On Monday 17 November a Farnham homeless project run by Transform Housing & Support celebrated 10 years transforming lives, with a visit by HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO. Simmonds Court was originally opened by The Countess in 2004.
Simmonds Court provides housing with support for 13 homeless people in Farnham and was opened in 2004 by The Countess of Wessex. The Countess has since become our Royal Patron and returned to Simmonds Court this week to meet some of the people currently living at the property. The project has helped 73 local homeless people over the past 10 years, giving them a place to live as well as specialist support to get their lives back on track.
The Countess was greeted by Lord Lieutenant of Surrey Dame Sarah Goad DCVO, High Sheriff of Surrey Peter Lee, Chairman of Surrey County Council Cllr David Munro, Mayor of Waverley Cllr Liz Wheatley and Mayor of Farnham Jeremy Ricketts. Her Royal Highness visited a flat to talk to our clients Sarah and Andy and met several other clients, staff, Trustees and supporters.
The Countess then went on to visit Hawkins House, where we provide housing and support for 11 people in recovery from drug or alcohol issues. Her Royal Highness attended a support meeting for clients, to see how we help people to rebuild their lives without drugs or alcohol.
At the end of the meeting, our client Mo presented The Countess with some flowers to thank her for visiting Transform. Mo said:
“Before I came to Transform, I was drinking every night – my life was out of control. Hawkins House, Transform staff and the other residents offer me safety and security when I need it. Now I’m back in touch with my family and looking forward to a happier future.
“It was great to meet The Countess today and share my story with her. She was really friendly and approachable and we all felt like she understood and sympathised with people affected by alcohol dependency.”
Transform Housing & Support have worked in Farnham since we were founded in 1972 and we now provide housing and support for 90 local people affected by issues such as homelessness, drug or alcohol dependency, mental health problems, and learning disabilities. We offer people a safe place to live, with one-to-one support to help them gain the skills and confidence to live independently.