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Woking Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018

We are launching our forth Volunteer of the Year Awards competition this month to find and celebrate Woking’s extra special unsung heroes. These awards recognise the fantastic contributions so many volunteers make to people’s lives in Woking Borough.

The ‘Woking Volunteer of the Year’ and ‘Woking Young Volunteer of the Year’ Awards will be presented at the WWF’s Living Planet Centre, Brewery Road, Woking on 13 July. 

The Winners will receive cheques of £2,500 and £1,000 respectively for their charities as well as a personal gift, and runners up will also receive cheques of £500 for their organisations. Every charity that enters will have the opportunity to set up an exhibition and network with peers on the WWF’s stunning balcony.

Nominate for Volunteer of the Year here!

Nominate for Young Volunteer of the here!

Deadline for nominations is 18 June. Please read our Guidance Notes to familarise yourself with the rules of the competition and review the nomination forms before submitting.  Please note that once you have started a nomination form you will be NOT be able to save it and return to it later.

We look forward to recieveing your nominations!!

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.