On Tuesday 4th December, Slough CVS welcomed over 70 members of the community to its Slough Community Network Winter celebration, at the new arts space in the town centre, HOME on the High Street.
The theme of the celebration was happiness, which was led by Linda Tabor-Thomas of Happiness in Slough. Community members eagerly took part in activities including: laughter therapy, gratitude bingo and making origami hearts, with handwritten messages of hope for the homeless.
Guests also enjoyed entertainment throughout the event, with musical performances from Irish Frank, Michelle B and Omari, as well as a festive buffet and slice of cake to round off the celebration.
During the celebration, the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Paul Sohal presented quality assurance (Slough Quality Protects) certificates to four groups including: Mens Matters, Resource Productions, Destiny Support and Slough Immigration Aid and an incredible 26 Volunteer Passport Awards.
The event was not only a chance for the Slough Community to connect with each other but also to give something back. Attendees were asked to donate a small wrapped gift for the homeless.
Ramesh KuKar, CEO at Slough CVS said: “What a wonderful celebratory event that brought together our community to bring joy and happiness to the most vulnerable residents of Slough. We were overwhelmed by the level of support provided to the homeless community, with over 200 items donated.”
Items donated included hats, scarves, gloves, sleeping bags and even tents. A special thank you goes out to the community from the Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre for their generous donations. Shin Dhother from the Slough OutReach project was on hand, alongside Santa in his sleigh (kindly loaned by the Slough Community Transport scheme), to collect the donated gifts to pass onto the homeless community in Slough.
Yvette Hockley, Volunteer Coordinator at Slough CVS said: “The event simply wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a host of volunteers, including 14 members of GoodGym Slough, who wrapped donated gifts, decorated the hall and even one special volunteer who played the part of Santa.”