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Get involved and volunteer with The Big Help Out

Community volunteering is King Charles III’s legacy wish for his Coronation happening in May.

And there are many ways you can get involved with your community through the Big Help Out which celebrates the Coronation and His Majesty’s reign.

On the official national The Big Help Out portal organisations with opportunities in the Royal Borough have already registered to recruit you as a volunteer. They include Thames Hospice, Age UK, St John Ambulance, and the Ramblers Association.

Another way of finding out what volunteering opportunities are out there is on our own free volunteering matching service.

Organisations in the Royal Borough can post their vacancies which can be on a short, or long-term basis. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer but not sure about what you want to do, you can also go through a short application process before deciding where your skills could be useful.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, give back to your community and make a real difference to the people around you.

You might want to join our dedicated group of around 150 wonderful volunteers supporting our library services and 20 assisting at the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum, based at the Windsor Guildhall.

We also have an amazing group of volunteer ambassadors recognisable from their red coats, who have helped out at high-profile events like the 2012 London Olympics, royal weddings, and state occasions in Windsor. They are joined by 25 Ceremonial Wardens who assist with keeping the public safe and informed at special royal occasions.

Our Community Information Champions (see more below) are also volunteers who myth-bust and disseminate crucial information among their own communities.

We also partner with volunteer organisations in the Royal Borough like Good Gym whose members are encouraged to walk, run or cycle to a location to do good works such as helping a community organisation with painting or gardening, or conducting social visits to an isolated individual.

There are also ad hoc volunteering opportunities for families at our nature reserves, who also work with Good Gym. Check the Facebook page of Braywick Nature Centre to find out more.

If you are holding a street party, it might the perfect opportunity to knock on a neighbour’s door and invite them to spend time with their immediate community to celebrate the Coronation.

Could you be a Community Information Champion?

Making sure information and financial help gets to the people who need it the most, may be a way you can volunteer in honour of His Majesty King Charles III’s Coronation.

Each Community Information Champion can choose their level of involvement and plays a vital role ensuring our residents has access to good quality information. And we need more!

By sharing our information about additional support funds available to residents, education, skills and job opportunities, events, road closures, and public health messages, you could be passing on vital information helping someone else in their everyday life.

Networks can be any size

There are currently 180 Community Information Champions. Some are community groups which share our messages with their own networks, parents sharing the information with their friends, or a neighbour sharing it with the rest of their street.

Jesal Dhokia, transformation and community service lead, said: "This is why Community Information Champions are so great as we share the information with them, and they can share it if they think it will be of relevance to their circle.


"We get into every nook and cranny of the community and get to those who could need the information the most.

"Residents can be as involved or not as their time and energy allow. It is flexible.”

In recent years Community Information Champions have relayed information about government support funds, additional help over school holidays, benefits, and what older residents are entitled to.

We would especially like to encourage more young people to get involved as well as recruit more Community Information Champions in the Ascot and Old Windsor areas.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Information Champion please email

Do you have any Coronation souvenirs?

Do you have any Coronation souvenirs or memories you can share as part of an exhibition at the Maidenhead Heritage Centre?

The Park Street centre is holding an exhibition from Wednesday 12 April until Saturday 13 May which will include memorabilia from the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

You could have hidden gems from George VI's Coronation in 1937 or even previous ceremonies to add to the display.

The centre would also like to hear from any resident with memories of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation. Anyone who can help is asked to contact the Heritage Centre by emailing or by phone 01628 780555 as soon as possible.

Let us know about your community activities for the Coronation

More than 20 street parties celebrating His Majesty The King’s Coronation are set to take place in the Royal Borough over the Bank Holiday weekend in May – and we are keen to hear about other ways you are celebrating.

If you are organising a volunteering activity for the Big Help Out, or another Coronation community event or activity, and would like help promoting this to the wider community, please get in touch and this can be featured in this e-newsletter that goes to 21,000 local people each Friday. Email details to

You can also add your Coronation celebration to the national Coronation Map. For materials to help you celebrate, including Coronation bunting templates, visit the Coronation website. To see the street parties and road closures in the borough, please visit the One Network website.

For information on other ways to celebrate the Coronation, visit our coronation webpage.

Bin collections are not affected this Easter

We are now collecting household waste and recycling on Bank Holiday dates (excluding Christmas and New Year).

If your bin is due to be collected on a day which is a designated Bank Holiday this Easter, please put it at the kerbside by 7am on the day as usual.

Please remember to recycle your Easter egg packaging- the cardboard boxes, the plastic it sits in and the foil wrapping can all be recycled in your blue bin. 

Visit our waste webpage for more information about what can go in each bin.

Easter Bank Holiday pharmacy hours

With the Easter Bank Holiday next weekend, remember many pharmacies will be closed or have reduced opening hours.

So please give yourself enough time to request and collect your prescriptions, before Good Friday on 7 April.

If, however, you find yourself needing a Berkshire pharmacy during the long Easter weekend, find out which are open and when by visiting the NHS England South East website.

National schemes to help specific households with energy bills

There are two new energy bill support schemes nationally to help specific eligible households which have not received automatic payments.

Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding

Those of you who do not have a domestic electricity meter and do not contract directly with an electricity supplier, are eligible for £400.

It could mean you live in a park home, mobile home, houseboat, on a farm or a care home where you pay towards your care. 

To qualify, your property must also be your sole or main residence, and not a second home or holiday home. You cannot receive this payment if you received the monthly £66/£67 directly off your electricity bill, unless you moved into the new property before the end of that scheme.

Alternative Fuels Payment

Separately, the £200 Alternative Fuels Payment (AFP) is for those of you not connected to the mains gas grid and using alternative fuels as the main form of heating, such as tank or bottled gas, LPG, oil, wood and solid fuel.

This can be paid on top of the £400 off your electricity bill and most homes eligible for this payment will get it automatically as a credit on their electricity bills.

If you think you should have got a payment but have not, contact your electricity supplier. If you do not have a contract with an electricity supplier then you need to make an application. 

How to apply by the deadline of Wednesday 31 May

Apply for these schemes online, or call 0808 175 3287, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. Applications cannot be made directly to councils so please do not contact us.

Time's running out to put your name forward as a candidate for Royal Borough and parish elections

There are just days left to submit nomination forms to become a candidate in the Local Elections on Thursday 4 May.

Prospective candidates have until 4pm on Tuesday 4 April to submit their nomination forms.

In order to stand, you must meet the relevant qualifying criteria, get supporters to propose your nomination, sign and submit a nomination form together with consent to nomination.

The borough operates by a system of whole council elections every four years, meaning all 41 seats across all 19 wards are available. In addition, all 14 parish councils have all-out elections this year.

The notice of elections has been published and information about the upcoming polls will be updated on our 2023 Elections webpage.

Information about how to become a councillor and links to the nomination form are available on our website.

Register to vote and learn about new voter ID requirements

It is not too late to register to vote – the last date is Monday 17 April at 11.59pm. Registering to vote is easiest online via the Government website.

Due to a national legal change, for the first time you will need to show photo ID in order to vote at a polling station. A wide range of photo ID will be accepted, including passports, driving licences and cards with a PASS Mark. Please be aware that you cannot use your Advantage Card as a form of photo ID.

If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, you can apply by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate on the Electoral Commission website.

The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April. The deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.

Reminder: Upcoming improvements to Maidenhead Library

Maidenhead Library will be undergoing planned improvement works to its heating and ventilation starting from Monday 3 April.

The Maidenhead Library team apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works, which are expected to last for eight weeks.

Measures are in place to ensure the library remains open throughout this period and our library team are doing their best to minimise any disruption. Thank you for your understanding.

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

Here are just some of the upcoming community events in the Royal Borough:

  • ECO Action Hub official opening (Saturday 1 April, 10am to 4pm) – Nicholsons Centre, Maidenhead. The official opening of the ECO Action Hub at unit 5/7 in the Nicholsons Centre (formerly Dorothy Perkins). Peter Gibbs, best known as a former BBC TV weather presenter, will conduct the opening ceremony at 11am. Also featuring on the day will be the Repair Café where people can bring items to be fixed and displays about subjects such as eco-living and green travel. The opening day will also feature talks about how to save money on fuel bills and how to promote biodiversity in your own back garden. There are also activities planned for children of all ages

  • Cantorum Spring Concert (Saturday 1 April, 7.30pm) – Holy Trinity Church, Cookham. Alongside a cello soloist, the Cantorum Choir will perform two Bach Motets, several pieces by Howells and A Farewell to Arms by Richard Rodney Bennett. Tickets are available from the Cantorum choir website.

  • Performance of St Mark Passion (Sunday 2 April, at 3pm) St Michael’s church, Bray. Charles Wood's St Mark Passion will be performed, featuring the choir of St Michael's and friends, Oliver Gooch is the director and Drew Sellis is on the organ. Admission is £10 at the door. Further details on church's website

  • Walk the Stations of the Cross (Friday 7 April, 11.30am) – St John the Baptist Church, Cookham Dean. Nine local artists have been asked to paint an Easter ‘Stations of the Cross’ picture for this traditional walk which goes through the village finishing at Holy Trinity Church, Cookham. Everyone, with their children and dogs, are welcome to join or leave whenever they like, and the walk will finish about 1.30pm. There may well be coffee and a bun at the end of the walk

  • Free Easter Family Fun Day (Saturday 8 April, 11am to 3pm) – Grenfell Park, Maidenhead. Aimed at families with children aged up to 12 years old, there will be an Easter egg hunt, face painting, bunny mask painting and many other activities and refreshments. Organised by Maidenhead Bridge Rotary.

  • Windsor Art Exhibition (Saturday 8 April, 11am to 5pm) – Windsor Parish Church, High Street. Featuring original art, prints and cards direct from seven talented local artists. Free walk-in admission. Organised by the Windsor Artists Collective

  • Indoor short mat bowls club (every Thursday, 7.15pm) Braywick Leisure Centre, Maidenhead. New members who have never tried bowls before but would like to give it a go, are welcome. Short Mat Bowls is a game that can be played by anyone of any age or any ability, as a starter you can try the game using the club's bowls. Experienced players looking to join a new or additional club, are also welcome. For more information contact Tony on 07985583295 or just go along and watch.

If you have an upcoming not-for-profit community event or activity you’d like to promote in this newsletter, simply send basic information about your event to and it could be shared with more than 21,000 local residents.

You just need to include a brief description, when and where it takes place, and a link to a website/social media page/contact where people can find out more.

Have your say

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

Participating, sharing ideas, and giving your feedback is the best way to ensure your views are heard.

Our current consultations are:

Other local consultations

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is also asking for views on options for a redeveloped or relocated Royal Berkshire Hospital. Take part in their online survey or visit the Building Berkshire Together website to learn more.

Local Travel Updates

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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