Home-Start Volunteer wins award

A Home-Start Slough volunteer has won the prestigious Slough Voluntary Sector award for her dedication to a local family charity.

A Home-Start Slough volunteer has won the prestigious Slough Voluntary Sector award for her dedication to a local family charity.

Kerry with her award.

Kerry with her award.

Kerry Kipping, aged 55, Cippenham, Slough who has been a volunteer for Home-Start Slough (HSS) for seven years, found out she had won the award at an event held by Slough Council for Voluntary Services on Friday, November 14 at Marriott Hotel.The committed volunteer, who has four children, has dedicated the last 18 years to voluntary work in Slough, and has supported seven families at HSS, visiting them each week and supporting them in many ways.

Out of the families Kerry has helped, four of these have had children on the at-risk-register and she has been instrumental in de-escalating children off this child protection plan through her support to the families.

Janine Edwards, scheme manager for Home-Start Slough said: “We are so pleased that Kerry has been given this award, which she really deserves. She has gone over and above her role in many ways, such as assisting another mum who was suffering from extreme domestic violence.

Kerry receiving her award with the Mayor of Slough.

Kerry receiving her award with the Mayor of Slough.

“Kerry accompanied the mum to the solicitor and helped organise an injunction, she also sorted out the family’s benefits and ensured the home was suitable for the traumatised children to return to. In short, Kerry is exceptional in all the support she gives to changing lives for children and families at Home-Start.”

Kerry also participates in training our new volunteers and is also a key volunteer at HSS’ family support group once a week, where she provides advice and support to around 45 mums through the year.Kerry added: “I was happy that I was nominated, but to win the award has been fantastic. The work that HSS does, and the chance I have to help and support people to change their lives, is amazing.

“No one should have to suffer alone, and if I can make a difference to just one family in Slough, then I will continue to volunteer.”

Currently in addition to HSS, Kerry acts as a volunteer at her local church and is about to volunteer again in home care for mentally and disabled adults.