SCTS delivering essentials to Slough residents with volunteer support

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. 

Clockwise from top left: Claire, Gurmail, Adil and Steph

Slough Community Transport and Shopmobility has changed its service during the lockdown. Where once, they would transport people who could not use public transport to medical appointments, schools and day centres, they are now offering a food shopping and medicine collection service for Slough residents. Figures from 5th May show that SCTS had completed and delivered an incredible 720 food shopping requests and 1,805 medication supply requests.

Volunteers have been placed through One Slough Community Response and are doing a fantastic job getting involved in the community and supporting people. Here’s what some of them have to say:

“I have lived in Cippenham for 15 years and I wanted to give something back to the Slough Community during this time. I volunteered as a shopper with Slough Community Transport as I felt that this was something that I could do; shopping for those who are unable to do so due to the Coronavirus. I have been doing between 1–4 shopping trips a day at the big supermarkets and also smaller local shops. I have really enjoyed doing this. Everyone who I have helped has been very grateful. I was also able to source some hand sanitiser for Slough Community Transport from Windsor & Eton Brewery that they have made too.”

“After signing up with Slough CVS as a volunteer I’ve been helping the team at Slough Community Transport for the past 3-4 weeks. I am one of five regular volunteers, helping mainly with organising and collecting shopping and prescriptions for vulnerable/isolated adults across the town. The professionalism, friendliness and kindness of the staff in supermarkets has really stood out for me, they’re doing a difficult job in these uncertain times but keeping smiles on their faces. I just feel privileged to be able to help out in anyway, the team at Slough Community Transport do an amazing job all year round and their work has never been more important than now.”

“I began volunteering as a shopper for Shopmobility as part of Slough Community Transport. This involves shopping for essential groceries and items needed by the vulnerable members of our local community as they try to protect themselves and us by self-isolating. I became involved as a self-employed person left with a lot of free time and wanting to do my little bit to help those in need.”

George Howard, Chief Executive, SCTS said, “A really big thank you to all our volunteers who have been amazing and we couldn’t have done it without them.”