Winter shelter seeks donations

20 November 2015

Our winter shelter project will help homeless people in north west Surrey this winter. Transform Housing & Support will provide basic accommodation during the coldest and wettest months of the year.

Transform will operate the winter shelter from January to March 2016, in a vacant building in Staines owned by Surrey County Council. There will be 10 beds, eight for men and two for women, which will be open to homeless people with a connection to Elmbridge, Runnymede or Spelthorne.

We will offer each person somewhere warm, safe and dry to sleep, with a hot meal at night and a simple breakfast in the morning. People will be offered advice and support to get off the streets for good. In 2015, 50% of people who stayed at the shelter were supported to move into settled accommodation.

Paul Mitchell, Chief Executive of Transform, explained why the project is needed:

“We know there is a real need for a dedicated service to help local people who find themselves homeless during the winter months. Transform’s 2015 winter shelter received 48 referrals in 12 weeks, which was equivalent to one homeless person every two days.

“Even in an affluent area such as Surrey, many people become homeless each year, often as a result of relationship breakdown or job loss. They can end up sleeping on the streets, in shop doorways, or living in a tent or vehicle – but during the winter this can lead to serious health problems and can even be fatal. The shelter is a real lifeline for local people in need.”

The project will be run in partnership with Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne Borough Councils and the Rentstart charities from the three boroughs, plus other local partners. People will need to be referred to the shelter and assessed off site, before they can be offered a bed.

Donations needed

Funding has been secured from several organisations, including Walton on Thames Charity, the three Borough Councils, Surrey County Council and Surrey Public Health. Transform still needs to raise £12,000 to keep the project running for three months and is appealing for donations of funding and supplies.

Paul Mitchell continued:

“We are very grateful to the many local organisations and individuals that have pledged their support so far. We still need to raise £12,000 to keep the shelter running from January to March and have launched an online appeal for donations. We are also asking local community groups if they could organise collections of food, toiletries and household goods to keep the shelter stocked for the winter.”

To make a donation

Please visit our online fundraising page

To donate supplies

We are seeking the following items to support the shelter:

Furnishings Household products Toiletries   Non-perishable food
  • Mattresses
  • Single duvets and duvet covers
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Single sheets
  • Bath towels
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing powder/liquid
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Dishcloths and sponges
  • Kitchen cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Disinfectant
  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Soap
  • Disposable razors
  • Shaving foam
  • Deodorant
  • Pasta, rice, noodles
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate
  • Cereal and cereal bars
  • Crackers, biscuits, crisps
  • Squash and juice cartons
  • Tinned food and jars
  • Jam, Marmite, Nutella
  • Sugar and sweeteners
  • Herbs, spices, stock cubes


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