Carers Support offers free information, advice and access to support groups to all unpaid adult carers.
Wellbeing Prescribing (SPACE Service)
Wellbeing Prescribing is a service where health professionals can refer residents to a link worker to co-produce non-clinical prescription. The prescription links patients to activities and support in the community that may benefit them. It is particularly effective in helping individuals to manage long-term conditions, mental health problems and social isolation. The voluntary and community sector (VCS) plays a crucial role in the service by delivering the activities and groups that make up the prescription. Referrals to the service are currently made through GP practices, adult social care and neighbourhood services.
Slough Get Involved
The Slough Get Involved website contains a list of voluntary sector groups working in Slough. The website allows local residents who are interested in volunteering an opportunity to search for current vacancies and to contact the organisations directly.
WAM Get Involved
WAM Get Involved was set up in 2014. The team works across Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead to build capacity within the voluntary sector through regular information, consultations such as Addressing Loneliness in the Borough, networking meetings and workshops including safeguarding and management. The WAM Get Involved website enables local residents to access volunteering opportunities as well as find out about local activities and news. The team also works with the business sector to help them and their employees to improve their links with the local community.
Slough CVS took over the HOME slough contract on 1st September 2018. The programme empowers and involves the community in its decision-making, enabling people to have brilliant art experiences in the place that they live. HOME on the High Street is a pop-up space for creativity at the Entrance to the Observatory Shopping Centre in the High Street, which will be at the heart of HOME Slough’s work.
COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
Jamie Green - Chairman
Alan Bevan - Treasurer
Councillor Shabnum Sadiq
SLOUGH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE - DOCUMENTS
To view this year's annual report and accounts, download a PDF version: 2017/2018