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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.

The Woking Mayor’s Picture a Story Awards

Greenoak Community Focus provided £25 worth of book vouchers to each of the ten winners of the Woking Mayor’s unique reading competition ‘Picture a Story’.

Each week since March, Derek McCrum read a short story on Radio Woking, based at The Winston Churchill School, which was available to download as a podcast, and invited children aged between seven and nine years old to draw or paint a picture inspired by the story. Parents were then asked to capture the picture and send it to the Mayor by email.

Every week he chose the three best entries, which were published in the News & Mail. A winners party was held in May in the Hilton DoubleTree in Woking where Greenoak’s Housing Manager presented the prizes to the delighted winners.

The competition was supported by the charity Let’s Read, which provides schools with professionally trained volunteers who offer one-on-one help to children who have reading difficulties.

Mr McCrum, whose term as Mayor came to an end on 19 May, said: “I’d like to congratulate not only the winners, but everyone who took the time to discover their creativity, and of course recognise the support local businesses have shown. It is truly astonishing and shows just what can be achieved.”

Funding for Woking First Responder

Greenoak have sponsored Chris Rumsey to help complete his training to be a Woking First Responder.

The Woking Community First Responders are an award winning team of volunteers who are trained to respond to medical emergency calls through the 999 system, in conjunction with the Ambulance Service. Based within the community of Woking, they are able to attend the scene of an emergency in a very short time, often within the first few minutes and ahead of the Ambulance. The First Responder can then begin vital life-saving treatment, further increasing the patient’s chance of survival. Since its inception in 2009, the team has attended over 2,500 medical emergencies in Woking, including incidents such as cardiac arrests, heart attacks, strokes and seizures.

Greenoak previously sponsored a new First Responder back in 2010. Woking Team Leader Simon Ramm said, “The Greenoak Housing Association have been a strong supporter of our team for many years now. Our scheme is run on an entirely voluntary basis and so relies on generous donations like these to function. Back in January this year, a defibrillator that was earlier sponsored by Greenoak was used to successfully resuscitate an elderly male in Woking who suffered a cardiac arrest – the equipment was literally a lifesaver! Greenoak’s sponsorship of Chris will enable our team to increase our coverage in Woking, helping us to assist more residents who are in need”.

Chris Rumsey lives in Goldsworth Park in Woking and has been training for the role since last November. He passed his second round of assessments in April 2016, becoming qualified to attend emergency incidents as a solo First Responder. He was immediately issued with his new equipment and has since provided 55 hours of on-call cover, attending 11 emergency incidents to date.