​An award from the Mayor!


Slough CVS is delighted to have received an award from the Mayor of Slough, Cllr Paul Sohal, in recognition of its service to supporting and developing the voluntary sector in Slough. Ramesh Kukar, CEO and Jamie Green, Chairman of Slough CVS (pictured above) were presented with the award this week.

Slough CVS were one of a number of organisations receiving the award, including Aik Saath and Slough Foodbank.

​Licensing private rented property in Slough


The council want to make sure private rented properties offer residents a choice of safe, quality and well managed accommodation.

They know most landlords operate professionally and the private rented sector provides housing options for local people. Sadly, we still have concerns about levels of anti-social behaviour, overcrowding and some properties that fail to meet satisfactory levels of tenancy and property management.

They’re now proposing two new licensing schemes to tackle these issues. These proposals would allow the council to focus action against landlords who ignore their responsibilities while providing light touch regulation for landlords who are compliant.

Proposal 1 - Borough-wide ‘additional licensing scheme’
This scheme would cover ALL small houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) not covered by mandatory licensing.

Proposal 2 - Targeted ‘selective licensing scheme’
This scheme would require the majority of properties rented to single households or two unrelated people in the Central and Chalvey wards to be licensed.

Take 10 minutes to share your views

Complete the survey online

The consultation will close on Thursday 31 January 2019.

​Slough Voluntary Sector Awards Evening — The results!


Eagerly awaited Winners were announced at the glamorous 2018 Voluntary Sector Awards Evening on Friday 16th November at the Heathrow /Windsor Marriott Hotel. Over 200 guests enjoyed a celebration of volunteering, designed to recognise and thank those who give so much time and commitment to help their community.

Volunteers, members of charities and community groups and business sponsors were wined and dined in style, during an evening of fun and entertainment, which started with a champagne and chocolate fountain reception and ended with dancing into the early hours.

The evening was compered by Lisa Cunningham and Ramesh Kukar of Slough CVS, with guests of honour The Mayor of Slough, Paul Sohal and Tan Dhesi, MP for Slough. Awards were presented by representatives of Slough Borough Council, Trustees at Slough Council for Voluntary Service, the Clinical Lead for Slough CCG and the Rotary Club of Slough. The winning Charities of the Year received a £1,000 prize, donated by the Rotary Club of Slough and Slough CVS.

Many lucky guests also found themselves winners of raffle prizes, kindly donated by sponsors and local businesses, including an Amazon Fire Tablet, Royal Windsor Racecourse Enclosure tickets, Afternoon Tea for Two at Stoke Park Country Club and The Curve Pantomime tickets. The event was sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery and Redwood Technologies.

Business Support of the Year
Winner Landid & Brockton – The Porter Building
Highly Commended A2 Dominion
Highly Commended Gibbs and Dandy
Highly Commended LeasePlan (UK)

Young Volunteer of the Year
Winner Louise Ellis
Runner Up Alaa Fawaz
Runner Up Raakhi Sharma

SCVS Partnership Award
Winner Creative Academy

Volunteer of the Year
Winner Alan Meredith
Highly Commended Sabeena Akram
Highly Commended Mark Bannister
Highly Commended Harvey Haines

Group of the Year
Winner Home-Start Slough
Winner Meet & Mingle
3rd Place Slough Community First Responders

Slough Observer on-line coverage can be found here
Slough Express on-line coverage can be found here

#ReachOut Campaign


The #ReachOut campaign to tackle loneliness and social isolation, launched on 1st August at the Playday event.

The aim of the campaign is to improve the health and wellbeing of Slough residents by encouraging people to ‘reach out’ and seek help and support if they are feeling lonely or socially isolated; as well as offer advice to people wanting to help those who are lonely or isolated.

On the day, cabinet member for health and social care, councillor Natasa Pantelic spoke about the campaign and how we can address the issue in Slough.

She was joined by organisations and voluntary groups from across the borough supporting the initiative and offering advice and information for those suffering from loneliness or isolation, or for those who think they may know someone who is.

The groups also highlighted the many events and volunteering opportunities residents can be involved in as part of #ReachOut, such as the Slough Befriending Service, which offers support face-to-face or by phone to anyone living in Slough, and Good Gym, the new running initiative where you can get fit, make friends and volunteer all at the same time.

Councillor Pantelic said: “We are launching Reach Out because we want to reduce the likelihood of someone becoming lonely or isolated in our town and ensure they are able to access support when they need it.

“We are encouraging residents to be alert to this possibility and provide help and support to neighbours, friends and families at the right time.

“I also encourage everyone to support their local charities and community groups to help tackle this important issue.”

Whether you’re feeling lonely yourself or you know someone who might be, visit the official page for tips and advice on how to ‘reach out’, as well as links to local organisations and charities who can provide help and support.

There are also details on spotting the signs of loneliness and social isolation, from a change in a person’s situation to illness and more. This information should hopefully help people to spot signs in themselves or others around them.

Council staff as well as members of the Slough Wellbeing Board will also be making pledges to help tackle this issue, including checking in on a neighbour each week, getting involved with volunteering and outreach and more.

To find out more about the campaign, visit www.slough.gov.uk/reachout and follow @SloughCouncil on Twitter.

​NHS commissioners launch online survey as part of the big conversatio


NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launches an online survey as part of its drive to engage with local people about what matters to them when they require urgent care. The survey will run from 10 July – 6 August.

Urgent care services are for people who have an injury or illness that needs attention the same day, but it is not life-threatening or life changing. These services are currently provided by a number of health professionals, including GPs, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and others.

The CCG has had a busy few weeks talking to over 280 local people at meetings, online via two ‘Cover It Live’ sessions and by visiting local community groups. These early conversations are designed to ensure that patients and local residents are involved from the beginning in influencing how services should be developed.

The survey launches the second phase of the ‘Big conversation’ around urgent care. The survey has been designed to give local people an idea of some of the things we have heard already and test their views.

The survey can be accessed by using the following link:


The insights from these conversations and the survey will inform what services could look like in the future.

Dr Adrian Hayter, Locality Lead for Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead, said: “It’s really important for local people to be part of this journey to help us transform the future of urgent care in East Berkshire. We need local people to share their experiences and tell us what matters to them when they have an urgent care need.

He added: “I would like to reassure the people of East Berkshire that their feedback will be taken into account in developing options for the future. If we need to proceed to a formal consultation stage before making any changes, we will do so later in the autumn.”

More information can be found on the East Berkshire CCG website: https://www.eastberkshireccg.nhs.uk/our-work/transforming-urgent-care-services/