Agenda item

Membership Updates

To receive updates from Forum Members.


Paul Samuels said the SWAMI community street showcases had taken place in July in Slough and Windsor and had been extremely successful. Around 25 different community groups had taken part, and the showcases had allowed different groups to introduce themselves to each other. It was hoped that an event could take place in Maidenhead next year.


Jeffrey Pick advised that the week after the meeting was Knife Crime Awareness Week and asked for help from Councillors and members of the public in publicising it.


John Diack said the Neighbourhood Watch was thriving and a new scheme was starting every two weeks. A recent talk in White Waltham regarding preventing leaving a digital footprint online had been successful and another was planned for Hurley in the coming weeks. John Diack emphasised the point made earlier in the meeting about the need for a directory to be included in the One Borough agenda.


Eileen Denny said the next VCS networking forum would take place from 12-2pm on October 23rd at Maidenhead Synagogue, where a new fundraising initiative for local charities would be launched. Eileen Denny told the group that NHS accredited training courses entitled Making Every Contact Count would be taking place on November 4 and 12, and a safeguarding training course would be running on 21st January 2020 at the request of several community groups. The group was also informed that the mental health and NHS commissioning teams were setting up a voluntary sector mental health discussion workshop, which would be taking place from 10am-12pm on October 24 at Sportsable.


Nicola Davidson informed the group that the dilapidated St John the Baptist church hall in Eton Wick was in the process of being renovated. However input from the public was being sought on what use the redeveloped space should have and a consultation was being carried out amongst local residents and community groups that would potentially use it.


Anna Fallgren told the group that advice on fall prevention was currently being focused on at Windsor, Maidenhead, Ascot and Dedworth libraries.


Vanessa Faulkner advised that Human Resources were organising a Wellbeing day for RBWM employees from 10am-4pm on November 5 at the Town Hall. The session would cover a range of activities such as health, fitness, finances and mental wellbeing. Group were asked to contact Vanessa Faulkner or Sharon Haines if they had access to any services or health awareness programmes, such as the Dementia Awareness discussed earlier in the meeting, that could be of benefit to staff. Providers could either set up a stand or make available information/leaflets to be placed on noticeboards around the venue.


Nisha Parmar reminded members that the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service were available for home visits to fit smoke alarms, including for people with hearing impairments.


Sheila Holmes said that a daily living exhibition, advising on equipment and technology to help assist people in their homes, would be taking place in the Desborough Suite from 10.30am-4.30pm on October 2.


Angela Ferrucci informed the group that a talk entitled Resilience regarding adverse childhood experiences and how they impact on people in later life would be taking place in the Desborough Suite from 10am on October 14. This would be followed by a talk by a trauma specialist.


Cllr Da Costa said a model making for mindfulness course was taking place at All Saints Church in Dedworth.


The Chairman told the group that the Windsor and Maidenhead Community Forum would be holding a diversity day on November 10, which included a dinner at the Town Hall from 6-10pm.