Makeover team help struggling Belper family

Tennant Vicki Dukes had help from the staff of the Halifax to decorate her rooms.'L/R: Michelle Berry, Vicki Dukes, Hannah Gallagher, Charlotte Malkin.
Tennant Vicki Dukes had help from the staff of the Halifax to decorate her rooms.'L/R: Michelle Berry, Vicki Dukes, Hannah Gallagher, Charlotte Malkin.
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Bank staff have swapped their desks for decorating to help a family in crisis.

Staff from Halifax branches in Amber Valley came together to help a young family feel more at home.

Lloyds Banking Group, which owns Halifax, has teamed up with Home-Start UK, a volunteer organisation that supports struggling families.

And on Monday a dedicated team of branch staff from across the borough picked up paintbrushes and gardening tools to help a Belper family.

Answering a call for help from Home-Start Amber Valley, the team set to work at a home in the Parks Estate, where Vicki Dukes lives with her three-year-old son Kenzie who suffers from hypermobility - meaning he has balance and walking problems.

Her garden was also a problem and required making safe for Kenzie to play.

Fencing was put up in the garden, and weeds and shrubs were cleared to make it a safe play area for the children.

Vicki and her family are supported by Home-Start volunteers for two hours a week - who provide a befriending service to help struggling families and give emotional support.

Barbara Denison, from Home-Start Amber Valley, said: “Vicki values the support from her volunteer from Home-Start Amber Valley and is really delighted to have the help from the Halifax makeover team to make life easier at home for her and her son.

“Amber ValleyHome-Start believe this is a great opportunity to use our services to help local families with children under five.”

The partnership between Amber Valley Home-Start and Halifax began in Yorkshire during 2012, when 70 Halifax colleagues volunteered to makeover six homes for young families.

This year, the scheme has been extended to cover the whole of the UK and aims to help 100 Home-Start families across the country.

Four families in total will benefit across the Derbyshire area.