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Greenoak is Woking’s Greenest Managing Agent

Nominated Recycling hero Greenoak Housing Association was presented with a golden wheely-bin award at the first Woking Borough Council’s Recycle for Woking Awards held earlier in July at the HG Wells Conference and Events Centre in Woking.  Stephanie Harris, Housing and Support Manager at Greenoak accepted the prize, contending with finalists Consort Property Management and GCS Property Management.

The awards run in partnership with WBC’s recycling roadshow ‘Recycle for Woking Week’ and its year-long ‘Everyday Heroes’ campaign to highlight the ongoing battle against everyday waste which can be saved from expensive landfill sites. The awards recognised the hard work of a number of individuals and teams across the borough that go the extra mile when it comes to being green.

Ms Harris explained that Greenoak undertook a significant revaluation of its disposal services. By working closely with the council, they installed new coloured bins, signage and adapted processes to fit in with the needs of residents at individual schemes, aiming to make recycling more user friendly and easier to achieve. She said: ‘The residents are happier and even keener to be more environmentally friendly. We are thrilled to receive his award, it’s nice to be recognised. Green is the game and it’s just the beginning of our partnership with the recycling team at the Council.’

Mark Tabner, the borough council contracts and project support manager, gave a presentation packed with recycling statistics from the borough and county, including that Woking is 13th out of 352 local authorities in terms of recycling. Praising the nominees for the awards, Mr Tabner said: ‘We are in a room full of Heroes. I want to say thank you and I hope you continue to encourage others to do the same. We have got to get the message out and encourage more people to recycle more.

Woking mobility gets more mobile with help from Greenoak

Woking ShopMobility has received a helping hand from Greenoak Housing Association who have donated two new Invacare Colibri scooters. Diana Kingdon, CEO of Greenoak said: “We have over 150 retirement flats and 100 other tenants in Woking. We are delighted to support this fantastic scheme which helps people with mobility problems have full access to Woking Centre facilities.”

Greenoak’s tenants Mr and Mrs Hubbard from Goldsworth Park joined the presentation. Mrs Hubbard who has been involved with Woking ShopMobility since it opened in Woking in 1989 said: “I’ve been with them from the start, and because of a spinal injury use their facilities at least once a week. Their scooters are very popular and beneficial to everyone that uses them.”

The new compact portable equipment are more convenient and are transportable, adding to Shop Mobility’s growing fleet of wheelchairs, scooters and power chairs. They allow freedom and independence for people who have short or long term disabilities or illnesses and are unable to get around without assistance.  

ShopMobility Chairman, Pat Maguire said: “We are so delighted to accept these two scooters provided by our sponsors Greenoak Housing association, I'm sure they will give much enjoyment to those who use our facilities!"

Greenoak's Bond Success

Greenoak Housing has joined 8 other social landlords to raise funds to finance housing on the bond market through The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC). It has achieved a near record rate of 4.50% fixed for 30 years. Demand from investors was intense with the bond initially between three and four times over-subscribed. This funding will enable Greenoak to provide more truly affordable houses for rent for local families in Woking.

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