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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. 

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

Maria Lima of Liaise Women’s Centre
Jon Andrews of Radio Wey
Karen Perryer of Surrey Wheels for All
Linda Coles of Send Family Link

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

The Winner was George Dixon of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices

The runner up was another very special young volunteer, Ben Cheetham of Surrey Wheels for All.

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.