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Greenoak’s 2017 Woking Volunteer of the Year Awards

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Greenoak’s 2017 Woking Volunteer of the Year Awards event was held on Thursday 6 July at The WWF Living Planet Centre, Brewery Rd, Woking celebrating some 15 years of Greenoak’s charitable work in Woking Borough. It gave tribute to the incredible volunteers in Woking. Through these awards alone, Greenoak Housing Association and Greenoak Community Focus have contributed some £20,000 to local charities, to recognise and help support their valuable services.

The Mayor of Woking, Cllr Graham Cundy opened the proceedings. There were around 20 online entries for the Award of ‘Woking Volunteer of the Year’. The nominations highlighted the great support and contributions that thousands of volunteers make to people in Woking every day.
There was an additional Award this year, ‘Woking Special Volunteer of the Year for long service’ after seeing some volunteers have provided support for decades well into their 80s.

The awards were presented by Lady Gill Baker, Chair of Greenoak Community Focus and Jonathan Lord, Woking’s MP at an ‘Oscars’ style ceremony at WWF’s iconic Living Planet Centre.

First prize went to Betty Rhodes, with £2500 going to her Charity Send Family Link

Runners up who each won £500 for their Charities were:
Bev & Barry Ames from Woking Phab
Naomi Dabney from Girlguiding UK Pyrfords Wey District
Jane Hadden-Wight from Quest RDA
Shahdia Shafiq from Liaise Women's Centre
Danny Bailey from Phoenix Cultural Centre

The special longest serving volunteer award was presented to Jenny Height, and a prize of £1000 was provided to Woking CAB.

The Mayor, Cllr Cundy said ‘ We are blessed with a vibrant sector of voluntary organisations, charities and faith groups who do so much to support local people, much of it behind the scenes. Society could not get by without them. Many congratulations to the Winners and Runners Up.’ He then thanked Greenoak Community Focus for their charitable work and for hosting the event paying tribute to Greenoak Housing Association for providing affordable housing in the Borough for over 40 years.

Winners and Runners Up are included in the commemorative booklet.  Download it here!

You can also listen to Jon Andrew's Radio Wey feature on the event here!

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.

Getting more green with Greenoak Housing

  • At the same time as world leaders were meeting for New York's Climate Summit, over 50 delegates met in Woking, for 'Greener homes: People and Energy'. Hosted by Greenoak based in Woking and Sustainable Homes, attendees included representatives of housing providers, local authorities and government agencies, and where better to hold it than at the WWF's iconic Living Planet Centre in Woking.

    Also, launched at the United Nations in Geneva last week, WWF published its Living Planet Report. In it, it warns that the world is struggling to sustain the demands of modern society mostly because of carbon emissions and that the world is living beyond its means.

    Karen Gravestock, a Director of WWF UK' described the concept and construction of the new BREEAM outstanding headquarters only recently completed. Speakers then gave examples of highly sustainable house building including Greenoak's first 'greenhomes' development in Sheerwater, Woking, which achieved ecohomes excellent nearly 10 years ago.

    Diana Kingdon, CEO of Greenoak said: "This event received a great response with delegates coming from as far afield as Norwich and Bristol. We invited Sustainable Homes Ltd to join us as they lead the sustainability agenda in the housing sector, encouraging reduced carbon and energy use. Various other speakers from industry, housing providers and specialists helped challenge us all to play our part in achieving real sustainability in our businesses and communities, and through encouraging people to live more sustainable lives. "

    Sustainable Homes launched its National Energy Study. This Part One report monitored energy use of over 500 homes involving 14 housing associations. It focuses on the participants, their knowledge and understanding of energy and their bills, also which agencies might be best placed to give them advice.

    There followed a demonstration of how housing providers can help tenants reduce their energy consumption and costs through one to one visits, as demonstrated by First Wessex Housing Association and Greenoak's Green Doctor Services. The afternoon ended with a guided tour of WWF's impressive building alongside the canal, where it has achieved a harmonious link to its surroundings and the wildlife around the site.