Slough organisations awarded funding for green initiatives

Published: 27 November 2018

The council’s sustainable transport team, Better by…, is awarding funding to Slough organisations to help them set up environmentally friendly initiatives.

Under the scheme, organisations from across the borough can apply to receive match funding towards sustainable travel projects.

The money can be used on anything to help employees travel more sustainably, such as cycle parking, electric vehicle charging, sustainable travel events, staff bikes and more.

Wexham Park Hospital and UCB are the first to be awarded grants.

Wexham Park Hospital, who received £10,067, has used the money to offer electric vehicle chargers for their new e-car fleet, which are available for staff use.

The fleet will help the hospital reduce its carbon footprint, while enabling employees to use alternative modes of transport to get to work; where they might have otherwise relied on their own car for work related travel.

UCB, which was awarded £1,260, has its funding to deliver cycle skills training for its employees.

The aim of the cycle training sessions was to teach employees how to cycle on the road properly, while demonstrating how easy cycling can be, once they had gained a bit of confidence.

Many of UCB’s staff have lived in Slough or the surrounding areas for a long time, yet felt they did not have the confidence or competence to cycle on Slough’s roads.

These activities are part of the wider Better by… campaign, which aims to encourage people of all ages to use environmentally-friendly forms of travel, such as walking, cycling and public transport, while improving their fitness, saving money and time on the daily commute; and enabling residents to explore new places in the borough.

Other facets under the programme see the team working with those living, working and studying across Slough, and include:

• travel and journey planning training for job seekers and students to assist them in getting to interviews, training and places of work
• subsidised cycle skills lessons for all ages and abilities in Salt Hill Park
• community cycling events throughout the year featuring static bike races, bike roadshows, a smoothie making bike and advice to help residents to get back on their bikes
• road safety and awareness training for staff, parents and pupils at primary schools
• discounted cycle maintenance courses and bike surgeries
• the Cycle Slough cycle hire
• cycle ride leader training and more.

Councillor Martin Carter, cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “It’s great to see organisations already benefiting from this funding and being proactive about finding more environmentally friendly ways for their staff to travel.

“The Better By…programme is all about educating residents and businesses about the small steps they can take towards more sustainable travel and I would urge other groups to apply for funding.”

For more information and to find out if your organisation could be eligible, contact Anton Deacon, sustainable transport officer: anton.deacon@slough.gov.uk or visit the official Better by… page.