Having worked for a number of years as a legal aid solicitor Sue developed a passion for social action and has experience in project start-up roles in Brighton, where she lived prior to moving to Hastings a few years ago. She is married to Rob, with 4 children and 2 badly behaved dogs. She lives in the countryside outside Hastings and enjoys walking, cooking and seizes any opportunity to get out on the water, be it on a canoe or a sailing dinghy. She has a passion to see Jesus’ name raised in our communities.
Steve spent most of his working life as a civil engineer both in the UK and abroad. Latterly this involved working for the UK government on the international aid programme.Steve retired around 6 years ago to take up a role in church administration and leadership with King’s Church Hastings and Bexhill.
Steve has been involved with Transom Trust as a trustee for 3 years and has had pastoral responsibilities for the last couple of years. He has been encouraged to see new residents coming into our properties directly from the streets and gradually adjusting to a more settled lifestyle. The opportunity to work alongside, and to learn from, other colleagues with wide experience in helping the homeless has been something that Steve has particularly valued.
is a retired Chartered Accountant who lives with his wife Angy in Bexhill but has worked in Hastings and St Leonards since 1985. He is very active in church life in Hastings being part of the leadership teams of Wellington Square Baptist Church and Hastings CAP as well as being a Street Pastor in the town. This latter activity has brought him into direct contact with problems associated with homelessness.
OUR PASTORAL SUPPORT TEAM
Our Pastoral Support Team provide one-to-one support to our adult male residents in our supported housing in St Leonard’s and Bexhill.
They are Christians who are:
encouraged and motivated to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable people
available for 2 hours a week
ready to play your part in addressing homelessness
patient and able to befriend and mentor one of our residents (to help them progress to independent living within 2 to 3 years)
available to share their faith with our residents through their actions (and words when prompted by Residents)
ready to signpost our residents to other sources of support (as needed).
We support our team by providing:
a supportive and experienced team for you to join
the required DBS check
a full induction and relevant training
a range of “tools” (guidance and links to resources)
Rob was a solicitor specialising in civil litigation for 30 years and he had planned to retire to have a rest. Although the local church and Transom Trust have conspired against this plan, he still manages to play some sport and join his wife Sue on the water from time to time, be it on a canoe or a sailing dinghy.
His encouragement would be for our residents to find work and hold down a job, as this is an important support goal for them to achieve. Rob is also the Trust’s Housing Manager, responsible for ensuring our supported accommodation is maintained to a high standard.
Andy was a Civil Servant for 22 years (mainly with the Department of Work and Pensions), followed by 15 years employed with Battle Baptist Church (13 years as a church leader). He joined Transom Trust in November’20 as their part-time project manager responsible for providing close and full support for the vital Pastoral Support Team, as well as across all areas of the charity’s operations.
His experience with Transom Trust is very enjoyable, learning so much about all the issues relating to rough sleeping while ensuring our excellent pastoral support team are equipped with everything they need to carry out their vital and challenging role of supporting our residents.
The biggest encouragement has been to see how residents have developed as people and taken positive and tangible steps towards independent living, and to see the encouragement that gives to our hard-working pastoral support team. Andy works in a very supportive environment, and have learnt lots from those around me with so much experience, knowledge, passion and skills with caring for vulnerable people.
Guy spent 10 years as a professional performer in the Regions, in the West End and also on TV.
He subsequently completed a plant sciences degree and trained as a horticulturist. Guy now runs a landscape design business in East Sussex. He is a keen plantsman and enjoys theatre, sport (especially kayak fishing) and music.
Rob joined Transom Trust in November 2018 as part of the growing Pastoral Support Team. He was initially drawn by the team’s enthusiasm and commitment to the homeless in Hastings and St. Leonards.
He has found his experience with Transom hugely rewarding. Seeing a transformation in the lives of the residents and gaining new hope for their future has been particularly encouraging.
Lynnette has 30 years of experience working with homeless people and with youth. She worked as a discipleship pastoral worker with Unlock in Birmingham and Sheffield. Lynnette was a tutor with the St Nicholas Fellowship. She also started and managed the community café project with St Barnabas.
Faith wise, Lynnette was baptised 30 years ago at Battle Baptist Church. Along her journey of faith, she joined the Jesus Fellowship and was very involved in all aspects of community life, including outreach to rough sleepers and helping to deliver soup runs, and leading small midweek groups. Lynnette then joined Chapel Park Baptist Church & helped pioneer Robsack Church, which originally met in her home in Hollington before becoming a church plant.
Lynnette loves her community and wants to encourage people of all backgrounds, race and faith (or none).
Paula is a relative newbie to East Sussex, having taken early retirement in 2018 and moved from my hometown in Bedfordshire to Bexhill-on-Sea. Paula and her husband are members of Kings Church, Bexhill. They have 2 adult sons and a beautiful grand-daughter.
Paula has been fortunate to have worked in several diverse areas, starting out in a scientific role as a medical microbiologist in a large hospital. After 25 years, Paula decided to change career and worked for her local authority as a Community Safety officer (multi-agency working around anti-social behaviour and supporting communities). During this time, Paula worked on projects to bring Street Pastors, SOS Bus and Town Centre Chaplains to the town. She was also a Street Pastor for 8 years, as well as being a Trustee for all three charities.
Paula’s motivation has been about intervention rather than enforcement. So Paula became a support worker with drug and alcohol support charities, supporting clients on a one-to-one and group setting.
After a few years, and until retirement, Paula then worked with local authority Children’s Services, as an early help worker in the Troubled Families programme (working with families with multiple and complex issues, and advising the multi-agency safeguarding hub).
Paula enjoys multi-agency co-ordinated working. This was a challenge for Paula when she first started volunteering with Transom Trust as she did not know this area, and had to learn about local support and statutory agencies.
Paula has been a Pastoral Support Volunteer with Transom Trust since March 2019. She decided to apply as she loved the ethos of the charity. Paula finds it exciting and humbling to see a person – who has been sleeping rough – start living in safe and warm accommodation and to be able to support them on their journey forward.
The pastoral support team have 6-weekly de-brief meetings where we discuss all things encouraging and challenging, whilst also spending time in prayer for each other and our residents. Paula says: “If you have a heart for the disadvantaged I would recommend volunteering with Transom Trust where you will be offered training and support.”
Rob retired about 3 years ago after working for 7 years within the fraud department of an insurance company. Prior to that worked in various roles within Sussex Police for 38 years.
Rob joined Transom Trust in November’20 as a pastoral support worker. His role has proved quite challenging due to some of the issues that have arisen. However, he has been well supported by the Transom Trust team, who have always been available and willing to help with advice and practical support.
Rob is encouraged by the regular team meetings where there is time to discuss and pray about the support issues that arise and need resolving.
I have been going to King's Church in Bexhill for a while and have been a Christian for 15 years.
I have discovered that being a Christian doesn't always mean having an easy journey through this life but I do know God helps me in all situations. This is even though I have to sometimes remind myself of this. He is always steadfast and the best friend you can have. I have had various complications in my life.
As a result, I feel am able to empathise with, and also have a desire, to help people who struggle with their own problems. This is why I wanted to become a support worker with the Transom Trust.
I have had various working roles in my life from working with horses, caring, administration and book-keeping.Up until last year had been a property manager/landlord looking after 26 tenancies for 14 years.
On the whole, this work was very enjoyable. However, at times it was very testing as many of the tenants had a multitude of different problems. I miss the work apart from the middle of the night call-outs! I also love spending time with my wonderful family and also enjoy dog-walking and gardening.
I moved from the North East to Hastings in 1988 and it has been my home ever since. I was a member of Kings Church Hastings for over 25 years before joining Holy Trinity Hastings.
For 12 years, I worked for St Leonards Baptist Church as their outreach Community Centre Manager. It was here that my passion and calling grew for those in poverty, marginalized, refugees and asylum seekers. I retired in 2019 and became a trustee, still actively involved in the outreach. I am the secretary of Hastings Christians Against Poverty and in my own church, at Holy Trinity; I deal with the church’s financial giving.
Roy, my husband, and I, became volunteers at Transom Trust because we believe in their ethos and we want to play a part in helping to turn people’s lives around. Roy and I are blessed to have a caravan which gives us great joy and lots of happy memories.
Originally from Belfast, I worked for the Post Office in Northern Ireland for 37 years before taking early retirement in 2006. I then worked in the community sector in a housing co-operative for four years, and had been a volunteer in a local Belfast credit union for over 20 years.
I relocated to Hastings in 2015 when I married my wife, Ann. I have previously worked for Christians Against Poverty, and for the past 4 years have been involved with the Safe Haven Men project in Holy Trinity Church in Hastings, where we provide a drop in facility for the homeless and marginalised section of the community.
My wife and I joined Transom Trust as pastoral support workers in Feb ’22, where hopefully we can provide help with the transition from homelessness to shared accommodation and independent living.
I originally trained as a teacher and much of my married life has been living abroad in Zambia, Papua New Guinea and Malawi. In all three countries I have both volunteered and taken paid work teaching and helping vulnerable people. On returning to UK I taught KS1 and was appointed Head of KS1 and year 4 before changing careers to take on the role of Office Manager and PA to the Lead Elder at King’s Church Hastings where I am a member.
I retired in December 2021 after 15 years, intending to visit our 2 daughters and their families (6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren in Australia and New Zealand), but because of Covid this has been curtailed. Our middle daughter, her husband and 2 boys live in Bexhill. My husband and I have experienced losing our home and savings, leaving us on the verge of homelessness, therefore I can empathise with those who have similar problems.
With prayer and my faith in Jesus, I look forward to helping those who are taking steps towards a future in a settled environment. I’ve always enjoyed motivating people and in volunteering for Transom Trust I’d love to give a positive contribution and encouragement for a resident to get back on an even keel.
Starting out as a mechanical engineer, I have worked in senior roles in business for 30+ years and much of this work has been working with people, developing teams and mentoring.
I have also developed skills in achieving objectives, business strategy, finance management, management theory and getting on with people of all backgrounds.
I have been a Christian for 40 + years, and during this time the Lord has blessed me, supported my family.
He has given me a desire to see His Kingdom advance especially in those areas of our community that don’t realise their need of Him
I am married to Sue, now retired, and we have a grown-up son and daughter.
My hobbies include classic cars and playing the saxophone.
I have joined the TT team as I have long been concerned about how the lot for homeless people can be turned around.
I am excited by TT’s model of helping homeless people through pastoral support to future independence.
I believe that my previous background could help me connect to individuals, and work with them to improve their life chances in this way.
Through working with TT, I hope to increase my understanding of the causes and effects of homelessness, and to see individuals making real progress in their day to day and spiritual lives.