Slough CVS is delighted to announce that we have won a NAVCA Heart of the Community Award, in the Partnership Award category! National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) is Slough CVS’ national membership body. NAVCA provide support to local infrastructure organisations who in turn support the voluntary sector in their areas.
Ramesh Kukar, CEO, Slough CVS and #OneSlough Co-Chair said, “As a CVS we support the local voluntary sector within Slough and surrounding areas. This year we used all the knowledge we had acquired over the years from networking meetings and listening to grassroots voices to overcome the biggest issue that the world has faced in most of our lifetimes — the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“Slough was one of the very few towns to come up with a co-ordinated plan. At the beginning of the pandemic, Slough’s leaders came together to consider how to best serve residents. The answer was to work together as ‘OneSlough’ with everyone working towards supporting the residents of Slough during this most difficult time. Co-operation, co-ordination and collaboration was universally embraced, with everyone swiftly placing egos and logos to one side and uniting around One Slough.”
Slough CVS brought together a range of voluntary/community/faith groups, charities, businesses and volunteers. Everyone engaged in a weekly #OneSlough meeting along with the local authority to deliver a coherent strategic response to the wide-ranging resident needs that arose from COVID-19. A Call Centre was established when the country first went into lockdown, aimed at supporting those who were feeling lonely or needed essential supplies due to the fact that they were shielding and /or couldn’t leave their homes.
Ketan Gandhi, Co-Chair, #OneSlough and Associate Director – Place Regulation, Place, Slough Borough Council said, “For me, Slough CVS has been the exemplar and stand out organisation of the year. The relationship with partners has been the envy of many colleagues I speak to across the country. One Slough is there to be built on and be at the heart of even greater impact. Congrats and thank you!”
In a typical lockdown week, the call centre would take over 300 calls from vulnerable residents asking for support. In the first 11 weeks, 5,621 prescriptions were delivered, 14,955 hot meals were delivered to the vulnerable, NHS, Police and key workers, 972 families were supported with food on a regular basis, 1,957 families were supported on a regular basis by Slough Foodbank, 70 emergency food parcels were delivered and 9,909 non-perishable food parcels delivered. Donations of food and support came in from all areas and were used to feed residents from all walks of life.
Jamie Green, Co-Chair #OneSlough and Slough CVS Chairman said, “We are really proud to receive this award from NAVCA and to see the fantastic work carried out across the country by our fellow CVS’. It really is an award that the whole town can celebrate, we have seen organisations, staff and volunteers work together as part of One Slough, a huge thank you to you all.”