On Monday 11th June, Slough Carers Support launched Carers Week at the Masonic Centre in Slough, with an Unsung Heroes Celebration. The event was designed to thank the carers of Slough and was attended by over 100 carers and volunteers.
The celebration opened with a reading of the Carers Prayer, written by Heather Smith of Carers UK and eloquently read by Marcia Wright, from the Slough50plus forum. Councilor Natasa Pantelic, delivered a video message to thank carers, volunteers and residents for all that they do to help the local community in Slough. Councilor Pantelic said: “I’d like you to know that we’re all really proud of the work that you’re doing and hope that you’ll continue doing the fantastic work. If there is anything else that we can do as a Council to support you in what you do, please do get in touch.”
The audience was then treated to a carer themed photography workshop by Jordan from The Arts Excite, poetry from Anna from Creative Junction, music from Irish Frank and an interactive Bhangra workshop from Apna Virsa. Speakers on the day included: Jim O’Donnell from NHS Berkshire CCG, Mayor of Slough, Cllr Paul Sohal and Alan Sinclair, Director of Adults and Communities at Slough Borough Council.
Slough Carers Support would like to thank Sainsbury’s for catering a delicious lunch, Debenhams for delivering some much needed pampering sessions and E Sargeant & Son for the wonderful goody bags.
Ramesh Kukar, CEO of Slough CVS launched the Wellbeing Board’s #Reach Out campaign which is designed to tackle loneliness and social isolation in Slough. Ramesh said: “Being isolated is not the same as being lonely — if you’re not talking to your neighbour, if you’re not talking to the people around you, that can make you feel isolated.” Please do follow Slough CVS on Twitter @sloughcvs and share the #ReachOut message.