Slough CVS exists to support and develop the voluntary sector in Slough. Acting as an umbrella body we bring continuity to the sector while enabling members to continue delivering vital support to the local community.
We believe that the voluntary sector underpins the fabric of our society and by acting together we ensure that small groups have a big voice in Slough and the surrounding area.
We are passionate about helping small charities to work more effectively in the local community and provide the best training, advice, support, and tools so that groups can provide the best outcomes for users in a safe and practical way.
Honesty - We value integrity, transparency and openness in everything we do
Fairness – We are committed to fairness and equality within Slough’s voluntary sector
Diversity– We appreciate the diversity of Slough’s community and their contribution to the common good of Slough
Our mission is to promote any charitable purposes for the benefit of the community in the borough of Slough and local areas.
Slough CVS dates back to the 1930’s; during the early years it was known as Slough Social Service Council and was responsible for supporting the unemployed in Slough and reaching out to those in need.
Slough Social Service Council continued to support members of the community throughout the decades and post war years. Then in 1973/74 in line with National Policy the name changed to Slough Council for Voluntary Service to avoid confusion with the Social Services department of the Local Authority.
During the 1980’s the function of regional CVS's had evolved to support the work of local voluntary community organisations (VCO) through information, advice, guidance and training. Slough CVS had also developed and was now oﬀering training, advice, consultancy, bid writing and partnership working and a paid community development worker.
Today, Slough CVS has expanded the amount of networking and partnership work we do. We run Slough Community Network forums on behalf of bodies such as the NHS and contribute to Slough Borough Council and initiatives such as the Older People’s Strategy Consultations and the Diversity Conference.
The Voluntary Sector Resource Centre next door at 29 Church Street is now ready to welcome groups with a meeting and training area.
SPACE (Slough Prevention Alliance Community Engagement)
SPACE is an alliance made up of 4 Consortia members, Slough CVS, Royal Voluntary Service, Slough Community Transport and Slough Crossroads and over 40 associate members. SPACE delivers a number of key services in Slough such as information, signposting and carers support. SPACE will ensure that the voluntary sector is working towards a shared set of health and social care outcomes.
Slough Advice Centre (SPACE Service)
SPACE and Shelter work with all the other member organisations of the advice forum to deliver an information and advice service.
The service is available from Monday- Friday 9.30am – 2pm at 27 Church Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1PL. A telephone helpline is also available from Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm on 0344 515380. The information and advice member organisations contact details can be found at http://sloughadvicecentre.co.uk/
Slough Carers Support Website (SPACE Service)
A carer is someone who supports a partner, family member or friend due to the person’s age, illness, disability, substance misuse or mental health problem. This is different to providing paid professional care, or acting as a volunteer through an organisation. Carers come from all communities and are of all ages.
Wellbeing Prescribing (SPACE Service)
Wellbeing prescribing is a programme where health professionals link up patients to activities and support in the community that may benefit them – a non-medical prescription. It can be particularly effective in helping individuals to manage long-term conditions, mental health problems and social isolation. The voluntary and community sector (VCS) plays a crucial role in wellbeing prescribing by delivering the activities and groups that make up a wellbeing prescription.
WAM Get Involved
WAM Get Involved was set up in 2014. The team works across Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead to build capacity within the voluntary sector through regular information, consultations such as Addressing Loneliness in the Borough, networking meetings and workshops including safeguarding and management. The WAM Get Involved website enables local residents to access volunteering opportunities as well as find out about local activities and news. The team also works with the business sector to help them and their employees to improve their links with the local community.
COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
Jamie Green - Chairman
Alan Bevan - Treasurer
Councillor Shabnum Sadiq
SLOUGH COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE - DOCUMENTS
To view this year's annual report and accounts, download a PDF version: 2015/2016