latest sponsorship

Cornerhouse

CornerHouse is a charity offering emotional and wellbeing support in Woking, Runnymede and Spelthorne. Their groups support people aged 18+ who are dealing with a wide range of mental health issues such as depression & postnatal depression, anxiety, carers support groups, eating disorders and social isolation. They run regular mindfulness sessions, a Young Persons Group (18-25) and Walking for Health group walks, promoting emotional and physical wellbeing. They also offer a safe, calm, and friendly welcome for people and carers in need of 1 on 1 emotional and mental health support in the form of their cafe style drop-in centre, Woking Safe Haven, which is available out of hours for crisis support.

Greenoak Community Focus recently sponsored £1,000 towards the charity with particular interest in aiding the Young Persons Groups.  The groups are activity focused, and experiment with different ways to learn how to manage their mental health, build confidence, relax, and encorage interaction by offering a chance to be involved with new activities with the support of others while encouraging ways of connecting with the local community.  Greenoak look forward to hearing about their activities in the near future!

 

Spotlight on SMEF

Greenoak Community Focus welcomed Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum's (SMEF) Executive Director, Suzanne Akram and Project Co-ordinator, Krisztina Koch as speakers to their recent Board meeting.  Thier passion and commitment to unity and awareness moved the GCF Members, and a donation of £2,000 was pledged to help the charity continue its fantastic work in the Woking community.  Ms Akram said that "this donation has come at a time when we are battling for a continued presence in Surrey, this will enable us to continue our work with renewed vigour".

SMEF is a community organisation that seeks to serve ethnic minority communities living in Surrey and its surrounding borders.  It provides a neutral space where people of diverse cultures, histories and ethnicities come together to interact, articulate and find solutions to the common economic and social challenges they face living in Britain today. They raise awareness and generate community projects for various services focusing on youth mental health, general health, low education, older people, domestic violence, drug and alcohol dependency, employment and segregated communities.

Visit SMEFs webiste here to find out how you can be involved

Funding Freshstart

Fresh Start is a community initiative which offers skills training to homeless clients whilst also giving something back to the community. The Charity runs community projects designed to support train and integrate homeless and long term unemployed team members by socialising, teaching new skills, and finally getting them back into employment. Fresh Start began by refurbishing disadvantaged family's homes and helping charities with refurbishing their accommodation.

In December 2015 they were awarded a contract by Woking BC and DWP to help the long term unemployed to get back into work through a grounds refurbishment program at Brookwood Cemetery’s 230 acre site. They have since cleared 60 acres and will be continuing the site project for a further 12 months. They have been successful in getting six of their team into full time work.

Mark Richmond, Freshstart Director, visited Greenoak in February to show members the invaluable work the charity was achieving, and was "over the moon" with a donation of £2,000 towards the team.  The money will be spent on a new shelter, as the team work outdoors in all elements for the majority of the day, and for more equiptment to enable new members.

Visit Fresh Starts website here and see what they are doing in the Woking Community