Slough Council for Voluntary Service (Slough CVS) is working together with Slough Borough Council and local groups to coordinate an army of volunteers to help people in the borough through the One Slough initiative.
Slough Foodbank has been overwhelmed by the number of people from the local community offering to help, from new volunteers stepping forward to help in the Foodbank and a group delivering protective gloves for their volunteers, to groups such as Paving the Way, who are raising money for them through a sponsored run/jog/walk and a company providing a free weekly clean of their premises.
Left: Husband and wife helpers Preston and Shirley Brooker, with Slough Foodbank volunteers, Dave and Eleanor
Right: Volunteer Coordinator, Helen Walton
Helen Walton, Volunteer Coordinator, Slough Foodbank said: “The biggest challenge during Covid-19 has been to keep the distribution centres adequately staffed, particularly in the second half of March, when many volunteers had to step down as they, or family members, were in the vulnerable category. My aim was to make sure we had experienced volunteers, together with untrained helpers who had offered their services. Every day began and ended with a different challenge. We are now into a rhythm and life is a lot easier. The biggest success has been our ability to keep the Foodbank open throughout, in order to provide food to clients, thanks to our amazing volunteers and the generosity of so many people who have offered to help at this time.”
Sue Sibany-King, Manager, Slough Foodbank added: “Many of our trained volunteers had to stand down due to self-isolation or shielding so the helpers have been a huge additional support to the existing teams. Supplying around 200 3-day food parcels each week, needs this community cohesion to get the job done during unprecedented times and forced new ways of working.”