ESFA Community Training Grants – Funding Opportunity

Funding remains available for the ESFA Community Training Grants programme in the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP. The programme aims to support projects which will move unemployed and economically inactive people closer to the labour market, and can support a very diverse range of activities (both formal and informal training). We have recently updated our application form, simplifying it and making it easier to apply. The payment structure of the grant has also been changed, with organisations receiving a greater proportion as an upfront payment.

We would welcome your support in sharing information about the programme within your networks. A promotion pack that explains the programme and its aims in more detail is attached. Included in this pack is an email template which you can use to share information with organisations you think may be interested, or other networks you think it would be valuable to share with.

The next application deadline is 21 June 2021. If an application is submitted by 14th June 2021, we will be able to provide feedback to strengthen the application before the final deadline.

ESFA Community Training Grants Team

Groundwork London

12-20 Baron Street, N1 9LL

Direct Dial: 020 7239 1286

Switchboard: 020 7278 1514

Mobile: 07716 992131

Mobile: 07716 992158

Wexham Court Parish by-election results 2021

2021 Wexham Court Parish by-election

Elections results

Candidate Description Votes
Hamzah Ishtiaq AHMED Labour Party 505
Mubashir AHMED Independent 578 (E)
Shaida Abbas AKBAR Labour Party 525 (E)
Sajid Mahmood JANJUA Independent 499
Kamaljit KAUR Labour Party 522 (E)
Sarfraz KHAN Labour Party 497
Josiah Njore KIMANI Labour Party 441
Sandra MALIK Labour Party 517
Gurcharan Singh MANKU Independent 494
Lesley MCNICHOL Independent 575 (E)
Sajid NAWAZ Independent 530 (E)
Singh RUPRAH Independent 529 (E)
Jaswinder SINGH Independent 538 (E)
Paul SOHAL Labour Party 477

Turnout: 27.91%
Spoilt: 34
Result: Independent x 5, Labour x 2

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.

SCST Hands Up Poster

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.