Mayor and MP attend successful charity AGM

Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart and The Worshipful the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Balvinder S. Bains, attended Home-Start Slough & Burnham’s 17th AGM on Friday, October 18.

The successful meeting was attended by volunteers, families who have been supported and trustees and friends of the charity. Fiona gave a speech about the charity, which she has been a patron of since 1996.

Mayor of Slough

Mayor of Slough at AGM

The AGM covered the importance of the work our volunteers do to support families and the urgent need to raise more funds to keep the charity going and continue its vital work.

In the annual report which was discussed at the meeting, staggering figures showed just how important the work of Home-Start Slough & Burnham is.

When families were asked about how the charity and volunteers helped, 100 per cent stated we helped them:

  • with their children’s behaviour
  • with their child’s development
  • to cope with physical health
  • to cope with mental health
  • with their self esteem
  • with their child’s physical health
  • with their child’s mental health
  • with the day-today running of their home
  • to cope with multiple children
  • find specific services.

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, for whatever reason, 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.

At the moment, the charity is part of localgiving.com’s Grow your tenner campaign, where they will match up to the value of £10 for all donations received. You don’t have to donate a full £10 – every donation given helps us continue our work.  To donate, please go to www.localgiving.com/homestartslough.