latest news

apprentices-small Greenoak Welcomes it's newest members of Staff

Our Housing Services Department is pleased to welcome two new apprentices to their team. Jessica Rios is working towards her L2 Business administration in the office, and Toby Evans has just begun his L1 Carpentry course and is shadowing members of the Greenteam. We say farewell to Marcus Edwards, our first apprentice, who has accepted an offer with a local plumping firm. We wish him the very best of luck and the greatest success

We also said a heartfelt goodbye to Julie Kingshott, who after 30 years with the company retired as Finance Manager at the end of October. Staff and Board surprised her with a small farewell reception at Apollo lounge, which was also attended by her husband and three daughters. We all extend our best wishes to Julie as she takes a long and much-deserved vacation.

Julie has passed the torch to Jayne Edmunds, who was appointed as Finance Manager from October. Jayne brings over 20 years of financial experience to the company. We are all very excited to have her join the Greenoak family.


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.

Greenoak Housing is a leader in environmental sustainability and has won national awards for its innovative green homes. They are highly energy efficient so tenants have very low heating and hot water bills. Greenoak's next housing scheme will be to passivhaus standard with the highest levels of sustainability including accessible, flexible and healthy homes as well as some of the lowest energy needs in the country.


Join us on Facebook and Twitter

Join the conversation! Greenoak is now on Twitter and Facebook!
Like, join, follow, share, post and learn more about our activities, informative updates, and new uploads. We look forward to your comments, feedback, and links.
• Follow us on Twitter @GreenoakHA
• Or 'Like' our Facebook page. Find us by searching for 'Greenoak Housing Association'


Greenoak Welcomes New Board members


We are delighted to welcome three new members to the Greenoak Board.

Ms Ruth Trown has 24 years of housing management experience, and is currently Director and Consultant for Destin Solutions, a consultancy firm who work with Local Authorities & Housing Associations to improve performance.

Mr Ian Bates is a retired Financial Director and Accountant who has worked within Financial Services for over 20 years, his most recent role was Head of Finance within the National Housing Federation.

Ms Tania Correia has returned to the Board after some time away. Tania is a solicitor and has worked in private practice for over 10 years. She was most recently employed as a Solicitor at Elmbridge Borough Council, and dealt with all aspects of Local Government law including housing and planning.

Following our AGM in October, Mr Kotani, Ms Phillips and Mr Thorn retired in accordance with company policy from the Board. We thank them for their services and contributions to the Company which has benefitted immensely from their invaluable experience.


Raglan and Greenoak growing in Woking

Greenoak, with partner Raglan Housing Association has successfully bid to take over 92 social housing family homes in Woking, Surrey from Places for People Housing Association - expanding Greenoak's property portfolio in Woking to over 400 homes.

The properties, all two to four bedroom houses will be locally managed by Greenoak. We plan to improve the sustainability and energy efficiency of the properties and will carry out an initial eco audit. We will also provide a Green Doctor service to tenants to address fuel poverty and help to reduce fuel bills. Repairs and planned works will be carried out by our direct labour team.

Diana Kingdon, Chief Executive of Greenoak said: "The agreement to manage these homes on behalf of Raglan is reflection of our shared values and of Greenoak's reputation as leaders in sustainable housing. We are committed to providing excellent service to residents and a key element of our business strategy is based around partnering with like-minded organisations."

Raglan's Chief Executive, Nick Harris said he's delighted to be adding the Woking homes to Raglan's portfolio: "Our ambition is be one of the UK's leading social landlords, putting people at the heart of everything we do. These are good quality homes, which will be sustainably managed by Greenoak. By working together we can deliver value and efficiency, which will benefit our respective organisations and residents alike."



New Sustainability Team for Greenoak Housing

sustainability-team2 
Two environmental specialists are joining Greenoak to head up our new Sustainability Resource Centre providing us and partner associations with practical advice on reducing the carbon impact of new and existing homes and on sustainable living.

Jason Hawkes heads up Greenoak’s team supported by Mirjam Lytton-Lange. Jason has a wealth of practical experience and until recently taught on the MSc course at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Mirjam is a qualified energy assessor with an MSc Architecture: Advanced Environment and Energy Studies.

Greenoak is to set up a Green Doctor service, to work with tenants to tackle fuel poverty and encourage more sustainable living.

Greenoak Housing based in Woking, Surrey, is a leader in environmental sustainability and has won national awards for sustainability and for its innovative green homes.


New Chair for Greenoak 

dee-seated

Dee O'Neill takes over as Chair from Bryn Edwards who has completed his three year term of office. Dee is currently Business Development Manager for Wates Living Space, the affordable housing division of the company, with responsibility for managing a number of large multi million pound strategic accounts. She has a strong sales and marketing background and a wealth of experience in design, development, major regeneration works and retrofit through her construction background. Dee is a board member of Probus Womens Housing Society. She is also a founding member of Women In Social Housing (WISH) and Solent Ladies in Construction (SLinC), both of which aim to support women in the industry and encourage and promote young women into construction. Dee is also a volunteer with the Cinnamon Trust, which supports older people caring for their animals.

Dee who joined the Greenoak Board three years ago said ‘I've been very impressed with Greenoak and am thrilled to take on this role. Social Housing is an issue that is very close to my heart. I am looking forward to my new role and the rewards we can bring to our residents and the local community. These are challenging times as we come out of recession, however they are also exciting times as we use this opportunity to develop and improve the service we deliver to our residents”.


Retrofit scheme – Affordable warmth for existing homes


As well as pioneering eco-friendly new homes which provide excellent energy efficiency, space standards and daylighting, Greenoak has been working to improve the liveability for tenants and leaseholders of existing properties.

Our approach, as with the new-build greenhomes, is to prioritise improvements to the buildings which work passively or automatically, without the need for lots of technology that can be a problem for residents to use.

We have improved the level of insulation in cavity walls and roofs, upgrading to energy efficient heating systems and fitting high performance windows. These measures allow residents to enjoy improved thermal comfort at lower cost. This year we have embarked on a pilot retrofit to achieve higher levels of energy efficiency in relatively hard to heat homes at The Timbers. This includes a complete upgrading of the building fabric to radically reduce heat loss and unwanted draughts as well as a full internal refit. This will reduce carbon emissions by over 60% whilst also providing a better indoor environment with more natural light and a good level of controlled ventilation using heat recovery. The initial scheme will be evaluated and the lessons learned will be applied to the remaining stock in the coming years as we seek to achieve the national target of 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

timbers


Greenoak donates £5K to Woking YMCA


Woking YMCA is delighted to announce that Greenoak Housing Association has given a £5000 award to further Woking YMCA's exceptional work with helping young people build a future.

Diana Kingdon, Greenoak's Chief Executive recently visited Woking YMCA's new Grove Court Project for young people and met some of the residents. Diana heard news that for some, this proved to be the first settled home for some time.  They have access to support and training at the YPod in Woking and one had recently been supported into work.  Diana said 'Greenoak also plans to encourage some of the local housing providers to provide move on housing for young people when they are ready and no longer need support.  This will be important to enable other young people in need to be safely housed.

In addition to the Housing project, Woking YMCA runs a Children's Centre, Counselling Service, and Alternative Education Programme.  Their many other exciting projects include a recording studio, act as a Gig venue and the centre provides a safe, chilled out environment.

'Greenoak and Woking YMCA have been partners for many years; and both believe in helping young people in a holistic and co-ordinated approach.  Good partnerships like this bring great social lift to the whole of Woking, community and society" said Terry Eckersley, CEO of Woking YMCA.  'We both believe in excellence and helping people in need. The National Youth Agency used the Woking YMCA as one of four case study centres in the UK they deemed world class, 21st Century and involved partners and young people in excellent provision!