Vice Chancellor visits Woking project for homeless young people

6 January 2015

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Surrey, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, visited Transform Housing & Support on Monday 5 January.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden visited our housing project at Pound House in Woking on Monday 5 January. Sir Christopher has been our Patron since 2005 and is a strong supporter of our work with homeless and vulnerable young people across the Surrey area.

At Pound House, we provide supported housing for 11 young people aged 16 to 21, who are homeless or in crisis. We give each young person a safe place to live, with one-to-one support to help them deal with the issues they are facing. In Woking, we provide homes for more than 30 young people, as well as a further 30 people affected by homelessness or mental health issues.

Sir Christopher toured the property and met two of the current residents, Aaron and Natalie, who talked about how we have helped them. He met Project Manager James King and Supported Housing Workers Ashley Dell and Angie Smith, who explained how we help young people to build up their confidence and gain life skills, so they can live independently in future.

The Vice Chancellor was escorted on his visit by David Turner, Chairman of Transform, Paul Mitchell, Chief Executive of Transform, and David Hulme, Area Manager of Transform.

James King, Project Manager at Pound House, said: 

“We are very grateful to Sir Christopher for his support for Transform and were delighted to have the chance to show him the great work we do here at Pound House. The young people that we help have often had very tough lives, so we give them the chance to feel safe and gain some stability. It is inspiring to see the progress they make and the things they go on to achieve. Our clients Aaron and Natalie were very excited to meet Sir Christopher and share their stories with him.”

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden said:

“Transform provides essential housing and support to homeless and vulnerable people. This makes an unimaginable difference to over 1,000 people every year, helping them to rebuild their lives. I am proud to have been a Patron of Transform for the past 10 years and was delighted to meet some of the young people the charity supports.”

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