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Royal Borough works with Berkshire charity to coordinate donations for Afghan refugees

The council is working with a Berkshire charity to coordinate donations to support Afghan refugees due to arrive in the area under a national resettlement scheme.

The council has confirmed to Government that the Royal Borough will accommodate and support two refugee households immediately under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, and is prepared to welcome further households thereafter.   

Those wishing to make cash donations to help refugees are asked to give to the Slough Refugee Support, an established charity which provides practical help to refugees across the Thames Valley.

Donations can be made online, where there is further information about ways to donate, or you can call 01753 537142 for more information. Monetary donations should be referenced “Afghan refugees”.

For those wishing to make in-kind donations to the charity of everyday household essentials, such as clothing and toiletries, the council has set up a dedicated local donations drop-off point.

Read our press release for more information.
Join the Big Conversation: Share your views and suggestions on Active Travel

Residents of the Royal Borough are being asked to share their ideas to help shape walking and cycling improvements in the area.

The council has launched a ‘Big Conversation’ to listen to your views and is welcoming suggestions on Active Travel measures in the borough. This public consultation opened on Monday and runs until Sunday 3 October.

Feedback will help inform a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan to help identify how to make improvements supporting cycling and walking, and where investment is needed in the short, medium and long-terms.

Alongside the consultation, a number of drop-in sessions have been organised to explain more about Active Travel and its themes.

To find out more, read our press release.
Electoral registration annual canvas: Ensure you’re registered to vote
The council’s Electoral Services team is about to start its annual canvass, with emails and paper forms being sent to residents across the Royal Borough between now and November.

The annual canvass is undertaken to determine which residents should be registered to vote at each address. This information is used to update the electoral register for 2022.
From today, we will be sending emails to some residents who are already registered, asking them to go to and check the register details for their household. The emails will come from
From Friday 10 September we will start to send out the paper forms to properties. Full details about what you need to do and how to respond will be included in the information you receive. 
Where possible, we encourage you to confirm your details online using the information sent to you, rather than posting paper forms back to us, as this is the quickest and easiest way to update the details for your household, and it’s more environmentally friendly too. For more information, visit our website, call 01628 683868 or email
Reminder: Help shape our Corporate Plan

There's still time to have your say in the public consultation on our draft Corporate Plan.

The plan sets out the headline areas we need to focus on over the next five years to make sure everyone in the borough has the best chance in life.

Once finalised, this important strategic document for the whole borough will help guide our work with partners and form part of our post-Covid recovery.

You can take part in the consultation, which ends on Sunday 12 September, on the RBWM together website.

Learn more in our press release.
Promoting Children's Services: Next week focuses on supporting our most vulnerable children

Did you try some of the fun family healthy eating and weight management tips we shared on our Facebook and Twitter this week? These included jump around games with characters from Frozen and Toy Story for four- to five-year-olds, and delicious fruit smoothies for five-a-day-hesitant teenagers.

This was week one of our six-week campaign highlighting some of the important services we provide to children and young people in the Royal Borough, as well as offering advice and support on a range of issues affecting children and families. After this week’s focus on healthy eating, the campaign will look next week at support for our most vulnerable children, including babies.  

Information will be posted on our social media channels.
Prizes awarded to winners and runners-up in Garden in Bloom competition

Prizes have been awarded in this year’s Garden in Bloom competition.
There were more than 200 entries into the contest. All entrants received a certificate and the winner and runner-up in each ward also received a rosette. In addition, the winner received a £20 voucher to spend at Braywick Heath Nurseries.
Any garden visible from a footpath or road was eligible for entry and nominations were made by residents, passers-by and by councillors in their own wards. There was just a single category this year and the competition was judged by councillors on a ward-by-ward basis. 

For more information, read our press release.
Get free advices from the Radiant Futures Job Club

Are you looking to find work, return to employment or change your role?

Free advice is available from Radiant Futures Job Club, run by Abri Housing Association. It also offers support to those looking to volunteer, become self-employed and/or start up their own business, or access employment training.

The club will meet every Wednesday from 8 September from 10am until noon at the Pump Room, Sawyer's Close, Windsor. To find out more come along, or call 0800 432 0570.
Do you have an idea you want to turn into a business?

A free, online self-employment course is being offered by Abri Housing Association's Radiant Futures programme.

Webinar sessions will be held from Wednesday 1 September to Friday 3 September and on Wednesday 8 September from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

The course, called 'Create', is open to anyone aged 16 and over who is eligible to work in the UK, lives within the Berkshire area, and is currently unemployed.

To find out more, email or call 0800 432 0570.
Bank Holiday bin collection changes and library closures

Your waste and recycling collection day will change temporarily because of the Bank Holiday on Monday 30 August.

Please put your bins out by 7am and ensure all rubbish and recycling is contained within your bin.

Please see our website for more details.

Our libraries will be closed on Monday 30 August, but will reopen as normal the following day.
Summer holiday fun and the Bugs, Birds and Beasts Day

Discover an amazing natural world and find out how bugs, birds and beasts
enrich our lives at Imperial College London's Silwood Park Campus, near Sunninghill.

Watch bird eggs develop and hatch, marvel at falconry displays and discover facts about the creatures all around us on bug hunts at the free event on Tuesday 31 August between 10am and 2pm.

A barbecue and refreshments will be available. No registration is required.

For more information, visit the event page.
Have your say

We regularly hold consultations to get your views on proposals within the Royal Borough.

Responding to our consultations and giving your feedback is the best way to ensure your views are heard.

Our current consultations are:

More information can be found on the consultations pages of our website. 
M4 closures and other roadworks

The M4 will be closed in both directions between Junctions 6 (Slough) and 8/9 (Maidenhead). The closure will start after midnight Sunday 22 August, when the lifting works are complete at Junctions 13 (Chieveley) and 14 (Hungerford), and the motorway will reopen by 6am on Monday 23 August.

Visit the Highways England website for more details on the M4 smart motorway scheme.

For details of council works on highways, visit our website. For full local roadwork details, including work by utility firms, please visit the One Network website.
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