Alabaré take over the operational management of Community Self Build Agency

South-West homeless charity Alabaré are delighted to announce that they have joined forces with Community Self Build Agency as part of an exciting new development for the charity.

Since being set up in the late 1980’s, the innovative charity Community Self Build Agency (CSBA) have helped hundreds of homeless or vulnerable people to have the opportunity to build their own home.   From May this year, CSBA has become part of Alabaré, with the charity taking over the operational management of the CSBA.

Andrew Lord, Alabaré Chief Executive says;

“We are thrilled to be joined by the team from CSBA, including SAS Veteran and TV presenter Ken Hames MBE.  Now Alabaré residents, Veterans and a range of other people in need of housing, will have the chance to take part in the planning, design and build of their own homes. They will be able to develop a wide variety of skills in construction and other industries.

This is a new type of work for our charity, and we are excited to be reaching people in areas of the UK which are new to us.”

CSBA have completed over 178 self-build projects across the UK to date, developing in-excess of 1200 housing units to some of the most disadvantaged members of the local community. Their award-winning schemes have included the Nelson Project in Plymouth – a 24-home site that includes 12 self-build homes for the military veterans and 12 mixed use affordable homes, including supported housing.

Norman Biddle, Chairman of Community Self Build Agency said;

“We are so pleased to have this opportunity of linking our small charity with Alabaré. Together we will be much stronger both in creating work in helping the homeless generally as well as Veterans which we have a particular focus on. We are delighted with the new relationship with have in working under the Alabaré umbrella and I am sure it will be of great benefit to both organisation and the homeless whom we serve.”

Alabaré provides support to over 1,700 homeless and vulnerable individuals each across the South West of England and Wales.

For more information or to arrange an interview call Harvey Taylor on 01722 344485.



At Alabaré we support people to overcome the barriers of homelessness, mental ill-health and learning disabilities in-order to have a home, health, choice and independence.

Alabaré Christian Care and Support provide the highest standards of accommodation and support to disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our communities in order that they can have a home, health, choice and independence. Since 1991, Alabaré have been working with people facing disadvantage through homelessness, mental ill-health, learning disability or a combination of these.  We provide housing and personalised support based on the individual needs and aspirations of each person, tackling underlying causes and giving them the skills and confidence to move forward with their lives.

Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans provides accommodation and support for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  We have 23 Homes for Veterans across the South and South West of England and across Wales, which can collectively house 115 Veterans at any one time.  Our first Home for Veteran opened in Plymouth in 2009 and today we are the largest provider of supported housing for homeless Veterans of working age outside of London.

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