Transformation is essentially about relationships and community, and anyone who has any formal involvement with us as staff, volunteers or trustees must be 100% committed to these principles.
Anyone wanting to work with us either as a volunteer or paid staff will have to be motivated because they want to give something back to others. Too often we have seen people in a ‘caring environment’ with a ‘good position and salary’ that have forgotten the purpose of their ministry or employment. We want to be able to use most of our income on providing a service that is 100% user friendly, with residents knowing that no one is here because of their job title or salary. Our working motto ‘because we care’ will convey the message we want to give.
Our service users need to know they are not clients, but that those involved in their recovery see them as precious human beings that deserve better than the life they have had. It is a very challenging, sacrificial way of working and demands 100% commitment to the well being and restoration of the individual.
Transformation is informed, advised and directed by four experienced Trustees with a complementary portfolio of high level skills and experiences between them. As with most trustees of charities, their time is provided generously and freely.
Chairman and Trustee
Mark is the co-director of his own consultancy business specialising in aspects of community development, urban regeneration, and organisational development. He has been active in community affairs all his life, particularly in Newcastle, Manchester and now East London. He has served as a local preacher, a school governor and on the management committee of a housing association. Mark has initiated a range of charitable voluntary organisations all of which he chaired during their early years.
Jerry Curtis, CQSW, MSc, MNS – Trustee
Jerry is an experienced Social Worker, having worked for over twenty-five years on the front line of Britain’s care system. He was until recently the manager of a Local Safeguarding Children Board and has been an advisor and now trustee to Transformation from the beginning. He lives with his wife and three children who all contribute their advice and experience.
Mark Ingram, FCA, AMCT, MSc – Treasurer and Trustee
Mark is a Chartered Accountant, Associate Corporate Treasurer and the Transformation Treasurer, and has run his own Treasury and Accounting training business for 20 years (FME Training). He was a Borough Councillor for 8 years (LB Harrow), and was formerly Treasurer of a national charity.
Dianah Walker – Secretary and Trustee
Before becoming involved in Transformation, Dianah worked for 9 years as a Training and Management Consultant and Systems Analyst for Kodak. She has been instrumental in guiding the development of Transformation and is closely involved as a volunteer. She has three young children, and her husband, Lee, a computer specialist, is also involved with Transformation.
Transformation will be looking for people with a range of skills and backgrounds that are prepared to live within or around the community for at least six months as they work alongside and with those who visit or stay at Transformation.
Our intention is to use as many volunteers as possible to work at the centre alongside qualified and motivated staff. This will be both as a practical opportunity for people to give something back to others, as well as part of training and equipping service users towards gaining appropriate confidence, work experience and employment.
To date we have been very encouraged by the response that we have had from people who have seen the website or heard about what we are doing. We have had many offers from people wanting to use their time and skills to support our work, and as the Centre and activities grow, we will be able to draw more on these offers.
We also want to acknowledge our appreciation for a range of professional services that have been provided on a pro-bono basis from a range of individuals and companies as part of their individual or corporate social responsibility.