Transform Housing & Support was established in 1972 as Surrey Community Development Trust.
Surrey Community Development Trust was originally founded in 1972 to provide accommodation for offenders, helping them to build a life away from crime. The organisation received investment and support from Surrey Probation & Aftercare Service.
A young and energetic probation officer, Bruce Pearce, was seconded to work on the project from 1971 to 1976 and became the charity’s first director. Bruce headed a team that set up hostels for ex-offenders and homeless people in Farnham, Reigate, Epsom, Milford, Guildford and Woking.
Finances were very tight in those early years and fundraising was essential. Transform received donations and support from many key people in Surrey – fortunately this support has continued throughout the years.
From 1985 the charity expanded, establishing new projects in areas related to its work with offenders, including mental health, drug and alcohol dependency and young people leaving care. Transform formed many new partnerships, including several innovative projects with Surrey Social Services.
In 1996 Surrey Community Development Trust received over £5 million of government funding from the Capital Challenge programme, as part of a Surrey-wide partnership. The project won two national housing awards. By 2002 the project had created new ‘move-on’ accommodation for 212 vulnerable people, across every borough and district in Surrey.
Transform launched a floating support service in 1996, providing support to people living in other landlords’ accommodation.
In 2003 a new temporary accommodation service was launched with Spelthorne Borough Council. In 2007 Transform expanded into Berkshire, with the launch of two new floating support services for Wokingham Borough Council. In 2009 the charity took over an existing service in Wokingham, supporting people with mental health issues. These initiatives took Transform past the 100 staff mark.
2011 saw the launch of a new name – Transform Housing & Support. This was a major milestone, with a new brand identity and website for the organisation.
2012 was Transform's 40th birthday year, with a series of events to celebrate 40 years transforming lives. In 2013 Transform launched the Building Chances programme to create more than 65 new units of supported housing over three years.
In 2016 Transform merged with Cherchefelle Housing Association to form an enlarged Transform Housing & Support.