Transom Trust is a Christian charity offering an expression of compassion, faith in action and unity from the churches of Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill. We seek to make our own unique contribution to the tremendous work already being carried out by many other local voluntary and statutory agencies in tackling the ongoing, significant challenge of homelessness in Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill.
We see supported accommodation as the most important – and lacking – solution for homeless people in the area, helping individuals towards resettlement and preventing repeat homelessness.
Transom Trust currently has three 2-bedroom flats in Hastings & St Leonards, housing six ex-homeless men. These are owned in conjunction with the national charity, Green Pastures. Referrals are received from a number of services including local authorities, probation, Home Works and Steps, and are welcomed from all agencies.
Our aim is to offer medium-term (typically around two years) accommodation to homeless individuals, who are visited during the week by our team of pastoral support volunteers for support with social issues, help to access health services, and building independent living skills such as cooking, budgeting or literacy, for example, according to an individualised support plan.
Central to Transom’s ethos is the requirement for residents to participate in ‘meaningful activity’, such as voluntary work. This is an important aspect of their mental health or substance misuse recovery, essential for restoring self-worth, and an essential opportunity to build employment and life skills.
We do not limit the length of time residents can stay with us but our hope is that they will develop the skills and confidence to move on to regular accommodation in due course.
“Now that I am living in a Transom Trust flat it feels like I have moved to the other side of the table. It’s my turn now to help others who are struggling and to show them that it’s possible to move on from homelessness.” – Transom Trust Resident