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Chai and chat at the Sikh Gurdwara

Steve receiving JeenaSuitCases

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s new Chief Executive, Steve McManus, was delighted to spend time at the Sikh Gurdwara in Early, for the launch of their new community initiative called ‘Chai and Chat’. 


The initiative provides an opportunity for Sikh women to come together in an informal setting and to meet with other community groups.


Steve was invited to speak about the hospital and afterwards had a queue of people wanting to tell him about the positive experiences they have regarding the care they, or their relatives, have received from staff at our hospitals. 


He also received two Jeena SuitCases and BabyBags, full of useful items for vulnerable or homeless women within the Trust’s maternity service, who may benefit from such support.  Jeena is a charity that seeks to support vulnerable individuals in a range of different ways.  Jeena’s founder, Rani, told us that we were the first hospital to receive these.


“This community spirit and engagement is one we need to harness and build on.  I am finding that there is so much goodwill out there for ‘the Royal Berks’ and we need to nurture and protect this”, concluded Steve.

February 2017


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