An additional £10K secured for the voluntary sector in Slough

Top: Adella from SANAS collecting food for parcels, Bottom left: Sewa Day collecting deliveries
Bottom right: SWIPE van being used to support One Slough

Slough CVS has successfully secured a further £10k of funding from the Berkshire Community Foundation Vital for Berkshire – Coronavirus Appeal which will go directly to four Slough groups, providing residents with food and essential supplies during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ramesh Kukar, CEO, Slough CVS said, “As the pandemic continues, there is a greater need in the community. It will enable us to ensure that the whole community, regardless of age, gender and ethnicity is provided for. Some of the groups were set up as part of the Slough COVID-19 response and therefore do not receive mainstream funding. We need to ensure that they continue to provide the support and we are grateful to Berkshire Community Foundation for this funding.”

Slough CVS is delighted to announce that the groups receiving the funding are: Sewa Day, Mustaqbill (Future) Foundation, St Kitts and Nevis Association Slough (SANAS) and Slough West Indian People’s Enterprise (SWIPE).

SANAS supports the Afro-Caribbean community, identified as at a far higher risk from COVID-19 than any other group.  SANAS’ volunteers provide food parcels once a week to 50 people and to date have delivered 485 food parcels. Safety is key and all volunteers wear PPE equipment to protect themselves.

Sewa Day are an integral part of One Slough Community Response in co-ordinating food parcels to the elderly and hot foods supplied to Slough Outreach for the homeless. All food is donated, however they are incurring other costs such as electricity, gas, petrol, vehicle hire and PPE; the funding will support them to continue to run this service.

Mustaqbill (Future) Foundation supports community cohesion and is also working with offenders and homeless from the Pakistani community. They are currently supporting over 60 people with food and phone befriending services. They are liaising with other Slough groups to ensure their clients have access to benefit advice as well as mental health support.

During the pandemic, SWIPE is supporting One Slough delivering PPE and equipment to Slough Foodbank, volunteers, carers and care homes, to aid social distancing. They have also been delivering fresh food to be cooked in the community kitchens at Langley College for evening meals for vulnerable people, as well as snacks to the Police and other keyworkers. Jamie Green said, “We are still running some of our projects for existing music students and have also taught young people how to record their music at home, as well as work with a string quartet to produce a half hour show. As everybody knows, the show must go on!”

To date, One Slough Community Response has delivered 5,621 prescriptions, supported 972 families on a regular basis, delivered 9,909 non-perishable food parcels and 14,955 hot meals to vulnerable people, NHS, Police and key workers.

For more information about the Slough Giving – Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund and to donate, please visit: www.sloughcvs.org/donate