Slough’s Great Winter Get Together

Community groups and organisations will be joining forces for a Great Winter Get Together (GWGT).

The Slough events aim to give residents access to information and support to help them through the cost-of-living challenges. This includes information and support relating to several other services across the town, including fostering and support on how to keep well for longer.

There will be a chance to chat to services, organisations and charities providing support with debt and welfare, benefits, household and energy bills, plus information on health and wellbeing.

The timing and location of the events have been organised to give people who work in the week, work shifts or cannot always get into the town centre, a chance to access these organisations.

The events will be at The Centre in Farnham Road, on Friday 27 January, from 4-8pm and Saturday 28 January, from 9am-12noon. 

Councillor Sabia Akram, cabinet member for leisure, culture and community empowerment, said: “This will be a great opportunity for anyone looking for help and advice, because so many great organisations will be in one place together. The cost-of-living situation is tough for many people but by talking to these organisations, you may find sources of support you didn’t know existed. I hope as many people as possible attend the Great Winter Get Together.”

Organisations attending on Friday 27 January, subject to change, include:

•    Department for Work and Pensions (benefits, careers, skills and training)
•    Everyone Active (fitness, sport and exercise)
•    Slough Borough Council Environmental Services (green bins)
•    SBC Community Development Team (information and advice on Household Support Fund, energy bills savings and other SBC services)
•    Active Slough (fitness, sport and exercise)
•    Turning Point (Recovery and advice)
•    The Slough Hub (Jobs, training and skills)
•    Fostering for Slough
•    HAF Programme (Holiday Activities and Food)
•    Community Learning and Skills Service (CLaSS) (Training, education, learning and skills)
•    Berkshire Healthcare Wellbeing Service (Health and wellbeing, plus support with budgeting, debt advice and more)
•    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service wellbeing team
•    Talking Therapies (Mental health and counselling)
•    Residents’ Association (Community support)
•    Solutions 4 Health (Health check-ups, smoking cessation and more health advice)
•    Warm Spaces Slough
•    The Cowshed (clothes and essentials)
•    SBC Sustainable and Active Travel (bike training and travel options)

Attending on Saturday 28 January, subject to change, will be: 

•    Department for Work and Pensions
•    Everyone Active
•    SBC Community Development Team
•    Active Slough
•    Osborne (Housing support)
•    Artful Hub (Mental health and art support)
•    Community Learning and Skills Service (CLaSS)
•    Berkshire Healthcare Wellbeing Service
•    Xyla Health and Wellbeing (Diabetes support and weight management)
•    Slough Libraries
•    Talking Therapies
•    Solutions 4 Health
•    Warm Spaces Slough
•    Slough 50 Plus Forum (support for adults)

Residents can pop-in at any point that suits them while the events are on. They have been arranged in partnership with the council, DWP and Everyone Active. 

The Great Winter Get Together events happen nationally, inspired by murdered MP Jo Cox.

Published: 17 January 2023