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Woking Volunteer of the Year Awards 

Greenoak celebrated over 10 years of charitable work in Woking Borough with an Awards ceremony in July, bringing to the forefront the incredible volunteers and voluntary groups who provide so much needed support to people in Woking. These awards have contributed over £8,000 to local charities to recognise and help support their valuable services.

There were around 20 online entries for the Awards of 'Woking Volunteer of the Year' and 'Woking Volunteer Team of the Year' and they revealed the great contributions of so many volunteers to local people and to Woking.

Presented by Gill Baker, Chair of Greenoak Community Focus and Cllr Anne Roberts, the 'Oscars' style ceremony was held at WWF's iconic Living Planet Centre on 24 July. Attended by some 70 volunteers, there was loud cheering for the Winners and Runners up as they stepped up to receive their awards.

The Woking Volunteer of the Year Award Winner was Anne O'Neill of Arthritis Care, Woking and runners up were Rowena Vale of The York Road Project and Connor Maher of Woking Community First Responders

The Woking Volunteer Team of the Year Award Winner was Woking Street Angels and runners up were Surrey Peer Education Project and 1st Goldsworth Park Scout Group.

The judges were so impressed with one of the Volunteers that Greenoak decided to add a further award.

The Special Young Volunteer of the Year award went to Luke Clark who was exceptional and such a great model for other young people. He received £50 each for himself and the charity, and a cinema voucher for him and his foster brother.

Each charity had set up an exhibition illustrating their work and this proved helpful for peer to peer networking and finding opportunities for mutual assistance.

 

Year 2012 - 2013

During 2012, Greenoak Community Focus funded over £4k to numerous organisations which included Surrey Welfare Rights, Counsel & Care, Guildford Action, CAB, Surestart and Woking Community Furniture Project, as well as several smaller charities such as Grandparents Plus, Birmingham Hospital, School Home Support and the Bupa Great South Run who have also received donations. Out of this figure, over £2000 has been provided for residents activities, Puffin children's book club and computer access and training with great outcomes. 

GCF additionally allocated significant funding towards our research into fuel poverty, with plans to provide training for our staff in the Green Doctor programme. With this initiative we hope to establish which of our residents are affected by soaring energy costs and help them to take action and make changes to improve their liveability and reduce their outgoings.

Along side this we continue to fund the training of our apprentices and are also planning to set up hardship support in 2013, which would provide one off grants to tenants who fall into financial difficulties and are struggling on welfare benefits or are in need of living essentials


GCF Gifts IPads to Freemantles School

An excited group of children at Freemantles School, Woking were presented with iPads to help them with communication skills by Gill Baker, Chair of Greenoak Community Focus which supports many community projects in Woking.

Freemantles School combines a primary and secondary school, and its a special school catering for the needs of pupils with autism.  They range from 4 to 19 year, and there are currently 100 male and 25 female students.  They are assessed and must be referred by the Council before being able to gain a place at the school.

The school helps pupils to develop their independence, and understand the importance of developing social and interactive life skills to help prepare them for their future lives after leaving school.

The head teacher, Mr Justin Price also said that they were raising funds for a horticulture and farm environment within the school, to provide vocational learning opportunities and animal care.  They had received donations of rabbits and guinea pigs from local pet stores but needed more funds to support chickens and ducks and larger livestock such as pigs. They also own a tortoise but would like to include an indoor room for spiders, lizards and snakes.


Greenoak donates £5K to Woking YMCA


October 2011

We have recently given £5000 to further Woking YMCA’s exceptional work with helping young people build a future.