Links for carers

Carers card

Carers UK is the UK's only national membership charity for carers. It is both a supportive community and a movement for change. For the past 50 years they have been driven by carers, raising their voices together to call for change and seek recognition and support. Carers UK work locally with Crossroads Care Slough to provide care and care-related services for people in Slough and their carers. For details, contact: 01753 525796 or slough@crossroads.org.uk.

The Children’s Society supports young carers and their families through their national young carers initiative supporting children and young people who care for parents, siblings or others who suffer from chronic illness or disability. For details, call: 01962 711511.

Slough Carers Support offers free independent information and advice. They can also support you to maintain your wellbeing and stay connected to your community, through providing details such as carer groups, events, training and befriending. Additionally, they offer a carer’s discount card for those living, working or studying in Slough. For more information, contact: 01753 303428 or sloughcarers@gmail.com.

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust offers carers’ assessments and specialist provisions to carers supporting people with mental health issues. This team is based at the New Horizons Recovery College. They also run a monthly peer support and information carer café, as well as a carer training programme. For details, contact: 01753 690950.

There is also support for those caring for older people with mental health conditions. This team is based at Upton Hospital, and they offer specialist support to carers, including access to a dementia advisor for patients who have recently been diagnosed by the Memory Clinic, as well as signposting carers to partner and specialist groups. For more information, call: 01753 635220.

Aik Saath provides support, information and activities for young carers.

Alzheimers Dementia Support offers practical guidance and a wide range of services to help people in the community whose lives are directly or indirectly affected by dementia.

Alzheimer's Society can help with advice and support for those caring for a person with dementia.

Autism Berkshire provides help and support for anyone living or caring for someone with autism in Berkshire.

Cippenham Carers Group is a group that meets monthly to chat with other carers, share food, enjoy a sing song and do some seated exercise. For details, contact: zhorajefferies@yahoo.com.

Macmillan Cancer Support offers information, practical advice and support for those and their families, affected by cancer, via Wexham Park Hospital drop-in. For more information, contact: fhft.macmillan.information@nhs.net.

Meet and Mingle is a social group for women living in and around Slough. They take part in a range of activities, attend events and more. Come and meet other ladies in a friendly and caring atmosphere! To find out more, contact: meetmingle@ymail.com.

Slough Asian Carers supports carers from an Asian background, in a social environment. For details, call: 01753 530 579.

Special Voices is a group of parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs, who work in partnership with voluntary and statutory organisations. To find out more, contact: info@specialvoices.co.uk.  

Destiny Support provide support and advice for the community, relating to health issues, housing, money, welfare benefits and debt advice and more.

Slough Advice Centre and Shelter provide information and advice for Slough residents, relating to housing, debt, benefits, immigration and more.

Home-Start Slough has been supporting local families going through a difficult time for the past 21 years. They are the biggest local voluntary organisation to recruit and train volunteers to provide support and a listening ear to struggling families with children under five.

Talking Therapies is an NHS service that offers help and support to people in Berkshire suffering with depression or anxiety based problems.

The Slough Befriending Service offers support face-to-face or by phone to anyone living in Slough. The service also helps to link people in to activities in the community. If English is not your first language, Building Futures Together (BFT) runs a free, multilingual telephone befriending service. Support is available in the following languages: English, Punjabi, Urdu, Polish, Arabic, French, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Sinhalese, Patois, Spanish and Portuguese. For information, call 01753 555650 or email bftenquiry@gmail.com

Apna Virsa run various activities, workshops, courses and events for children and adults of all ages around arts, culture, heritage and health. The idea is to explore, share and celebrate South Asian culture and promote awareness and better communication between different communities.

St Kitts and Nevis Association Slough (SANAS) organises events to promote health and wellbeing, family unity, education and community cohesion for communities in and around Slough; and particularly those who are of St Kitts and Nevis heritage.

HOME Slough is for anyone who would like to try something new and creative. They support all types of creative activities, exhibitions, workshops and performances across theatre, film, dance, music, poetry and visual art.

The Curve holds a range of diverse events, shows and activities throughout the year, as well as hosting clubs and groups. If you would like to get involved, find out more on the library’s volunteering page.

Healthwatch Slough is the independent national champion for Slough people who use health and social care services. They make sure those running services, and the government, put people at the heart of care. If you are passionate about making a positive change, find out about volunteer opportunities by emailing enquiries@healthwatchslough.co.uk or calling 01753 325333.

If you’re keen on helping the environment while learning new skills, why not join the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust on their Saving the Salt Hill Stream project? For more information and to get involved, email claire.hutchinson@wwt.org.uk

Slough Get Involved can help you find volunteering opportunities in your local area. Or try out Good Gym, where you can get fit, make friends and volunteer all at the same time.

Age UK Berkshire provide health and wellbeing services for older people across Berkshire. They offer free information and advice, home support services to help with shopping, cleaning and gardening, a befriending service, activities and events, plus support in connecting to social groups, ways for keeping fit and learning new skills.

Slough Senior Citizens Group offer support, activities and events to help the borough's older residents stay fit and healthy.

Royal Voluntary Service volunteers provide practical support for older people in need, so they can live more independent lives. This includes a befriending service, help with practical tasks like shopping and driving clients to appointments and delivering books from local libraries; plus support in connecting to local activities and events, social groups, ways for keeping fit and learning new skills.

Slough 50plus Forum provides information and campaigns on issues related to older people's lives. They meet on the third Thursday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm at Kingsway United Reformed Church, Church Street, Slough, SL1
1SZ. The venue is accessible for all abilities. Membership to the group is free and open to Slough residents over age 50 years. Contact the chairperson Marcia Wright on 01753 536906 or marciaw1937@gmail.com

Men’s Matters is a Langley based group that brings together older men to form friendships and for social activities that contribute to their health and wellbeing. They also hold weekly drop in sessions. For details, email contact@mensmatters.org.uk

Britwell based Recycled Teenagers is a community group where older people can meet and make friends. They run weekly coffee mornings and a lunch club, organise social activities, trips away to the seaside and more.

Samaritans offer a safe place for people to talk any time about whatever might be troubling them.

Turning Point gives support to help people reduce or stop drug use causing problems, including mental health issues.

P3 Slough help vulnerable people with housing related issues, particularly those at risk of homelessness.

Art Beyond Belief design art programmes to help engage and enable people to take a new perspective on personal issues such as mental health, domestic violence and support for those with dementia.

Crime Reduction Initiative provides a service for adults with drug and alcohol problems living in Slough.

TuSan is an East African health group running a number of projects around mental health and drug abuse, including monthly coffee and chat meetings. For more information, email hanna25_uk@yahoo.co.uk.

Find out more about volunteering opportunities and local groups at Slough Council for Voluntary Services (SCVS) and Slough Get Involved.