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Volunteers are needed urgently, in the Ascot and Sunningdale area, by the charity - ABCtoRead - which helps children see the fun in learning to read. Full training given. Contact details above.

Could you help a child learn how to read and make a lasting difference to their life?...Become a virtual reading volunteer with ‘ABC (Assisting Berkshire Children) to read’ and you can do just that.

Some children may have fallen behind with their reading during the school closures, but as a volunteer you’ll receive training and support to help children catch up and build their skills and confidence.

To find out more, or to apply to be a volunteer, visit the ‘ABC to read’ website   https://www.abctoread.org.uk/     or email info@abctoread.org.uk

Executive Director of Place appointed  | Andrew Durrant has been appointed as the Executive Director of Place at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

The appointment was made following a cross party interview process. Andrew will start his role in Spring.

Andrew joins the council from Westminster City Council where he is Director of Community Services, a post he has held since 2018.

Andrew, says: “As a resident of the borough I am looking forward to working with councillors, officers and partners. I am passionate about the positive impact local government can make on people’s lives and I want to ensure that I deliver quality services that make a meaningful difference to our residents and visitors.”


Read more: Royal Borough | 'Executive Director of Place' Appointed

The ongoing vaccination programme has seen 95% of care home staff at the Gracewell of Ascot given the Covid-19 vaccine, whilst 97% of residents (all those who could receive it) were also given the vaccine.

Gracewell of Ascot is an 80-bed care home with residential, nursing and memory care residents. 

 The care home management team working alongside the local GP Dr Edward Williams, Senior Partner at Ascot Medical Centre, and his team have been working hard to educate and reassure members of staff who were worried about having the vaccine.

Raina Jordan, Registered and General Manager at Gracewell of Ascot, said: “Initially we had 60% of the team members who had taken up the vaccine at Wexham Park. The management team all went for their vaccinations early on to lead by example. 

“We had members of staff who couldn’t have the Pfizer vaccination due to allergies or they were breastfeeding, as well as some team members who were fearful. 

“We spent time educating the fearful members of the team on how the vaccine works and reassured them that they were in no danger and that it would be the fastest way back to a more normal life. As well as it being the responsible route to take in view of protecting our residents that they care for.” 

The care home management team took every opportunity to communicate and provide factual information about the vaccine and its content, addressing myths and supporting members of staff with information to help them make an informed decision.

They also put together a video which featured team members and residents receiving the vaccination to encourage staff to get the vaccine. 

Read more: Staff in Ascot Care Home Lead the Way in Getting the Vaccine



Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust has introduced a number of measures which include visiting restrictions (except in some circumstances). This is part of our Infection Prevention and Control strategy to minimise footfall on site and to help reduce transmission of the virus across the hospitals to protect patients and staff.


We realise how difficult it is to be unable to see your loved one whilst they are in hospital, particularly during this worrying time. Our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) team are doing all they can to ensure you can keep in touch with your family member if they are an inpatient at Ashford or St Peter’s Hospitals. Aided by a team of volunteers, the PALS team are delivering letters and helping to arrange video calls between patients and relatives to allow them to stay connected to those that matter.


If you’d like to send a letter or arrange a video call with a loved one who is currently an inpatient at Ashford or St Peter’s Hospitals, please contact: asp-tr.patient.advice@nhs.net.


We are also looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help in a number of areas so if this is something you would be interested in doing, please contact Joanne Rockett, volunteer coordinator for more information - asp-tr.voluntary.services@nhs.net



Local health and care service, Frimley Health and Care, is looking for volunteers to help with the COVID-19 vaccination programme roll out. If you’d like to volunteer, please email: volunteer@rbwm.gov.uk.


 Pictured Above: Laptops Arriving at Holy Trinity. Also Delivered to St.Michael's, South Ascot Village School, Cranbourne and Ascot Heath

The Rotary Club of Ascot   are extremely proud to be associated with a local project to provide laptops for primary schools in the Ascot, Windsor and Bracknell catchment areas.

In cooperation with the Sunningdale Hope Trust, and other local charitable organisations, the project, to date, has raised over £20,000 which has enabled the purchase of 150 laptops and still counting!

The project was initiated by Georgie Tindall a local resident of Sunninghill. Georgie was contacted by local primary school heads who alerted her to the serious problem of available laptops which would be urgently needed due to the imminent closure of schools.The laptop project was launched.

 The laptops would be made available, by the schools, to local families who do not have sufficient funds to own or purchase a laptop, or, only have one to share across their children who have different online lessons. This problem would have a real impact on children’s education now and in the future as they get further behind with their studies.

Read more: Helping Families Home School in Ascot Sunnings Windsor & Winkfield

This Children’s Mental Health Week (1st-7th February), the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is encouraging parents and other support networks to consider how they can support the wellbeing of children and young people.

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Week is ‘Express Yourself’. Expressing yourself is about finding ways for children and young people to share their feelings, thoughts or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and by doing activities that make them feel good.

Parents and carers play an important role in a child’s mental health, and there are lots of free online resources available to help children and young people explore what it means to ‘Express Yourself’. You can access these services on the Children’s Mental Health Week website: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/parents-and-carers/.

Read more: Children’s Mental Health Week – ‘Express Yourself’