Slough CVS was delighted to accept 16 tablets donated by Slough Freemasons on Friday 3 July, to help Carers to stay connected during lockdown and beyond . The Mayor, Cllr Preston Brooker, attended the presentation, along with Gary Mason and Gary Brodie from Slough Freemasons.
Slough Carers Support has been providing telephone support throughout the lockdown to Carers. They quickly realised that many were feeling even more isolated than before. They had previously attended social events, run by Slough Carers group, giving them the opportunity to meet up with others and share experiences and have fun. The new lockdown measures meant that those who did not have devices to get online could not access activities, leaving them even more isolated.
Gary Mason, Past Assistant Grand Standard Bearer, Slough Freemasons said, “We were delighted to be able to provide the tablets for Carers. We know that this pandemic has created even more Carers and being able to access the internet for social purposes has become a necessity.”
Slough Carers groups are starting to adapt and offer virtual activities through Facebook and other platforms and have been very creative in what they offer, with quizzes, demonstrations and cook-a-longs, all providing respite from caring responsibilities.
Ramesh Kukar, CEO Slough CVS said, “As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, it is so important for Carers to have the ability to join in group activities online, to reduce social isolation and feel a part of the community. They are doing such a vital job, yet many Carers do not have the means or ability to access the services available to them, so this is a welcome and generous gift, that Slough Carers Support will use to the benefit of those individuals.”
Jamie Green, Chairman, Slough CVS said, “Through the One Slough forum, we were able to identify a need within the town and find a solution. There are many more Charities and groups in Slough, who have members who are struggling to get online and access their services. As we learn to live with the new normal, we have to ensure no-one is left behind.”
Zhora Jefferies, Cippenham Carers Group lead, has a member who has benefited from the tablets for carers. Mr and Mrs A have been borrowing a neighbour’s spare tablet to attend a few Carer Week activities online. The couple are both on the shielding list, and care for each other. The tablets will enable them to attend future Slough Carers Support Coffee & Chat Zoom sessions with Kinder and also attend carer meetings with Cippenham Carers Group.