Get tested

It might not be your turn for the vaccine yet and you still need to go out and about for work, see people or even just pop to the shops.
So why not make sure you don’t have covid with a simple rapid test?

There are three rapid testing centres open until the end of March offering free rapid testing to anyone in the community – as long as they don’t have symptoms or should be isolating.

For some key workers – such as child care, delivery, taxi and mini-cab drivers, shop staff, in fact anyone who can’t work from home – it is recommended they get tested twice a week.

It is estimated around one in three people who have covid don’t have any symptoms but could still be contagious, passing on the virus to others they come into contact with. A quick and easy test could give you the peace of mind to do your job without worry. Just make sure you keep doing hands-face-space!
You can get tested at:
*    The Centre, Farnham Road – Tuesday to Saturday, 8am til 8pm (Sat til 6pm)
*    Langley Pavilion, Langley Road – Tuesday to Saturday, 8am til 6pm
*    Arbour Park – Tuesday to Saturday, 8am til 6pm
You can book (see link below) or just pop in during opening hours.
For more information on mass rapid testing or to book an appointment see: https://www.slough.gov.uk/coronavirus/mass-rapid-testing

Get a COVID Test!

If you need to go out of your home for work, to go to the shops or even just to drop the kids at nursery why not get a covid test?
Rapid tests are designed for those without symptoms and there are sites across the town – and it’s free and you can pop in as often as you like!

5,708 rapid tests have already been done in Slough – with 92 people found to be covid positive but with no symptoms.
So don’t be a silent spreader of covid – get a rapid test!

No appointment necessary – just drop in during opening hours to:

 

  • Upton Lea Community Centre – Thursday 4 February to Saturday 6 February, 10am – 6pm

Hands up if you want to be a foster carer!

Could you help change a child’s life? You don’t need to own your own home to be a foster carer, you just need a spare room and a safe environment for a young person or child. We are looking for foster carers to help children in care who are desperate for some stability in their life, a place they can call their home and a family they can turn to. Can you help these children? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Find out more by visiting our website at www.fosterforslough.com or contact us on 01753 690777.

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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.

 

 

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