Afternoon Tea for Slough 50+ Forum by young volunteers from Together As One

Afternoon Tea for Slough 50+ Forum by young volunteers from Together As One

On Thursday, August 15th, the young volunteers from Together As One will host an afternoon tea for the esteemed members of Slough 50+ Forum, featuring a delightful assortment of sandwiches and cakes. This charming event was originally conceived by the young people, whose creative ideas were subsequently selected by the members of the 50+ Forum to bring to life.

The event will be held at 29 Church Street, commencing at 1:30 p.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m.

Booking Link

Members of the 50+ Forum who wish to reserve their place are invited to click here.

In addition to the dedicated young volunteers from Together As One, the event will also be supported by volunteers from the Blagrave Trust.

Together As One and the 50+ Forum share a long and proud history of collaboration, exemplified by the kind invitation extended by the 50+ Forum for us to join in celebrating their 25th anniversary in April. Read more about that celebration here.

Global Grub returns for Summer 2024

Global Grub returns for Summer 2024

This summer, our Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) program is back with Global Grub! Young people, 11-16, can join us at the Guide Hut in Kedermister Park from 12 to 5 pm on these dates:

– Tuesday 23rd – Friday 26th July
– Tuesday 30th July – Friday 2nd August
– Tuesday 6th August – Friday 9th August
– Tuesday 13th – Friday 16th August

Every day, besides doing fun arts and physical activities, they can learn to cook a new dish with our awesome chef, Kevin Muhammad.

Cooking times each day are:
– 12:00 pm
– 1:30 pm
– 3:00 pm
– 4:00 pm

If your child gets free school meals, please book using the official HAF site here.

If not, please book using the Google Form here.

Click here to learn more about Global Grub’s history.

Book here for Slough Young People’s Hustings

Book here for Slough Young People’s Hustings

Next Tuesday (25th June), Slough will host one of the only hustings for young people in the UK. Six prospective candidates will receive questions from young people aged 11 to 25.
Candidates for the young people's hustings

Candidates for the young people’s hustings

This significant event will take place at The Langley Academy and will be hosted by 17-year-old Langley Academy student, Hurairah Khan.
Alison Lusuardi, Headteacher of The Langley Academy, expressed her enthusiasm: “We are delighted to be hosting this event and to witness our future leaders in action, debating and discussing important issues as they seek to shape the future.”
The event is being organised by Together As One (formerly Aik Saath) and Slough Youth Parliament.
The event is scheduled to start at 6.30 pm and will conclude at 8 pm. There are still spaces available for those who wish to attend, but booking is essential. Book here.
Attendees are also invited to submit questions using the booking form (link above).
This event is part of a series called Slough Young People’s Question Time. The first event in this series took place in 2015, also as part of a General Election.
To find out more, please contact Rosa at 07540 750269.
Remembering Slough’s Servicemen on D-Day

Remembering Slough’s Servicemen on D-Day

Today we commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Also known as Operation Overlord, D-Day took place on 6 June, 1944 during the Second World War. Allied forces landed in Normandy, France to begin the liberation of Europe. This huge attack helped free mainland Europe from Nazi control. Thousands of people worked together to start the fight that eventually led to the end of the war.
Together As One (Aik Saath) has undertaken two oral history projects focused on remembering the contributions of communities whose efforts in both world wars have often been under-represented – the United Indian Ex-servicemen of Slough (Remembering Forgotten Heroes, 2005) and the contribution of Polish aircrew (17,000 Reasons to Remember, 2017).

Remembering D-Day

Young people recording the story of Stanislaw Nawarski as part of 17,000 Reasons to Remember, listened as he shared the story of his involvement in D-Day operations as part of 302 Squadron.
Young people interview Stanislaw Nawarski DFC at Bentley Priory Museum.

Young people interview Stanislaw Nawarski DFC at Bentley Priory Museum.

He was told on the evening of the 5 June that they were being transferred to Tangmere – it was not until take-off that they were told they would be taking part in the D-Day operations. The role of the fighter pilots was to patrol the French coast and protect the Allied soldiers who were landing on the beaches of Normandy by making sure enemy aircraft could not get close enough to attack.

Download the Exhibitions

To find out more about 17,000 Reason to Remember, download the exhibition brochure here: 17000-reasons-to-remember
To find out more about Remembering Forgotten Heroes, download the exhibition brochure here: Remembering Forgotten Heroes
Jay Blades and the Case for Racism as Contextual Safeguarding

Jay Blades and the Case for Racism as Contextual Safeguarding

Meeting Jay Blades

The realisation that Jay Blades from BBC’s The Repair Shop was the same person I had met on Slough High Street in the early noughties came to me gradually. During that time he was collaborating on a project called Street Dreams with his partner at the time, Jade. Though I can’t recall the exact reason for our initial meeting, I remember it being an energetic conversation – we had a lot of common ground, both being involved in the running of similar organisations. I believe our meeting occurred because various community safety departments and Thames Valley Police shared the view that both Together As One (formerly Aik Saath) in Berkshire and Street Dreams in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire were engaged in innovative work at ‘the grassroots.’

Making It

Reflecting on how Jay and I, both youth workers then, had divergent career paths over the following decade, I stumbled upon Jay’s biography by chance in a bookstore recently. As I leafed through its pages, memories of our meeting flooded back, highlighting the closeness of our worlds at one point. Intriguingly, while learning about Jay’s evolution from a youth worker to a TV personality was captivating, it was his account of enduring racism and violence that truly astonished me. His book vividly portrays how racism significantly altered the trajectory of his life.

In “Making It: How Love, Kindness and Community Helped Me Repair My Life,” Jay recounts how his primary school provided a nurturing environment amidst challenges, while his secondary school was marred by relentless racial violence. Jay’s response to this aggression, juxtaposed with his dyslexia and the education system’s lack of support, paints a poignant picture of his struggles. While Jay met force with force, his friend Iqbal was victimised again and again. Jay turned away from formal learning and towards fighting – “you love what you’re good at,” he observes. His secondary education, fraught with racism, not only altered his life but also exposed him to long-term physical and mental risks.

With over 25 years of experience in confronting racism as an organisation, we recognise that Jay’s experiences are sadly not unique. Rather, they serve as a compelling case study of how hatred can derail the lives of young people.

A Fresh Perspective on Contextual Safeguarding

My immersion in Jay’s biography coincided with the release of “Protecting Young Black Lives, Celebrating Black Professionals,” a research report from Cumberland Lodge, Power the Fight, and the Contextual Safeguarding Research Programme at Durham University. This report sheds light on issues compromising the safety of young Black individuals and acknowledges the contributions of Black professionals dedicated to their protection. Crucially, it emphasises the necessity of recognising racism as a safeguarding issue and its impact on the welfare of Black youth and professionals supporting them.

Contextual safeguarding acknowledges the influence of various environments on young people outside their family, including school, community, peer groups, and online platforms. While training typically focuses on identifying challenges like criminal exploitation and knife crime, racism is often overlooked as a factor. The report underscores the importance of considering racism within the framework of contextual safeguarding, particularly given its pervasive impact on young Black lives.

The report reveals the myriad ways in which the safety of young Black individuals is compromised, directly and indirectly, by societal institutions meant to protect them. Reflecting on Jay’s biography and the obstacles he overcame, it is evident that racism must be central to discussions surrounding contextual safeguarding. Jay’s harrowing experiences during his secondary education underscore the urgency of addressing racism as a critical safeguarding issue in our efforts to protect young lives.