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Local Investment

Kickstart jobs fair

The Slough Central team hosted a Kickstart jobs fair event at the Queensmere Shopping Centre in September 2021, which brough together over 34 employers and young people from Slough, Maidenhead and Windsor. Notable attendees included local MP Tan Dhesi.

Kickstart is a government initiative that provides funding to create new job placements for 16 - 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

The event was a success, resulting in 53 job offers from both local and national employers to young people in Slough. The team are keen to host further such events at the Queensmere Shopping Centre and invite local businesses to sign up to the Kickstart scheme, so that they can participate.

Covid-19 response

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Slough Central team focused on ways in which the Queensmere & Observatory shopping centres could be used to support the community during an extremely challenging period.

As part of ongoing community support, the team made space within the centres available, rent free, to local support groups and charities, to assist with their ongoing work in responding to the pandemic and supporting local people. This support ranged from the creation of a community wall capable of advertising local services for free to the provision of space to local charities, including charity donation walls dedicated to Slough Council for Voluntary Service (CVS).

We have also been working with existing occupiers to assist and support them during this challenging economic period, to ensure as many can remain in operation as possible. This has included assistance in obtaining central grant funding, free advertising, and the provision of free car parking in lockdown.

Key stores at the centres providing medication, food and health products remained open during the national lockdowns and the Slough Central team have been working with local groups to identify additional ways to support community organisations on the frontline.

Both the centres and shops have clear entrance and exit strategies to accommodate social distancing, with clear markings and signage across the centre.

Community Investment

The Slough Central team continue to support several local community groups and social enterprises by providing space for them on the site, including:

Youth Engagement Slough – a local group supporting youth engagement

Home Slough – a local group increasing opportunities and awareness of all the arts in Slough

The London and Slough Run – a local homelessness charity; repackaging and distributing food and goods.

Asian Star Radio – local community radio

Global Educational Trust Bookshop – Supporting local education welfare

Table Tennis England, – encouraging engagement in the sport

Slough Business Improvement District – promoting and supporting improvement in the security, environment and vibrancy of Slough Town Centre

Kayani Camp Boxing Club – a local Slough community interest company promoting exercise and wellbeing to the community

Divine Rescue – a volunteer-led humanitarian charity helping the homeless; ex-offenders; vulnerable people and people in crisis within the community

Slough CVS – a local charity seeking to improve the quality of life for Slough residents

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