One of PWA services during the pandemic, food deliveries
At the onset of the pandemic PWA (Pakistani Welfare Association) adjusted its services to provide support to the community and key workers in key areas such as essential food, hot food packages and prescription drop offs delivered in partnership with local organisations, such as Slough Islamic Trust.
The President of PWA, Mr Shabbir said, “Race, religion and background have no bearing on humanity and decency and we are honoured to support those in the community who need it.”
The group provided support to members with regular telephone contact and a befriending service, which was of particular importance for female clients who felt isolated due to pandemic. The group also provided support outside the area. One member commented that the service provided by PWA helped her family get through pandemic as no such service was available in her area.
Shaida Akbar, Vice President, PWA said, “It is truly heartwarming to see so many people who don’t have much themselves, from taxi drivers to NHS workers, giving what they have to help others. This is the true spirit of togetherness especially as we can’t physically come together to celebrate Eid Al-Adha.”
PWA also started to deliver online class for their clients as well as resuming their Nadra card services and drop-in service, in compliance with government guidance.
They are now planning ahead to support the community further including a hotline for local residents to provide support, working with One Slough Community Response.
The Pakistani community has a high level of underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease. PWA has been highlighting health advice, self-help information, COVID-19 stay safe guidance through a Whatsapp group and encouraging its members to get tested at the new Montem hybrid testing centre.