A Slough community group for the elderly is calling on people to use the phone to check up on their senior neighbours, friends and loved ones during the COVID-19 crisis.

Founder of Slough Seniors Vijay Gupta said: “It is of utmost importance that we all stay safe during this unprecedented time.

“But that does not mean that we should stop communicating with the most vulnerable in our community, many who already live alone and have lost loved ones in recent years. Some elderly people will have access to the internet, but many won’t.

“So the smallest gesture like a written message under the door or a phone call can keep us connected and ensure our senior citizens aren’t suffering in silence.”

Slough Seniors is a member of Slough Council for Voluntary Service (Slough CVS), which is coordinating volunteer efforts to reach the vulnerable during the lockdown. This is in partnership with Slough Borough Council and is known as One Slough Community Response.

Ramesh Kukar, CEO of Slough CVS, said: “So many people have been offering their support.

“The One Slough team will be linking the vulnerable to services that can help them, so the important thing is for everyone to take care and don't take risks when trying to help others.”

Those who are isolated at home can get practical support from volunteers such as having medicines picked up and delivered. Volunteers are also needed.

Point of contact for volunteers is https://sloughcvs.org/covid19/