Mass Rapid Covid Testing Comes To Slough

Static testing centres will open up in the following locations:

  • Langley College (starting next week)
  • The Centre, Farnham Road (starting this week)

The above-mentioned testing centres are  for people WITHOUT symptoms and results come back in about 30-45mins.

More details are to be provided on dates and locations for mobile testing centres which are likely to pop up for three day at various places over the next six weeks in Slough.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(All Tiers)(England) Regulations 2020 (as amended).

Dear Sir or Madam,

Covid 19 cases are rising rapidly in the whole of the UK and as you will be aware we have entered a new National Lockdown.

The key message to control the spread of Coronavirus is to ‘Stay at Home’.  Employers should make arrangements for employees to work at home wherever possible.

There are new restrictions for businesses. Unless you are an essential retailer such as a; food shop, supermarket, pharmacy, building merchant, petrol station, vehicle repair/MOT garage, taxi business, bank, medical and dental service, or veterinary surgery you must close.

Businesses and venues which must close includes the following:

•Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, car washes (except for automatic ones), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, and mobile phone shops. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.

•Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non- alcoholic drink for takeaway (between 5am and 11pm).  Between 11pm and 5am food and drink can be provided via pre ordered click-and-collect (the person collecting the items must not enter the premises), drive-through or delivery.   Alcohol may only be provided via delivery services and the business must have the appropriate licence.

•Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.

•Leisure and sports facilities such as indoor and outdoor leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, fitness and dance studios, sports courts/grounds.

•Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas.

•Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes.

Full guidance on the new restrictions is available via the following link: lockdown-stay-at-home-guidance

The Government has announced additional support measures for businesses, more information on the support and how to apply for it can be found on our Slough Borough Council website here .

Local Authorities now have enhanced powers to issue Restriction Notices and Fixed Penalty Notices (on the spot fines) for various breaches of the legislation and so please be aware that both Council Officers and Covid Marshalls are making regular spot checks of businesses to check compliance.

TIER 4 – What does this mean?

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(All Tiers and Obligations of Undertakings)(England)(Amendment) Regulations 2020

Covid 19 cases are rising rapidly in the whole of the UK and as you will be aware Slough has from yesterday, been placed under new Tier 4 restrictions. I writing to advise what this means to you.

Government has ordered certain businesses to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. Unless you are an essential retailer, such as the following businesses; food retailer, newsagent, petrol station, vehicle repairs/MOT garage, taxi business, bank, health service such as dental, or veterinary, you must close.

Businesses and venues which must close includes the following:

•Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, car washes (expect for automatic ones), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, and mobile phone shops. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.

•Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 11pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery.

•Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.

•Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, fitness and dance studios.

•Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas.

•Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes.

Full guidance on the new restrictions is available via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

Local Authorities now have enhanced powers to issue Restriction Notices and Fixed Penalty Notices (on the spot fines) for various breaches of the legislation and so please be aware that both Council Officers and Covid Marshalls are making regular spot checks of businesses to check compliance.

Slough Spatial Strategy Consultation

Slough Borough Council is consulting people about the proposed Spatial Strategy which is part of the Local Plan for Slough and would like your views about where developments should go in the Borough by 2036.

The consultation runs from 9th November to 11th January 2021. All responses must be received before the close of consultation at 5 pm.

The Spatial Strategy is the first part of the Local Plan, it sets out how the council propose to make this happen by 2036.
The strategy sets out how much developments there should be and “what could go where” in the most sustainable way.

The strategy sets out:

  • Future of the town centre
  • Providing the housing our residents need
  • Creating job opportunities
  • Protecting the environment including open spaces

The council wants your views on the proposals. Your views will be taken into account and used to change the proposals.

The following document is published for consultation:

For more information please see click here.

Employability Courses

Links2Work are currently delivering employability provision within Slough and Reading to support unemployed people. Recently, we have been working very closely with Slough Job Centre in delivering sector based employability courses which provide training, qualifications, employer sessions and where possible guaranteed interview schemes with employers which has been working very well.

We are pleased to share we are running our next Customer Service Course from Monday 7 December and would be happy for you to refer any candidates you may have, this Course is open to people who are unemployed aged 16 and over and for more information about this Course and the key criteria please see the Course flyer attached. Please note due to Covid-19 restrictions we are delivering this Course remotely via online sessions.

To refer to this Course, please complete or ask candidates to complete the attached Registration form  and send to courses@links2work.co.uk by 5pm Thursday 3 December so we can enrol them.

 

 

The #OneSlough Community Champion Scheme

Tier 3 After Lockdown

New coronavirus restrictions – The national lockdown finishes on December 2nd. Following the end of lockdown, Slough will enter into coronavirus Tier 3 on Wednesday 2nd December.

For the full restrictions on Tier 3 please head to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know

Please share this news with your contacts, networks, friends and families and encourage them to keep following the key messages of Hands, Face and Space.

We NEED MORE CHAMPIONS!!!!

Are you able to spread the word to get more Champions signed up in the Slough area, we need to be able to communicate with more people to be able to really spread our messages. if every champion could persuade 3 more people to sign up it would really help.

Ask them to sign up on the champions website https://oneslough.org.uk/champions/

Action –  Please help us to get more champions signed up so we can get our messages our effectively to as many people as possible.

Slough Cases are rising!

We need your help to encourage people to understand that cases are rising in and around Slough. We are currently experiencing much higher rates of transmission than our geographic neighbours so we really do need to tell everyone to follow the lockdown guidance so we can get things under control.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. That is why we must…

  1. Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Close certain businesses and venues.

you can read the full lockdown guidance on the government website at the following link..

new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

In addition, the Berkshire Public Health dashboard helps to show exactly how we compare with our local neighbours, please share this with your network.

https://www.berkshirepublichealth.co.uk/covid-19-dashboard?view=deaths&location=Slough

FREE English classes and conversation clubs for residents in Slough who are new to ESOL

ENGLISH COURSES
The courses are for residents who:
– have little or no English skills
– are not working
– are over 19 years of age
– are not eligible on our Community Learning courses or need more informal learning. New migrants and asylum seekers can apply.

COURSES STARTING OCTOBER 2020 – APPLY NOW

The courses run in the morning or afternoon.
Lessons run for two hours and for 10 weeks.

 

LEARN IN A CLASSROOM OR ONLINE
Courses will be offered both face-to-face and online. Face-to-face
courses will follow strict social distancing rules. Free crèche.

ESOL COURSES

LET’S TALK ENGLISH: Pre-entry and Entry level 1. If you are either new to English or looking to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening. Progress to Entry levels 1 and 2.

LET’S TALK ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUB: Practise and improve your spoken English in a fun group. Pre-entry and Entry level 1.
Newly Arrived Migrants – Access to Employment – ESOL (Entry Levels 1 & 2, Entry levels 2 & 3)

Free course for newly arrived migrants and for those lived in the UK for less than three years, who are unemployed and looking for work. Practise reading, writing, speaking and listening in English

 

How to apply
To apply and for information about courses call 07808 884459 and speak to a Customer Service Advisor

Urban Forest for The Cherries and Wexham Road

After requesting Slough Borough Council to plant more trees, they are now in the process of creating an urban forest within Wexham Court Parish. In the coming months we will see over 9,000 trees planted across the whole of the borough and the main objects of the project will be to improve air quality and carbon capture, provide education and training opportunities, and increase biodiversity in your area.

 

The project started last year and you may have noticed new plantations in Harvey Park, Farnham Lane, Faraday Recreation Ground, Scafell Park, and Godolphin Rec.  This year will see a further 26 sites completed and further  planting as a part of the Urban Forest in your area.

 

The Urban Forest is so much more than just trees, and will provide excellent educational opportunities for Slough’s children and young people, through our Digital Forest initiative.  There will be environmental sensors among the trees to measure the health of the forest, and this information will be part of an open source online database which can be used by schools as live data for environmental lessons.  This data will also become a resource for some leading digital artists and local young artists in Slough.

 

According to the results from the 2018 Place Survey, Slough residents identified ‘Parks and Open Spaces’ as the 7th most important factor in making somewhere a good place to live with 24% or respondents including it as their most important factor. And ‘Access to Nature’ was identified as the 10th most important. When asked how the council could improve areas, residents asked for more planting of trees and areas to be greener.

Health and wellbeing workshops

One Slough have set up 2 virtual workshops to support people that live or work in Slough.

Title – “Looking after your mental health and emotional wellbeing”

12-12.45pm Thursday 12th November 2020

Description – A short virtual workshop on the best ways that you can look after your mental health during lockdown and the coming winter. With practical hints and tips, and signposting to further support.

Book – bit.ly/3mRTCKb

Title – “Looking after your immune system for the winter”

12-12.45pm Tuesday 17th November 2020

Description – A short virtual workshop on the best ways to look after your immune system in the light of coronavirus and the coming winter. Providing key information and access to local support services.

Book – bit.ly/2Jnuexd