Home-Start Volunteer of the Year nominee

Well done to our volunteer Andrea for being nominated!

Andrea Blake

Andrea Blake – our star!

One of Home-Start Slough’s volunteers has been nominated for a Slough Council for Voluntary Services (SCVS) award as Volunteer of the Year 2013.

Dedicated Andrea Blake, aged 46 from Britwell, has been nominated after volunteering for Home-Start for nearly 11 years. The Slough Voluntary Sector Awards will take place on October 25 in Langley.

Andrea helps to empower parents in times of need, by being a shoulder to cry on, offering practical support and advice to enable parents to bring their children up in the happiest and healthiest way possible.

Andrea said of her nomination: “I was pleasantly surprised when I was told I’d been nominated.

“I love being a volunteer and helping people who aren’t getting the help they desperately need. Sometimes volunteers are the difference between a family breakdown and keeping a family together.

“I always tell people, if they’re thinking of volunteering, to just do it. You can make such a difference to people’s lives and the community you live in.

“Home-Start Slough is a great place to start, as it’s very structured and offers volunteers a lot of support and feedback.

“All I need to do now is go and find myself a new dress for the evening. I’m also looking forward to meeting other volunteers on the night.”

Janine Edwards, Scheme Manager for Home-Start Slough, said: “We’re very lucky to have such great volunteers, and Andrea really is a shining example of this.

“We nominated her because of all the work and dedication she has shown for more than a decade. Without our volunteers like Andrea, Home-Start would not be able to exist and make the huge difference it does.”

Home-Start Slough helps parents, with at least one child under five, who are suffering from stress and difficulties ranging from mental health issues, physical or mental disability, financial deprivation, family breakdown, single parenting, multiple births, abuse, neglect or isolation.

Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do, providing practical help, emotional support, friendship and fun to parents who are struggling to cope and who aren’t getting the help they need.

If families crumble, communities disintegrate and children suffer. That’s why our volunteers work with parents at home to help them cope with the stresses and strains of parenthood so they can be stronger and their children can be happier.

The charity helps anyone, regardless of background, and at present, there are up to 100 families waiting for vital help.

To donate, please go to www.localgiving.com/homestartslough. To ask about volunteering, please call 01628 661029.

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For more press information, please contact Samantha Daynes on 01628 661029.