Transform Housing & Support held a thank you event to recognise the many people and organisations who have supported our 2015 winter shelter for homeless people.
The thank you event was held on Thursday 26 March at the winter shelter in Hersham. We invited people and organisations who had donated to the project, project partners and other supporters.
The shelter opened in January and has been providing a bed and a hot meal for homeless people from Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne, during the coldest and wettest months of the year. To date the project has provided shelter for 28 homeless people who would otherwise have been sleeping rough in a vehicle, a tent or even on the street.
The winter shelter project has received fantastic support from the local community:
- The winter shelter has been hosted by Whiteley Village, who provided temporary use of an empty building to Transform.
- The caterers at the Village, Caterplus, provided evening meals for people staying at the shelter.
- Significant funding and support was given by Walton Charity.
- Donations of funding were made by several local businesses including: JTI, Santander Community Fund, Wick Hill and various branches of Waitrose.
- Funding and support was provided by Surrey County Council and Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne Borough Councils. The project was run in partnership with Rentstart charities from the three boroughs.
- Staff at Kia UK donated supplies and household goods for the project.
- The youth group at St Paul's Addlestone held a sleep out and raised £400 for the project.
- Donations of funding and supplies were made by many community groups including Besom Project Esher, Christ Church Staines, Holy Trinity Claygate, Molesey Care, Rotary Club of Chertsey, Rotary Club of Staines, St James’ Church Weybridge, St Mary's Church East Molesey, St Mary's Church Walton on Thames, St Paul's East Molesey, St Peter’s Church Hersham and local Food Banks.
- Many local people donated money and supplies to the project, as well as volunteering their time, with volunteering coordinated by Tony Harris.
Paul Mitchell, Chief Executive at Transform Housing & Support, said:
“This project has been a brilliant partnership between Transform, Whiteley Village, the local councils and Rentstarts, and the many donors, volunteers, partners and supporters. We are very grateful to everyone who has got behind the project and made it a success. Thanks to everyone’s generous support, homeless people have had a warm and dry place to stay this winter, with the chance to get off the streets for good.”
The shelter will close on Monday 30 March. Transform provides homes all year-round for 1,000 homeless and vulnerable people each year across Surrey and neighbouring areas.