Transform celebrates opening of Farnham housing project

26 June 2014

Transform Housing & Support celebrated the successful opening of its newest housing project on Wednesday 25 June.

The development of three new flats at Belmont House in Farnham will provide supported accommodation for three local people in need.

We held a buffet lunch to celebrate the completion of the Belmont House project, with guests from the local community, partners, supporters, donors and Transform clients. VIP guests included the Mayor of Waverley Cllr Liz Wheatley and Consort Cllr Mike Wheatley, the Chairman of Surrey County Council Cllr David Munro, and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Jeff Harris.

In Waverley, Transform provides supported housing for more than 80 people, including people who have been homeless or who are in recovery from drug or alcohol issues. We give each person a safe and comfortable home, with one-to-one support from Transform staff. People are assisted to gain essential life skills and build up their confidence, so they can live independently and support themselves.

The three new flats are an extension of our existing Belmont House property, which has provided supported housing for local people since 1998. The new flats will provide low-support ‘move on’ housing, for clients to move to from our existing accommodation in the area. The new flats are designed to help people adapt to living with less support from Transform, so they can eventually move to independent housing.

David Turner, Chairman of Transform Housing & Support, said:

“Transform helps more than 1,000 people each year to transform their lives. These new ‘move on’ flats will provide a vital stepping stone between our higher-support accommodation and independent living. People will have the chance to adjust to living with less support, knowing that Transform staff are still on hand to help if needed. I am delighted that the new Belmont House flats are now open and would like to thank all our supporters, partners and donors who have helped make this project a success.”

The project was supported by Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council, and received grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency. We raised £20,000 through fundraising, including grants from Tabhair Charitable Trust and from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Community Safety Fund.

Jeff Harris, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“The Surrey Community Safety Fund is a fantastic resource for organisations and groups in our county that want to make life better for those who live and work here. Transform are an excellent example of this and we are delighted to be able to support the excellent work that they do in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Surrey. These new flats will allow the charity to do much more in the Farnham area, and we are incredibly grateful to all of those who work so hard in supporting those in need.”

The new development is part of Transform’s Building Chances programme, which will create more than 65 new homes for homeless and vulnerable people in the Surrey area by 2016.

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