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This message is dated Monday 27th September 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 27/09/2021 13:03:00

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FIRST:  As the evenings are drawing in, we will shortly be starting our Winter Burglary Campaign.  That will be leaving lights on timers and a talk radio station left on, if you will get home after it is dark, making you home look occupied.  In the dark, it must not stand out from your neighbours – as no-one is home.  Our opportunist thieves, know little about CCTV, burglar alarms and video doorbells.  They choose the easiest target.  So - if your neighbours have all these devices – you must think about reducing you risk of being the least protected property in the road.  If you don’t have an alarm, perhaps putting a dummy box would work until you have made a decision.  Most boxes on the outside of houses are now dummy boxes as modern alarms sound inside the house, making it impossible for thieves to remain, once they sound.

If you would you like a FREE Home Security Survey  - email your name, address with postcode and contact phone details to:

A member of your local Police Neighbourhood Team will pick it up and make an appointment with you.  Our aim is not to make you a prisoner in your own home, but to balance your security, with your finances and lifestyle.

NEXT:  Last week, I attended a series of community volunteer organisation meetings via zoom.  One was a WAM meeting.  That is up to 40 local - Windsor & Maidenhead - voluntary organisations.  We network and talk about local initiatives supporting local residents.  It is a really impressive group and the work they carry out supporting residents in fantastic !

WAM offers training for volunteering:

They provide a course to deliver a ‘Volunteer Passport’ which covers:
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Safeguarding children
  • Communication
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Boundaries and Confidentiality

They also provide:
  • A Health Seminar: Breast Seminar
  • First Aid training
  • Power Hour Workshop
  • Reflective Practice & Peer Support for Professional and Voluntary Sector
  • Conflict management
  • Fundraising from Trusts Foundation
  • Befriending Training

For more information go to:

The Website contains more information about Community Funding schemes:

Or email Mewish Bokhari at -

NEXT:  The Berkshire Community Foundation:  Yet another funding stream - 


We are Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF), a charity that works across Berkshire to raise, then distribute, money directly to vital local causes.

We ensure that any form of philanthropy, whether from an individual or an organisation, brings greatest benefit to those most in need in our local communities.

The Fund is now open for grant applications in our Autumn 2021 round of funding.
Berkshire Community Foundation’s Vital for Berkshire Fund is now open for grant applications. Charities and community groups in Berkshire are encouraged to submit applications for up to £5,000 of funding support, from today till 10am on Monday 18th October 2021.
This round of funding will focus broadly on charities that tackle the needs of key groups such as children and young people, older people, those with disabilities and those who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To ensure an even spread of funding across Berkshire, the Foundation will encourage applications from groups in Slough and those tackling young people’s needs in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM), but will remain open to applications from groups operating in other parts of the County.
Details of the criteria – if you provide anything that supports - the needs of children and young people, older people, those with disabilities and those continuing to be impacted by the pandemic.

For more information – email

NEXT:  The Learning Disability Partnership Board

The LDPB works to improve the lives and safety of people with Learning Disabilities in RBWM and shares up-to-date information on relevant local and national issues and events. The aim of the LDPB is to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families. Members of the group include people diagnosed with learning disability, parent/carers, and professionals, creating a multidiscipline group made up of 75 members. The LDPB meets every other month, meetings involve, guest speakers and discussions on current national and local topics that affect people with a learning disability. The overall aim is to create a more inclusive community for people with a learning disability.

In addition to facilitating the LDPB, I facilitate the ‘Hear our Voice’ groups, whose members are adults with learning disabilities within RBWM. The aim of these groups is to ensure people with a learning disability are informed on local topics and have their voices heard within the community. These groups meet each month and are entirely led by the adults with a learning disability they choose topics that they would like to Know more about or that are personally relevant to their needs. Previous topics have included coming out of lockdown, healthy eating, and safety within the community.  

For more information email:

NEXT:  The Cancer Support Network

The Cancer Support Network is a community focused network that has been established to support people living in and around Berkshire, including RBWM.

‘The value of sharing and realising – you’re not on your own’

They provide practical and emotional support to people with cancer, during and after the treatment period.  They support people with all kinds of cancer across the UK.  Their services are designed and delivered by people who have experienced cancer themselves – to improve the experience of others

People tell them that they feel very well supported, whilst receiving medical treatment, but isolated at different times along their cancer journey.  Particularly upon initial times along their cancer journey, particularly upon initial diagnosis and following intensive treatment path.

Not only do they support those diagnosed with cancer, they also support family members with support talking groups.

We need to get the word out that this service is available and to make referrals for support.  They have a WhatsApp group where previous cancer sufferers can chat to recently diagnosed patients, to talk about ongoing treatments, offer support and let them know – they are not on their own.

Anyone can refer someone to the group.  They provide ‘Cancer Coaches’ – a free support programme for anyone who has completed their physical cancer treatment.  It is held over the phone and online video.  Groups are run by trained facilitators and take place once a week for 6 weeks – You can talk to others, who know what it is like – as they will have experienced cancer too !

To join a group – go to:

FINALLY:  It was mentioned at the meeting that people are not always reporting their symptoms in a timely manner, feeling they do not want to bother busy doctors – or even whether they should make an appointment.  Delaying an appointment could cause major issues as time goes by.  If in doubt – phone the surgery.

For more information go to:

NEXT:  Healthier Together.

The Healthier Together programme relies upon patients and healthcare professionals working together, to improve how local healthcare is delivered.  The website provides advice for parents, young people and pregnant women and clinical resources to support healthcare professionals – which means that your child is likely to receive consistently high- quality care, irrespective of which healthcare professional they see.

Many parents have real concerns about what to do, when their children show any symptoms of illness – what should they do ?  If their child has a temperature, should they still let them go to school / nursery ??/

The website has a very simple flow chart outlining what parents should do

For more information go to:


Good Gym consists of a group of people that combines getting fit with doing good works

Their mission statement:  We are a community of people who get fit by doing good.  We stop off on our sessions to do physical tasks for community organisations. We also support isolated older people with social visits and one-off tasks.  It's a great way to get fit, meet new people and do some good.

Everyone's welcome!

The idea is they have a list of people to visit, jobs to do, such as painting fences, planting trees, mowing lawns, litter picking etc. etc.  They run to each job, complete it – and run back !

They will undertake all sorts of tasks which benefit the community.  Would you like to be part of a large team of people, make friends as well as doing good works in the community ?

For more information go to:
Or email:

NEXT:  Bucks Mind

This group organises lots of activities for those suffering from depression.  On the website is a monthly timetable of events they organise, which people can chose to attend and join.  Some are online, some, face to face

Buckinghamshire Mind runs a wide range of services in East Berkshire for children, young people and adults affected by mental health problems, including:
  • Befriending
  • Children and Young People’s Services
  • Community Based Support
  • Community Connectors
  • Community Link Workers
  • Counselling for Adults
  • Employment Support
  • Older Adults’ Service
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Safe Haven
  • Suicide Bereavement Support Service
  • Training Services
  • Wellbeing Services
They run fitness groups, tai Chi, talking therapies ,engagement groups.  Anyone can refer – people car even refer themselves.

They are starting a new group for 17 – 25 year olds and are now taking referrals.
They eve organise small groups for more professional support.

They are always looking for suggestions for new activities for their members

For more information, go to:

Or email:

26/9  Sunday 8 a.m. / 6 p.m.  Craufurd Court, Craufurd Rise.  Garage break and 2 bikes stolen.  Garage door lock forced.  1.  A green Cannondale Lesdy 3 gravel bike.  2.  A Piranello Price road bike.  Both bike have trackers installed.  Ref. No:  43210434979  You can purchase various forms of ‘bike tracker devices’ from major online retail stores and there are dozens to choose from, in a range of prices.  Some are concealed in rear red tail lights or brake lights.  Others are small square devices you secrete on a bike, or devices which slide into the end of handlebars.  Once activated, they all send GPS data to your mobile phone !!!  If you don’t want to purchase and install one of these – please take a photo of your bike standing against a wall, then turn the bike over and take a photo of the frame number, which is usually on the metal plate between the pedals.  Then email the photos to yourself, so that we have full details if the bike is stolen.  You could also simply write your postcode and house number all over the bike and register it for free on  ???


I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -





Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.

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Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
·       help to make our community safer?
·       improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
·       help the Police to reduce local crime?
·       make our own home security better?
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.
Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including  having  free  home  security  surveys  conducted  by  a  local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise  on  optimum  ways  to  safeguard  against  crime  and  improve personal and household security
But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on and we will be delighted to assist.

Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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