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Woking Hospices New Build Donation

Woking and Sam Beare Hospice have begun the exciting journey of merging their in-patient and day care services and will be opening their new hospice building in the Spring. Their new hospice will allow their staff to deliver everything patients need and will allow them to dramatically improve their service for the community. The new In-Patient Unit will have 20 purpose built, private, en-suite bedrooms with family accommodation in each room, which means that, for the first time, families will be able to stay with their loved ones as long as they wish. There will be a new Wellbeing Centre where even more patients can receive a wider range of physiotherapies, complementary therapies, specialised bathing facilities and clinical support and advice, as well as benefiting from meeting others.

Greenoak Community Focus have donated £4,000 towards the hospice's Nurses Wishlist Appeal , which has helped to fund the purchase of powered reclining chairs, sofa bed, over bed tables, personal fridges and visitors chairs, and other specialist furnishing for their new state-of-the-art bedrooms to make them the very best they can possibly be for the Hopsice's patients and their families.  

See how the New build is progressing and see how you can help here.



Jigsaw Donation

Jigsaw is a local project based at The Lighthouse in central Woking, helping families in need, with a focus on pre-schoolers.  It has been running since 2006, and has established itself as a highly regarded service by the frontline social and healthcare agencies. 

The charity comes alongside families experiencing poverty, fleeing abusive situations, seeking refuge, and in crisis, by providing free good quality pre-owned clothing, equipment and toys for their pre-school children. These families are referred by social services, health visitors, women's refuges, probation services, refugee services, etc. It is run by a dedicated team of volunteers and our stock is generously supplied by donations from the community passing on their pre-loved items.

Greenoak Community Focus recently donted £500 to contribute towards the co-ordination costs of the project, Director of the Lighthouse, Erik Jespersson said that they "really appreciate Greenoak's support!"

Visit Jigsaw's website here to find out more!


Woking Volunteer Awards 2016 - WINNERS

This second year Awards event celebrated over 10 years of Greenoak Community Focus’ charitable work, and especially the incredible volunteers who provide so much needed support to people in Woking. These awards alone have contributed over £18,000 to local charities.

It was a great competition with 25 entries for the Awards of ‘Woking Volunteer of the Year’ and ‘Woking Young Volunteer of the Year’ which were made online.

The Awards were presented at an ‘Oscars’ style ceremony at WWF’s iconic Living Planet Centre. Each charity set up an exhibition illustrating their work and this proved helpful for peer to peer networking. Attended by some 70 volunteers, there was loud cheering for the Winners and Runners up as they stepped up to receive their awards.

The Mayor paid tribute to the charitable work of Greenoak and to the army of volunteers in Woking who are the bedrock of the community. Robert Mills, Board Member read out the citations and each recipient addressed the attendees. It was so amazing, to see the diversity of the volunteers and their charities, as well as the extraordinary commitment of so many including those who give their time freely behind the scenes.

The winners and runners up received awards of between £2,500 and £500 for their charity plus a personal gift each.

Woking Volunteer of the Year

The Winner was Armindo Lago who received a cheque for £2,500 for AGE Concern, Woking. He has been a volunteer 'friend' for over 8 years and is always happy to visit clients that Age Concern would otherwise find hard to place, either because of physical or mental conditions. For example, for nearly six years he 'befriended' a man in his 80s with no relatives who had suffered several strokes and was wheelchair bound with little use of his hands and arms. Armindo was very creative and he thought up versions of board games that the two of them could play together. He visited and supported him on his frequent hospital stays and kept the charity informed. Armindo is now a friend to two further clients. He always helps out at Age Concern’s bi-annual events, often arriving with a car full of excited clients he has picked up en route. He has an infectious smile and Age Concern knows they can call on him at any time for help.

The runners up were all extraordinary volunteers and each received £500 for their charities. They were:

Maria Lima of Liaise Women’s Centre
Maria is an artist and a truly inspirational person. She teaches both women and children art to people who attend Liaise Women’s Centre. Maria runs the art classes during the week and weekends. The women are from diverse backgrounds and many have suffered domestic abuse or experienced personal tragedies in their lives.

Jon Andrews of Radio Wey
Jon has two radio shows on Radio Wey, a hospital and community radio station based at Ashford and St Peter's hospital and the surrounding area and on Sundays, Jon has a big request show where he goes around nominated wards at both hospitals and collects requests from hospital patients. He even interviews and records some patients to play on the radio.

Karen Perryer of Surrey Wheels for All
Surrey Wheels for All is part of a national charity called Cycling Projects. Their aim is to provide inclusive cycling in a safe environment for children and adults with special needs. They have a fleet of specialist trikes and companion bikes at the Athletics track in Sheerwater. Carol is a member of their Sunday volunteer team. She has had great success with children with physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy. The trikes help improve muscle tone, coordination and fitness. The charity has many children with autism who attend, so patience and calmness is needed. Carol has both.

Linda Coles of Send Family Link
Linda has volunteered with Send Family Link since 1994 serving refreshments to visitors in the tea bar at the Women’s prison in Send. Send Family Link provides services for families visiting women in custody at HMP Send, with a particular focus on children with a mother in prison. Linda always greets visitors with a smile and is a regular friendly face behind the tea bar. To volunteer for 22 years in a prison is a great achievement.

The Awards were then announced for Woking Young Volunteer of the Year

The Winner was George Dixon of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices
George, aged 18, is an extraordinary and well deserving winner. He was initially himself supported by Tommy D (a bereavement support group for young people aged 12-18) and then became a volunteer. He is a supportive lead member of the other young people attending, and is a charming and charismatic lead member of the group, showing great maturity and empathy especially with the younger members.
George was instrumental in the hospice starting a new group (Tommy D+) aimed supporting those members that have turned 18 and will be ‘mentoring’ this group moving forward. He has now been a lead member of the Tommy D bereavement Group for over two and a half years on a monthly basis and his commitment has been fantastic missing very few sessions. In the group George helps support up to 16 young people in talking about their experiences and ways each member has found to cope with their bereavement and other aspects of their lives.

The runner up was another very special young volunteer, Ben Cheetham of Surrey Wheels for All.
Ben is the youngest member of the team at Surrey Wheels for All, part of a national charity called Cycling Projects. After cycling with the charity, Ben asked if he could continue by volunteering on Sunday afternoons. Lots of the children enjoy cycling with him and he has been very successful in helping those with learning difficulties move onto two wheels. He said that the look of achievement on child's face, and their parents when their child pedals for the first time, is very special.
The Young Volunteers each received gifts as well as awards for their charities of £1,000 for the winner and £500 for the runner up.