New project helps homeless young people

8 February 2013

A new housing project run by Transform Housing & Support will help homeless young people in Leatherhead to get their lives back on track. We are very fortunate that the new initiative is being supported by ExxonMobil.

Our new project will provide homes for three homeless young people, in a shared house. Each client will receive one-to-one support from Transform staff to help them get their lives back on track. We will help the young people to gain practical life skills, build up their confidence, and access training, education and employment.

ExxonMobil donated £1,800 towards the cost of a new kitchen for the property. The company made the donation as part of its community investment programme, which focuses on improving the quality of life of the communities where it operates.

Paul Mitchell, Chief Executive of Transform Housing & Support, said:

“There is a desperate need for more housing for homeless young people in Surrey. More and more young people are ending up staying on a friend’s sofa, living in emergency accommodation or even sleeping on the street.

“At an age when they should be making plans for their future, these young people instead have to worry about whether they will have a bed for the night. We are therefore extremely grateful to ExxonMobil for supporting this new project, so that vulnerable young people can have a warm home where they can feel safe, with one-to-one support from our staff.”

Sophie Foale, Community Affairs Adviser at ExxonMobil, said:

“Transform does a vital job and it has been a pleasure to be able to help them in this way. I enjoyed visiting the home to see the kitchen equipment and to view the other facilities at the house. It is good to see ExxonMobil’s contribution put to such good use."

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