#ReachOut Campaign


The #ReachOut campaign to tackle loneliness and social isolation, launched on 1st August at the Playday event.

The aim of the campaign is to improve the health and wellbeing of Slough residents by encouraging people to ‘reach out’ and seek help and support if they are feeling lonely or socially isolated; as well as offer advice to people wanting to help those who are lonely or isolated.

On the day, cabinet member for health and social care, councillor Natasa Pantelic spoke about the campaign and how we can address the issue in Slough.

She was joined by organisations and voluntary groups from across the borough supporting the initiative and offering advice and information for those suffering from loneliness or isolation, or for those who think they may know someone who is.

The groups also highlighted the many events and volunteering opportunities residents can be involved in as part of #ReachOut, such as the Slough Befriending Service, which offers support face-to-face or by phone to anyone living in Slough, and Good Gym, the new running initiative where you can get fit, make friends and volunteer all at the same time.

Councillor Pantelic said: “We are launching Reach Out because we want to reduce the likelihood of someone becoming lonely or isolated in our town and ensure they are able to access support when they need it.

“We are encouraging residents to be alert to this possibility and provide help and support to neighbours, friends and families at the right time.

“I also encourage everyone to support their local charities and community groups to help tackle this important issue.”

Whether you’re feeling lonely yourself or you know someone who might be, visit the official page for tips and advice on how to ‘reach out’, as well as links to local organisations and charities who can provide help and support.

There are also details on spotting the signs of loneliness and social isolation, from a change in a person’s situation to illness and more. This information should hopefully help people to spot signs in themselves or others around them.

Council staff as well as members of the Slough Wellbeing Board will also be making pledges to help tackle this issue, including checking in on a neighbour each week, getting involved with volunteering and outreach and more.

To find out more about the campaign, visit www.slough.gov.uk/reachout and follow @SloughCouncil on Twitter.

​NHS commissioners launch online survey as part of the big conversatio


NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launches an online survey as part of its drive to engage with local people about what matters to them when they require urgent care. The survey will run from 10 July – 6 August.

Urgent care services are for people who have an injury or illness that needs attention the same day, but it is not life-threatening or life changing. These services are currently provided by a number of health professionals, including GPs, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and others.

The CCG has had a busy few weeks talking to over 280 local people at meetings, online via two ‘Cover It Live’ sessions and by visiting local community groups. These early conversations are designed to ensure that patients and local residents are involved from the beginning in influencing how services should be developed.

The survey launches the second phase of the ‘Big conversation’ around urgent care. The survey has been designed to give local people an idea of some of the things we have heard already and test their views.

The survey can be accessed by using the following link:


The insights from these conversations and the survey will inform what services could look like in the future.

Dr Adrian Hayter, Locality Lead for Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead, said: “It’s really important for local people to be part of this journey to help us transform the future of urgent care in East Berkshire. We need local people to share their experiences and tell us what matters to them when they have an urgent care need.

He added: “I would like to reassure the people of East Berkshire that their feedback will be taken into account in developing options for the future. If we need to proceed to a formal consultation stage before making any changes, we will do so later in the autumn.”

More information can be found on the East Berkshire CCG website: https://www.eastberkshireccg.nhs.uk/our-work/transforming-urgent-care-services/

​Slough Voluntary Sector Awards — Nominate now!


Deadline extended to Tuesday 24th July at 9am

Slough CVS, in partnership with Slough Youth Awards is delighted to announce that nominations for the Slough Voluntary Sector Awards 2018 are now open. Now in their seventh year, these Awards are designed to celebrate the successes of those working to achieve a positive change in Slough.

  • Do you know of a volunteer who deserves recognition?
  • Maybe a charity / voluntary group who you think is doing a fantastic job — it's great publicity for them!
  • Or perhaps a local business who has supported the voluntary sector this year?

The Rotary Club of Slough has generously donated£1000 to the winner of Group of the Year and £500 for the runner up, so submit your nominationsNOW!

All those shortlisted will receive a free ticket to a glamorous evening with a three course meal, live entertainment and a chocolate fountain and lots of extra surprises at the Windsor/Heathrow Marriott!

Complete the on-line application or complete and return this Nomination form to lallen@sloughcvs.org.uk

Nominate now!

​Help shape urgent care services


NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is hosting a series of events to understand what is important to local people about urgent care services.

The insights from these events and discussions will inform the CCG about how to shape services for the future.

The CCG has an exciting opportunity to improve the way in which health and care is delivered to residents across Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead, Ascot and Bracknell. Fundamental to this process is feedback from local people. The CCG wants to ensure that urgent care meets the needs of the population of East Berkshire in the future. Urgent care services are for people who have an injury or illness that needs attention the same day, but it is not life-threatening or life changing. These services are currently provided by a number of health professionals, including GPs, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and others.

The CCG recognises that the population needs and issues are different in areas of East Berkshire; so commissioners are keen to hear from as many people and communities as possible at their events which are as follows:-

  • Tuesday 12th June – Arbor Park, Slough – 2pm-4pm
  • Friday 15th June – Bracknell Open Learning Centre, Bracknell – 1pm-3pm
  • Friday 15th June – Norden Farm, Maidenhead – 1pm-3pm
  • Tuesday 19th June – Lynwood Care Centre, Ascot – 2.30pm-4.30pm
  • Friday 29th June – Old Court Fire Station – Windsor – 1pm-3pm


A diverse roster of events set for National Carers Week


Slough Carers Support, in partnership with local organisations, will mark National Carers Week with a series of free events and activities for Slough’s carers next week (11 – 17 June 2018).

Events and activities will include yoga classes, a visit to the Royal Opera House, afternoon tea, a Samba drumming performance, networking and social events, Boccia and indoor curling, art, singing, mindfulness sessions and more.

In addition, to launch the week there will be the Unsung Heroes Celebratory Event at the Masonic Centre on Ragstone Road on Monday, which will recognise the invaluable contributions of carers across the borough.

The event, which will take place between 11am and 3pm, will feature a range of activities including performances from Slough artists, interactive sessions with local organisations and groups, pampering sessions and more. Mayor of Slough, councillor Paul Sohal, will also be attendance at this event.

Carers Week is an opportunity for Slough’s 11,600 carers to take a break, have some fun and meet up with other carers to enjoy a variety of activities.

Carers will also be able to find out about organisations and networks available to support them, as well as sign up to the Slough Carers Card, which offers discounts at a range of local shops, businesses and services.

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care, said: "We are so proud of our carers in Slough, who work every day to make a difference in our local communities.

“Carers Week is our way of saying a big thank you to them and celebrating their work, which is extremely important and valued by all of us."

For full details on all activities and to sign up to the bookable events during the week, visit theSlough Carers Support website or call 01753 303428 or email sloughcarers@gmail.com.