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How Home-Start helped Angela

We were delighted to welcome around 40 volunteers, friends and invited guests to our 24th AGM. Although 2016-17 had not been the easiest of years, with a great deal of uncertainty surrounding our funding during the early part of the year and many external changes affecting referrals throughout the year, HomeStart Bracknell Forest has emerged stronger. We now have a wider range of links to the community in place and new partnerships are gradually being formed. The message was certainly one of greater optimism than we felt this time last year.

During the meeting we heard about the fantastic contributions made by our sponsored fundraisers, the growing awareness of our work by corporate donors and the work done by our trusts and grants fundraiser. Most importantly, however, was the contribution to our work made by all our volunteers – trustees, homevisiting, office, group, IT, photography and events – for the benefit of the families we support.

Our speaker this year was Angela Moore, who told us about her amazing journey from 0-6 children in the space of a few short years. When her triplets arrived the support of her Home-Start volunteer, Anne, had been invaluable. Most of us can only marvel at how anyone copes with 3 small babies, along with 3 older children but Anne certainly has more of an idea than most after supporting Angela and her family for nearly 2 years!

Bracknell Forest Mayor, Cllr Tina McKenzie-Boyle rounded the meeting off by presenting certificates to some of our fundraisers and to our volunteers.

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