Slough residents can now find activities and services all in one place on an online directory.
The Wellbeing for Slough Community Directory will be launched on 8 March at this year’s Social Prescribing Day. The initial idea for the project arose at last year’s event which brings together the voluntary and statutory sectors, to discuss a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for social care and public health, said: “The Community Directory is a fantastic resource already and it will only get better as more groups find out about it and list their details. If you’re searching for a warm space, a community activity, adult learning courses, health and wellbeing information, or volunteering opportunities, the information is all in one place. It’s brilliant and I look forward to the directory growing even more.”
The new Wellbeing for Slough Community Directory was an existing website run by Slough Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS). Using results from a community survey, to ensure the voice of the resident is at the heart of it, the directory has been updated to include an improved map tool, categorising function, language translation and an easier 'submit an activity' form for providers to add their activities.
Less digitally able users can attend the Digital Buddy Scheme, provided through #OneSlough funding by voluntary group, The Slough Hub, to feel more confident in using the Wellbeing for Slough Community Directory.
Dr Priya Kumar NHS Frimley said: “It’s fantastic to create a single platform for our residents in Slough, where they can find information on how to support both their health and social needs. We hope to continue to build on the synergy that has been created between our residents, Slough Borough Council, Slough CVS and local health services. I look forward to working on many more initiatives together.”
The website is a result of partnership working, with all sectors bringing their knowledge and expertise to ensure that residents have control over their own wellbeing.
Ramesh Kukar, CEO, SCVS said, “The cost-of-living crisis has meant that there are so many more people in need. Finding solutions together is the only way that we can make a difference.”