Sign off celebration for community plan

A mini ceremony was held to officially sign off the Baylis & Stoke Stronger Healthier Attractive Neighbourhood (SHAN) plan.

When SHAN was launched by Slough Borough Council in the Baylis & Stoke ward, the Ujala Foundation stepped forward to say they would like to be involved and would like to lead with other partners.

Working with the council’s community development officer, Aqeel Akram, the Ujala Foundation supported the survey roll out, collection, and promotion.

The Ujala Foundation has been serving the community of Slough, especially the Manor Park community, for several years through various initiatives, programs and projects. 

They hosted a celebration on 29 June to adopt the plan formally. In future, the Ujala Foundation would like to bring together key stakeholders, partners, residents and organisations/groups to form a steering group that will lead on delivering on the actions highlighted in the plan.

Baylis & Stoke ward councillors, Cllr Fiza Matloob and Cllr Mohammed Nazir, attended the ceremony, along with representatives from key partners, stakeholders and organisations. 

Councillor Mohammed Nazir, lead member for transport and the local environment, said: “It is brilliant to see the launch of another SHAN plan. We have already implemented these in Colnbrook and Britwell and the communities there are doing a great job. 

“I look forward to seeing the action plan come into place. Ujala are a very resourceful and committed group and they will work with the local residents to make SHAN a great success.”

Councillor Fiza Matloob, said: “This is a great initiative and to a see a local community group, who do some amazing work in the community, have a great reputation and are well established, step forward and adopt the plan, and take the lead is very satisfying. 

“I personally know the work Ujala do and I am sure they will do an amazing job at delivering on the SHAN plan. This is also a great opportunity for community groups/organisations to come together to do collaboration work, and for residents and communities to come together for the betterment of society.

“We encourage everyone in the Baylis and Stoke ward to get involved, volunteer, contact Ujala and support this great plan. We will be here to support both our residents and community groups.” 
Residents who were present at the ceremony had the opportunity to put forward their concerns and questions about the plan. 

If you’d like to see the plan or would like further information, please contact the Ujala Foundation Vice Chair Arshad Mehmood on 

Published: 5 July 2022