Kay Elliot, who has been a volunteer with HSS for 15 years, received her award during a ceremony at The South Buckinghamshire Golf Course in Stoke Poges on March 26, 2014.
During her time with HSS, Kay has supported 14 families and provided support for 52 children. She has even been known to drive up to North London to provide extra support for one of her family’s when they were forced to leave Slough due to domestic violence.
Not only does Kay volunteer for HSS, but she also volunteers for a local school, the local health centre and works two days a week.
Janine Edwards, scheme manager for Home-Start Slough, said: “We are thrilled to have nominated Kay and for her to have won. She’s had a tremendous impact on the families she has supported.
“Kay has accompanied isolated mothers with children with special needs to information events and attended school meetings with parents when they have felt unable to deal with the difficult relationships between school, pupil and parent.
“She is special because she puts so much effort into supporting parents. Without volunteers like Kay, we wouldn’t be able to continue supporting families in need.”
Kay Elliot added: “I am delighted to have been nominated and to have won this award. It means a great deal to me.
“Volunteering not only makes a difference to those people we help, but also to the person volunteering. I still keep in touch with many of the families I’ve helped and find it wonderful to see them becoming stronger and moving in a positive way in their lives.”
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.