Greenoak Housing Association Volunteer of the year awards were held on Friday 15 July at the WWF Living Planet Centre in Woking. The awards recognise and celebrate the fantastic contribution that so many volunteers make to people’s lives in Woking Borough.
We had four of our amazing volunteers nominated Mary Lawrence and Andrea Glendenning for the Woking Volunteer of the Year award and Tim Nugent and Emily Betson for the Young Woking Volunteer of the year.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Tim Nugent-Young won the Young Volunteer of the Year. It is an amazing achievement for him and wonderful to have his work for the hospice recognised in this way he also won £1000 for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.
Emily Betson, Mary Lawrence, Andrea Glendenning also all received recognition awards each winning £100 for the hospice.
“Congratulations to Tim, Emily, Mary and Andrea we are so pleased that their contribution to the hospice has been recognised and awarded for their hard work and dedication to the charity” commented Gary Wood, Volunteer Services Manager “We have over 800 volunteers that are an integral part of our team and without the time and the skills they provide we cannot continue to deliver care to our patients, their families and carers”.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer you can find out more here
7th May 2019
Inspire Awards 2019
On Wednesday 1 May the Awards Ceremony took place for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices first ever Inspire Awards, in recognition of staff and volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their roles to inspire others.
Members of staff, volunteers, visitors, relatives, patients, carers and bank staff were invited to nominate a member of staff, volunteer or team who had inspired them.
The Inspire Award Panel made up of Jayne Cooper CEO, Liz Cussons, HR & Volunteer Services Director, Gary Wood, Volunteer Operations Manager, Marie Howse, SIG Member, Susan Gent, Trustee and Suzanne Rankin from Ashford & St Peters Hospital met to discuss the nominations and were overwhelmed by the fantastic comments and reasons for nominating.
“It has been an incredibly difficult job for the whole panel to choose the winners of these awards” commented Jayne cooper CEO “There were some amazing and very moving responses for the nominations that have been made for these really special awards”
The winners were
Employee Award who has gone above and beyond in their role – Jo Clements
Employee Award who has gone above and beyond to support a patient, relative member of staff or volunteer – Majella Slatery and Emma Hallett
Employee Awards for Quality, improvement and Patient Safety – Dawn Reeves-Turner
Counsellor of the Year Award – Claire Galt
Team Award- The Gardening Team
Volunteer Award who has gone above and beyond to fund raise for the hospice – Heidi Vinson
Volunteer Award who has gone above and beyond with their time to support the hospice – Andrew Smith in recognition of his time given as a fundraiser and Andrea Glendenning in recognition of her time given to the hospice
Best Young Volunteer of the year award – Tim Nugent-Young
The final award was the Inspire Special Recognition award that was voted for unanimously by the panel and was greeted by a huge cheer from all those attending which went to Nigel Slinger for his outstanding contribution to the hospice.
If you are interested in volunteering for us you can find out more here
22nd February 2019
Celebrating our Volunteers
On Thursday 21 February our fantastic volunteers were invited to join us at St Dunstans church in Woking. The evening was an opportunity for us to thank and acknowledge all the hard work and support our volunteers gift us with each year.
Jayne Cooper CEO, Rhod Lofting founder of Woking Hospice and Tim Stokes Chairman of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices where there to speak to the volunteers and thank them personally along with other members of staff.
“We currently have over 800 volunteers working in all sorts of roles some are at our retail outlets, gardening at the hospice, on reception even counting out the penny’s from collection boxes” commented Jayne Cooper “we are so grateful for all the time they give to us without them we could not continue to provide our care to the community”.
Everyone enjoyed tea, coffee, canapés and cakes and chance to meet with other volunteers and friends.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering and how you can support the hospice find out more here.
24th July 2018
Woking Volunteer of the Year Awards
We are delighted that one of our volunteers was recently nominated in the Woking Volunteer of the Year Awards, recognising the amazing contributions so many volunteers make to people’s lives in the Woking Borough.
Gill Doloughan has been working as a volunteer for us for the last 13 years, in a role within our finance department.
Like many organisations Woking & Sam Beare Hospices collect cash donations in buckets and collections boxes across the six surrey boroughs we provide care to and Gill counts those coin donations for us.
“Gill is one of the unsung and unseen volunteers” commented Lynne Macintosh, Finance Director “Her contribution to the finance team is invaluable”
Gill was a runner up at the awards and won £100 for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices which is fantastic.
If you would like to volunteer for us you can find our more about the opportunities available here.
5th June 2018
Runnymede and Spelthorne Volunteer Awards
We are proud and delighted that one of our volunteers Gerry Allen was nominated for the Inspirational Volunteer Award at this years Runnymede and Spelthorne Volunteer Awards, Gerry unfortunately didn’t win on the night but he is an invaluable part of our team and a winner in our eyes.
Gerry has been volunteering for us since 2015 when he was inspired to give something back to the hospice after his wife Tracey was cared for by us back in 2013.
Gerry began volunteering as a Community Networker out and about in the local area meeting with key people building relationships, identifying collection tin locations, supporting leaflet drops, researching local groups and events that might be of interest to the Fundraising team and raising awareness of the care that the hospice provides to the community.
But it doesn’t stop there in 2017 Gerry volunteered at 33 different events from marshalling at the Midnight Walk and Santa Fun Run, helping at local fetes, to meeting dignitaries at hospice open days his support is fantastic and he is so often one of the first to arrive and the last to leave.
“I don’t think Gerry knows just how much his enormous contribution is valued by us at the hospice and we want to say a huge thank you to him” commented Gary Wood Volunteer Services Manger ” He is genuinely an inspiration to us, not many people are willing to take on the breadth of roles that he does and always with such enthusiasm”.
If you have been inspired by Gerry you can find out more about volunteering opportunities here
If you would like to support the hospice you can find our latest events here
31st May 2018
Celebrating Volunteers week
1st – 7th June 2018 is Volunteers Week celebrating the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.
At Woking & Sam Beare Hospices we have over 800 amazing volunteers working for us in a huge variety of roles, retail assistant’s in one of our seventeen charity shops, receptionist’s at the hospice, providing complementary therapies to in patients and day care patients, Ebay assistants spotting the gems donated to our warehouse to help raise vital funds or working at our new hospice café.
There are lots of reason why people choose to volunteer, the opportunity to give something back to a community charity that once supported them or their families or a chance to develop new skills but for whatever reason it may be we simply couldn’t manage without you.
“We really do appreciate everything our volunteers do for us” commented Jayne Cooper CEO “They play such a crucial role in helping us it to continue to provide care to our patients and their families across north west surrey”.
If you are interested in volunteering for us you can find out more here and all our current volunteering opportunities here