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Langley College’s incredible contribution to supporting the local community during the pandemic lockdown, was recognised this week by the Worshipful the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Preston Brooker. The Major and Mayoress visited Langley College to present Group Principal and CEO Kate Webb and Gurpreet Nizzar, who led the outreach work, with a Certificate of Recognition for ‘the work done to save lives, keep people safe and stop the spread of Covid-19.’

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When the country was put in lockdown in March, Langley College put itself at the heart of the local response by supporting the vulnerable in the Slough community. Opening up the teaching kitchens, our staff led the effort to produce 99,290 hot meals and goody bags which were then distributed by community organisation, Slough Outreach. Langley College was also designated the One Slough Community Response Hub, used to sort, store and dispatch food throughout the community, and was the base for the Virtual Call Centre.

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Commenting on the contribution the College made during lockdown, Kate Webb said: “We are very proud that our resources were put to such valuable use and our staff were able to also play their part in supporting our local community. I must congratulate Gurpreet and his team for their unstinting commitment in ensuring the most vulnerable in Slough and beyond were expertly catered for. We are honoured to receive this certificate from the Mayor, who we sincerely thank for taking the time to visit us today.”

While at the College to present the certificate, the Mayor and Mayoress were given a tour of the training kitchens where Gurpreet, Head of Lettings and his team were based during the lockdown.  Gurpreet, who was on the frontline from the beginning, said: “We are enormously proud to have been in the position to support Slough Outreach. Instead of standing empty, our professional catering facilities, college staff and a team of volunteers worked tirelessly to bring healthy, home cooked food to the vulnerable in Slough.”

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The overall initiative was delivered as a partnership between Slough Borough Council, Slough CVS and voluntary sector groups throughout Slough.  Gurpreet concludes: “What was so heartening is that this partnership clearly demonstrated the unique spirit and the strong community commitment to do good and make a difference in the borough.”

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