Senior citizens to hit over 300 hours of volunteering at Slough’s jab centres

Two senior volunteers who have clocked up almost 270 hours of service at Slough’s vaccination centres are calling on others “to give it a go” this New Year.  Angela Kirk, 66, and Ray Mills, 65, are “#OneSlough High-Viz Heroes” who provide stewarding duties at Langley Health Centre and Salt Hill Activity Centre, respectively. They both started in 2021, and rank among the COVID-19 vaccination centres’ most regular volunteers.  Angela, who is from Langley and fully retired, said: “I’d say give it a go. You can choose your shifts and how often you do them. It’s not physically demanding and it’s good fun, too.” Angela, a rotarian who accumulated 133 hours of volunteering in 2021, added: “There’s a good camaraderie around the place. I took early retirement a few years ago and am still physically capable of giving something back.” Meanwhile, Ray, 65, from Wokingham, accumulated 135 volunteer hours at Salt Hill Activity Centre last year. Like Angela, he’s still going strong in 2022. The semi-retired food safety auditor said: “Lockdown was doing my head in, but volunteering got me out of the house and I was able to meet people again. Of course, there’s more freedom now, yet I’ve still made some really good friends here, and they come from all walks of life. I also enjoy giving people reassurance when they’re waiting for their jabs.”  Senior citizens or those who are already retired or semi-retired, are often best placed to lend their time on a regular basis.   You can sign up now at: https://oneslough.org.uk/volunteer/If you wish to volunteer as a group, please email nhsvolunteering@oneslough.org.uk.uk