Ketan Gandhi, Service Lead – Communities & Leisure, Adult & Communities, Slough Borough Council
Tan Dhesi, MP for Slough
Yvette Hockley, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Slough CVS
Slough CVS staff
Volunteers were thanked this week in personal video messages circulated over social media by Slough Borough Council, Tan Dhesi, MP for Slough and Slough Council for Voluntary Service for their work in Slough, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Volunteers have come together to form group supporting their neighbours, and established groups have brought their volunteers together to support the community.
Sai Seva Slough established in 2012. At the end of March, they began preparing home cooked meals to those in need and have to date cooked and delivered 2400 meals to the community, working alongside Slough Outreach. All of this work has been co-ordinated by Anjali Singhal, who said, “A group of professionals from the hospitality industry stepped in to utilise the facilities at Langley College and volunteer to cook hot and fresh meals for those in need and for NHS key workers to thank them for their efforts. The families of Sai Seva group have also been generously donating in kind support.”
New initiatives have been set up with many established groups changing their focus to support the community, working together with other charities.
Wellbeing Friends, an initiative started in March by the One Slough Community Response Team, to support elderly and/or self-isolating residents. Manjit Birk, a GoodGym Slough volunteer said, “I offered to help Slough CVS with wellbeing calls. I’ve now been speaking to four residents and we have built up a great rapport. They are so grateful to be checked in on and it makes me feel like my little contribution to our community is making a difference.”
Yvette Hockley, SCVS Volunteer Coordinator said, “I have been humbled to hear of the amazing work that is going on to get people food, medication and company so that the most vulnerable in our community can stay safe. I want to thank everyone who has contributed and especially to the volunteers who have given their time, effort and expertise to make Slough a place to be even prouder of.”
Volunteers and the voluntary sector are needed more now that ever to support residents with their physical and mental wellbeing and the impact of the pandemic on their lives.
The videos can be viewed below and on the Slough CVS YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEOjA0gmewZgiDIyFYECDzQ