Transform Housing & Support has confirmed it has merged with Guildford-based Wey Valley Housing Association (WVHA). The merger, which was finalised on 1 April this year, involved the transfer of two properties and two members of staff to Transform.
Wey Valley Housing Association was established in 1973 and has been catering for 11 residents who are suffering, or recovering from, long-term mental health challenges. The properties – which between them include 10 rooms and one self-contained flat – provide a group home setting for residents with common kitchens and living rooms.
Following a review of its governance and operations, WVHA decided to explore whether there were suitable merger partners who would fit with its ethos. Company Secretary of WVHA Jason Davies said:
“The Trustees of WVHA consider that Transform are exactly the right partner to ensure the current residents and social housing assets will be managed in a manner which is consistent with the increasing regulatory demands but without losing WVHA’s resident-focused service.”
Transform Chief Executive Lawrence Santcross said that as a very small housing association WVHA had been finding it difficult to balance the needs of its clients with its growing governance responsibilities.
“As they join our Guildford team, we hope our two new colleagues will feel supported and we are very much looking forward to working with them to continue to deliver the highest quality and most responsive service possible to tenants,” he added. “Transform is pleased to be able to provide security for WVHA’s residents as well as slightly grow its footprint in Guildford.”