The Chief Constable of Surrey Police Lynne Owens QPM visited Transform Housing & Support in Woking on Wednesday 27 May.
The Chief Constable has been a Patron of Transform since May 2012 and is a strong supporter of our work with homeless and vulnerable people across the Surrey area. She visited two of our housing projects for young people in Woking.
Lynne was escorted on her visit by Transform Chairman David Turner and Chief Executive Paul Mitchell. She went first to Pound House, which provides supported housing for 11 young people aged 16 to 21 who are homeless or in crisis, and met Housing & Support Manager James King. James explained how he and his team give each young person a safe place to live, with one-to-one support to help them deal with the issues they are facing.
The Chief Constable then visited The Crescent, which provides a home for 14 young people aged 18 to 30. Housing & Support Manager Theresa Duckett talked about how she and her team support young people to transform their lives. She gave example of the many initiatives that the team runs at the project, including an allotment, cooking groups, a craft club and sports sessions.
A number of Chief Constables have been Patrons of Transform throughout our history, in recognition of our close partnership with Surrey Police.
Paul Mitchell, Chief Executive of Transform, said:
“We were very pleased to host a visit for the Chief Constable Lynne Owens, to see our work first-hand. We are proud of the close working relationship between Transform and the local Police, built up over many years. We are delighted that Lynne Owens is such a keen advocate of our work and are very grateful to her for her contribution as a Patron.”