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This message is dated Monday 28th September 2020 - Maidenhead

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FIRST: A warning if you run a business.  We have recently had three nail / hair salons broken into and their tills targeted, for the cash float.  If you do run a business, can you ensure there is no cash left in tills over-night ?   If the till is visible from the street, leave the cash draw visible, open and if possible, lit - just to make sure anyone checking out the property can see it.  If you have a alarm - or even better ‘smoke Cloak’ - make sure warning signs are placed in the windows as a deterrent and set them.  Smoke Cloak is a brilliant anti-theft device.  If a beam is broken / alarm activated, if fills the whole premises with a thick cloud of smoke, making it impossible to see anything - or even find your way out.  It has an additional advantage.  In the smoke is a UV spray, which covers the offender.  It seeps into every crevice in their body, covering their hair, in their ears, all their clothing including between the laces in their trainers.  It is almost impossible to remove from clothing and hidden areas of skin and will immediately identify an offender, if a UV light is shone on them !  It is available from most reputable security installers and online.
NEXT: There was a burglary in Sunningdale - but the crime prevention advice, is useful for everyone.  26/9  Saturday 7.40 p.m. The owner received a text message from a neighbour alerting them to their Burglar Alarm sounding.  When they arrived home they found their rear patio doors smashed and a very fast untidy search of the upstairs bedrooms.  Real and costume jewellery, a sewing box and a pillowcase stolen.  Opportunist thieves cannot ‘go equipped’, to commit burglaries.  That includes something to take away any stolen items.  Instead, they wait until they have found a suitable target and then look for the necessary tools and bags there.  It is often tools from a garden shed / garage, used to break in.  They will then look inside for a sports bag.  If none is available, they will remove a pillowcase from a bed and use that.  Often if they have time, they will empty jewellery boxes / bedside tables onto the bed to sort through to take only the most valuable jewellery.  If as in this case, they are in a hurry, they will simply dump everything into the pillowcase and run.
It is vital therefore, that you do not store valuable jewellery in a jewellery box on a dressing table.  Valuable - not only means high priced items, but often more precious sentimental items.  High priced items, can be replaced with Insurance payouts.  Family sentimental items of jewellery, which may have little financial value, may be the items most missed as they can never be replaced.  You know your house best.  Go through your jewellery, keep what you wear regularly available, but hidden and all the other items, well secured.  You know if you have a loose floorboard, behind the kick boards in your kitchen, a secret place, it would take an opportunist thief more than 5 minutes to find - as simple as that.  An opportunist thief will not be in your home for more than 5 minutes in case you return.  DO IT TODAY.

NEXT:  Hi Jeff,
I hope you are well and had a good weekend!  
Please could you help promote this for us - we have some more FREE training opportunities for our community groups and volunteers - plus some funding information and advice.  
Thank you so much.  
Kind Regards
Asma Aziz
WAM Gets Involved/Slough CVS

ESFA Community Training Grants

The grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available in Thames Valley Berkshire for projects supporting unemployed and economically inactive people on their journey towards employment. The deadline for applications to be considered for the next round of funding is 9am Monday 26th October. For more information please see link below.
For more information please go to:

Deadline: 9am on 26 October 2020
The Louis Baylis Charitable Trust

The Trust distributes grants worth a total of more than £100,000 to more than 100 recipients each year and has a policy of distributing the majority of the grants to local organisations and charities, the balance going to regional and national organisations
The majority of applications for grants from the Trust are received by post from local and national charities and organisations that are aware of the Trust.
The Trust supports all sections of the community served by the publications of Baylis Media Ltd and actively encourages applications for grants from the Trust.
The bulk of donations are made to benefit the elderly and the young, although many other groups including the arts are also supported.
Support is also given to both regional and national charities.
For more information please go to:
Deadline: 6 November 2020
British Science Week 2021 Community Grants

The community grant scheme is available to support British Science Week (5-14 March 2021) activities.
This scheme offers £500 to £2,000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:
  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women
Deadline: 5pm on 9 November 2020
Hidden Carers: East Berkshire and Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
Phone line extended until the end of December to help “hidden” Carers across Berkshire
East Berkshire and Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), together with Signal4Carers, are pleased to extend a Berkshire wide Freephone number until the end of December, to support those who maybe looking after someone
If you are looking after a relative there is help for you.  Call Freephone 0800 133 7851.  Monday - Friday 10 a.m. / 4 p.m. with a 24 hour answerphone service.
For more information please go to:
Berkshire Vision:
Referring clients/members to Berkshire Vision 

If you would like to find out more about self referring someone you know who is visually impaired to Berkshire Vision, their contact details are:

Telephone: 0118 987 2803


Driven Forward Community Fridge:
A simple solution to wasting less, the sharing of good quality food.
Find the Fridge at Alexandra Gardens Car park, (by the Yellow Duck Boat), Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HY

Opening hours every day from 7/9 between 12 noon / 2 p.m.

Contact :

A limit of 10 items can be picked up
The Voluntary Sector Forum:
The next WAMGI Forum will be on Wednesday 18 November @1pm - As well as the usual lively discussion, we will be inviting The National Lottery Community Fund to talk about what new funding opportunities they will have moving into 2021.
Register now for a Zoom attendance at:
We have planned lots of new exciting training opportunities so keep a look out!

Can't find the training you are looking for? No problem, get in touch with us at
and we'll do our best to organise your required training at no cost to your group or charity.

Note: Please can we ask you to let us know if you cannot attend any training you are booked on to, as although it is free to all of our community groups, we still pay for the trainer and the service and your place can be made available to someone else.
Tips to looking after yourself when working from home and avoiding Zoom fatigue’ training

Time: 10am
Date: 30 September 
Venue: Virtual Zoom Meeting – 1 hour

The Slough Working Well Group has decided to put together a series of virtual events to help you as some Covid-19 restrictions remain in force. We will be providing you with information, advice and guidance that will help you to find the right kind of support that will help you in your current situation and with the gradual return to work of your employees.
For more information about the session:
To reserve your place then please contact: Bob Jones -
Volunteer Passport Training:
If you have been affected by redundancy, join the Volunteer Passport training to up skill or start your volunteer journey:  - 1 October, 9:30 - 11:30am
To complete your Volunteer Passport, you will need to book onto the final module, 'Communications Skills'; watch out for the new date to be announced soon. 
Introduction to ‘Theory of Change’ - planning, evaluation & participation

Time: 4:30pm - 6:45pm
Date: 1 October 
Venue: Online via Zoom

An introduction to the ‘theory of change’ approach to planning, evaluation and participation training.

Are you determined to demonstrate the positive impact of involving young people and carers in service design/delivery?
Have you previously struggled to demonstrate the impact of your project on young people’s wellbeing?

Come to our training delivered by YoungMinds to learn about:
What is a Theory of Change and why is it an effective way of evaluating projects
Why we’re creating a Theory of Change for the Young Health Champions programme East Berkshire
Components of a Theory of Change and an Evaluation Plan
  • How a Theory of Change helps you map the impact of your project
  • How does a Theory of Change help you create an Evaluation Framework
  • How a Theory of Change helps to make the case for participation
Register now:
Fundraising from Trusts;
This training will take place on Wednesday 7 Oct (10am - 12noon)
Charitable trusts expect high quality applications and competition is increasingly high since the pandemic. This online session will explore what funders are looking for, the benefits of partnerships working, how to identify the right funder for your organisation, and how to create the most compelling case.
To register:
Surviving Economic Abuse:
With the introduction of economic abuse in the forthcoming statutory definition of Domestic Abuse, Surviving Economic Abuse invites learners from traditional and non traditional Domestic Abuse Stakeholders, to attend this training.
The aim of this training is to raise awareness of Economic Abuse and provide an opportunity for learners to consider how they can contribute to the economic safety of victim-survivors of economic abuse. 
This course offers a level 3 accreditation.  
This training will take place on the following dates:

Thursday 15 Oct (9:30am - 1pm)

Thursday 5 Nov (9:30am - 1pm)
To Register:
Zoom Training - Intermediate Level:
Time: 10am – 12pm
Date: 20 October 
Venue: Online via Zoom

This training is especially important to anyone who is thinking about hosting and scheduling training, an event or other group activity using zoom. We will look at how to use break out rooms, polls, virtual backgrounds and the whiteboard function.

To Register:
Promoting Your Organisation Using Social Media
Time: 12:45pm – 2:25pm
Date: 4 November 
Venue: Online via Zoom
This will involve using Twitter, FB, Snapchat and other platforms as a means of expanding your audience and engaging with more members of the community. The trainer will also discuss useful tips on connecting with charity bloggers, stakeholders and how to manage online communities.
To Register:

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.
I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -
25/9  Friday  9 a.m. / 5 p.m.  St. Luke’s Road. The owner had previously organised a gas company to come to her home to check her gas appliances.  Due to Covid, they could not visit.  Two men called on Friday, to say they had come to check the gas fire and other appliances.  Once inside, they said they could smell gas and turned it off.  They then went throughout the house, checking other appliances.  Later the aggrieved discovered her jewellery had been stolen.  Ref. No:  43200304023
28/9  Monday 1 a.m.  Bridge Road.  Garage break.  The owner returned to find their garage door open and the light on.  The police were called and found a man asleep inside.  He was arrested on suspicion of burglary.  Ref. No:  43200304313
25/9  Friday 1 a.m.  Thames Crescent.  Car driver’s window smashed.  Bag containing wallet and bank cards & paperwork stolen.  There was also an unsuccessful attempt to remove the radio.  Ref. No:  43200302573
25/9  Friday 2.45 a.m. / 3.30 a.m.  Derwent Drive.  Multiple residents reported video doorbell footage of a man walking along their road trying car door handles.  The man entered one car and is seen, rummaging through the glove box.  Nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43200302875
25/9  Friday 9.35 p.m.  Church, Church Road, Cookham Dean.  The aggrieved went to the Church and could not open the main doors.  When they did get in, they found jemmy marks around cupboards in the vestry.  Nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43200302619
25/9  Friday 1.30 p.m. / 3.30 p.m.  Strande Park.  Cookham.  Shed break - strimmer stolen.  Ref. No:  43200302868
25/9  Friday 4 a.m.  Switchback Road South.  Front index plate stolen from a van.  Ref. No:  43200304990

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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The Maidenhead Police Area NHW Association continues to flourish and is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the town and its surrounding areas. Many new schemes have been established over the past year and, thanks to a number of new active Coordinators and despite lockdown,  Neighbourhood Watch in Maidenhead has continued to be active during these past months and a number of new schemes have been started and others expanded.  Areas which may not have been fully covered in the past but now are, or are much improved, include:-   Calders Close, Grosvenor Drive, Ray Park Avenue, Somerford Close, Brampton Ct, In the Ray, Leighton Gardens, Camperdown, Addison Ct, Ray Mill Road East, The Pagoda, Grant Lane, Clappers Meadow, Boulters Ct, Boulters Lane, Boulters Gardens, Lower Cookham Road (A4094) (Between boulters lock and boulters carpark), Boulters Island, Horton Close, Waltham St Lawrence Parish, The Paddock, St Margaret’s Road, Lees Close, Auckland Close, Juniper Drive  and others.
Residents within these scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit and enter your postcode.
If you have any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Maidenhead Multi-Scheme Administrator, John Diack at

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

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