SANAS Volunteers supporting the Caribbean community in Slough

Left: Anita Herbert with Claire Giacobbe, One Slough volunteer
Right: SANAS volunteer shopping for food parcel contents

St Kitts and Nevis Association Slough (SANAS) was formed in 1998 and became a registered charity in 2004. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, SANAS organised many events to promote health and wellbeing, family unity, education and community cohesion.

Anita Herbert, SANAS group leader said, “As a direct result of COVID-19, SANAS had to stop our regular activities, however were very keen to continue to offer support to our clients and those who are at risk of isolation or fall in the vulnerable category in and around Slough.

For people that are engaged in the community, we are all very busy and pulling together as one, for the greater good of Slough. COVID-19 has thrown up many challenges SANAS has certainly had to adapt our ways of working. SANAS’ Covid-19 response activities have been co-led by Adella Parris. We are also grateful to our team of volunteers who are working extremely hard to continue the support.

Since April, SANAS has packed and distributed (whilst observing the guidelines around social distancing) over 400 food parcels to older and vulnerable people in Britwell, Northborough, Manor Park, Farnham Road, Cippenham, Chalvey, Wexham, Goodman Park, Langley and Slough Town Centre areas, giving families and individuals a little extra help during this pandemic. Additional items from One Slough Community Response were added to the parcels too.

Our volunteers are also making welfare calls all to help combat isolation, improve mental health and wellbeing.

COVID-19 will be present in our communities for a little while longer, and we will be continuing to support where we can. Our volunteers are working really hard to keep this happening.”