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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 


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!