Woking Mayor visits Transform

26 May 2014

The Mayor of Woking found out all about vital services for homeless and vulnerable young people, with a visit to Transform Housing & Support on Wednesday 21 May.

Cllr Anne Roberts, Mayor of Woking, visited Pound House and The Crescent to learn about how Transform helps vulnerable young people in the Woking area. These two housing projects provide specialist accommodation with support for 24 young people in the borough.

At Pound House, the Mayor was introduced to our Chairman David Turner, Area Manager David Hulme, and Project Manager James King and his team. She met some of the clients taking part in the weekly Pound House baking club, run by staff member Ashley. Cllr Roberts then went on to The Crescent, to meet Project Manager Theresa Duckett and her team.

The young people helped by Transform are affected by issues such as homelessness, family breakdown, mental health issues and learning disabilities. We give them a safe place to live and support each person on an individual basis. Clients are given assistance to gain life skills and build up confidence, so they can get into education or training and find employment.

James King, Project Manager for Pound House, said:

“We are very grateful to Cllr Roberts for coming to visit Transform. Our young people Sam and Josh really enjoyed meeting the Mayor and telling her about Pound House. At Transform, everything we do is about giving people the skills and confidence to live independently. Each of the young people we help is different, so we work with them to help them decide their personal goals and support them to achieve these. We are immensely proud of the progress made by our young people and were very pleased to have the chance to share this with the Mayor.”

Cllr Anne Roberts, Mayor of Woking, said:

“I was very impressed to see the work carried out by Transform, helping young people with complex needs. Their services are immensely valuable in equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed in life. I was delighted to have the chance to meet these young people and find out about how Transform is helping them. I wish them all the best of luck for their futures and congratulate Transform for their efforts.”

In Woking Transform provides homes for more than 60 people, including young people, homeless people and people with mental health issues.

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