Slough Community News - June 2019

Slough Community News is the monthly
e-newsletter containing volunteering news, events and training.

Featured Charity

Thames Hospice is the local charity for people living in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire. They provide expert care to adults who have a life-limiting illness - and their families and carers. 

They care for the physical, social and psychological needs of their patients, not just the condition. Their highly skilled medical team work with the patient and their families to develop a complete programme of care tailored to their individual needs. 

Their services include nursing and medical care at the Hospice and Community Therapy Unit in Windsor and in the patients' homes, as well as practical and emotional support. It costs over £8 million every year to keep their vital services going. 

The charity relies on 70% of their costs from charitable donations, which enables them to provide their services free of charge, 365 days a year, to the people that need them.

Thames Hospice volunteers help in a variety of roles from being a receptionist at the Hospice itself, to helping in the retail stores, to helping fundraise at one of the Thames Hospice events.

Seeking a Retail Assistant in Langley:
Retail Assistant Langley

In the Shops:
Customer Service Assistant (Maidenhead)
Stock Room Assistant (Maidenhead)

In the Community:
Collection Box Volunteer
Corporate Ambassador
Corporate Workplace Champion
Thames Hospice Champion

Opportunity at the Hospice in Pine Lodge, Windsor: Driver
Please note that they are only able to offer roles within Pine Lodge to those aged 18 or over.

Contact Name: Beth or Katherine
Contact Telephone: 01753 848 940

News & Events

Slough Happiness Collective - Proposed Happiness Workshop

The happiness workshop will be a playful learning experience based on ‘the science of happiness’, ‘positive psychology’ and ‘mindful self-compassion’ principles.
It will introduce people to simple practices they can use in their daily lives to help them be happier and improving their well-being. 

Attendees will be invited to participate in pro-social ‘challenges’ supported by social media and perhaps local press & radio.

Please complete this survey to help Slough Happiness Collective move in the right direction

For more information
Upcoming events and challenges

Stronger Neighbourhoods 

This Slough Borough Council initiative is to better understand the needs of residents and take action with them to improve three key areas of Slough; Trelawney Avenue (Langley), Chalvey and Foxborough.
If you are a resident in one of these areas please take part and complete the survey online via the links below. 

Trelawney survey -
Chalvey survey -
Foxborough survey -

As a thank you from Slough Borough Council for making your views known, every survey received back will be put into a prize draw to win family skating tickets to the Slough Ice Arena.

Vacancy at Slough CVS: Carers Development Worker

Salary: £24,214 - £30,112 (pro-rata)
Working Hours: 28 hours per week (part-time)
Closing date: Monday 1st July, 5pm
Interview: w/c 8th July

Slough CVS is recruiting a Carers Development Worker to work alongside the Wellbeing Prescribing Manager, to be responsible for delivering key aspects of the Slough Carers Support Service. The role will continue to develop existing services to improve resilience and help carers across Slough sustain their caring role.

Slough CVS is a small charity supporting the voluntary and community sector in Slough. We are passionate about helping the voluntary sector to work more effectively in the local community and in taking a holistic approach to supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of residents across all of our projects. We are looking for an enthusiastic and confident individual to join our friendly team as a Carers Development Worker.

Please complete an application form and return to by 5pm, Monday 1st July 2019.

Job Description
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


SWAMI is a new initiative launched in 2017 across East Berkshire in the three towns of Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead.  

The three towns comprise some of the most diverse communities outside London in terms of ethnicity, wealth, faith and culture.  SWAMI aims to bring our diverse communities together across the three towns to strengthen friendships and promote closer co-operation.

Find out about this year’s community events

Technology Taster Day for 16-25s with the Prince’s Trust

Are you 16-25? Not in education, employment or training?
Want to learn how more about robotics and technology?
The Prince’s Trust and PLT are offering a one week course where you can learn about key areas of technology at no cost at all.

Taster Day: Friday 28th June 2019 & 5th June 2019
Course Dates: Wednesday 10th July - Friday 12th July 2019
Location: Reading

Find out more

Volunteers Week Round Up

Volunteers Week 1st – 7th June 2019 was a great success for WAM Get Involved!

We are all very grateful for the support of the local community and now look forward to connecting many more residents with their communities in the near future.

We'd also just like to say a HUGE thank you to all our amazing Volunteers out there who make such a difference to the communities of the Royal Borough.

Training Courses

Volunteer Passport Scheme 

The Volunteer Passport Scheme is a Slough initiative, which offers a series of four short training modules exploring the key areas all volunteers need to successfully volunteer with clients.

Confidentiality and Boundaries 1st July
Adult Safeguarding 8th July
Equality & Diversity 15th July

Free Dementia Awareness Training

Are you interested in FREE Dementia Awareness Training?
Would you know how to communicate with someone who seems distressed or confused? Do you know where to go for help or advice about the illness?

Dementia awareness training is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their knowledge and understanding of dementia.

You will learn:
• The signs and symptoms of dementia.
• How dementia affects behaviour, the senses and communication.
• How to build positive relationships with people affected by dementia.

4th July
9:30am to 1pm
Main Hall, 29 Church Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1PL

Book here

Level 2 Certificate in Falls Prevention Awareness

Every year in the UK, more than one in three adults aged over 65 falls and seriously injures themselves. Falls have been the most common and serious type of accident experienced by people over 65 for many years, as well as the leading cause of death from injury for people aged over 75.

The Skills Network’s Level 2 Certificate in Falls Prevention Awareness will raise you and your staff's awareness of the impact and consequences of a fall, the risk and hazards that could result in a fall and how to prevent or reduce the risk of a fall.

Apply as an individual here
Enrol staff members here

Volunteering Opportunities

Britwell Library Cafe Assistant Volunteer
Amana’s Journey would like to give the opportunity for an individual to gain experience at AJ café located in Britwell Library.
The volunteer will gain experience in customer service, serving customers face to face, communication skills, boosting confidence, learning the basics about food hygiene and health & safety in the work place, preparing sandwiches, cash handling and much, much more.
Contact name: Siham Bouabbache
Contact e-mail:
Contact telephone number: 07447 020743

Stroke Association: Volunteer for Support Group

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer with excellent organisational and communication skills to help run a stroke support group. 

The Stroke Association helps people by providing long term social and peer support, organising events and opportunities to meet together. This reduces isolation at a key time and also helps members rebuild their confidence. 

We meet once a month for a cuppa and a chat, we have visiting speakers and a variety of activities.

Contact name: Michal Shalev
Contact e-mail:
Contact telephone number: 07506 120 858

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship: Befriender

Our volunteers visit lonely or isolated older people in the community, providing them with social support, having a chat and possibly a cuppa. Volunteer befrienders (18+) really can make a difference in the lives of people who aren't able to see anyone for weeks or even months at a time.
Contact name: Nathan McLellan
Contact e-mail:
Contact telephone number: 020 8691 7411

Nacro/Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT: Lived Experience & Peer Support Volunteers
Nacro (National Association for Care & Resettlement of Offenders) & BHFT are seeking volunteers (18+) to support the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service.
As someone who has been through recovery and the Criminal Justice System (CJS), you have first-hand experience of the challenges faced by those caught up in CJS. Drawing on your own experience you will be an integral part of the Liaison & Diversion team to help to inspire, motivate, guide and support people to engage with services, work on their recovery and evidence visible recovery, showing that change is possible.
You will be able to contribute to the reduction of reoffending rates throughout Berkshire by offering service users practical assistance, all while gaining experience and skill.
Contact name: Bala Mohaman Sani
Contact e-mail:
Contact telephone number: 07920 571579

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