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New Gosport Home for Vulnerable Seafaring Veterans

Greenwich Hospital and Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans are launching an exciting new partnership in the historic Naval town of Gosport, Hampshire, providing accommodation for homeless Seafaring Veterans. The new project, Greenwich House will become residence for up to 8 homeless and vulnerable Veterans at any one time, allowing those in need to gain the support that they so urgently need.

With the first residents due to move in in June, work is already underway to get the home ready.  As well as a beautiful new home, each Veteran will be provided with support to help them access healthcare, gain budgeting skills, find training and employment opportunities, and prepare to manage their own accommodation independently again in the future.

In most of the homes, Veterans will be ready to move into their own accommodation or lower support within 6 months to a year.   Working together the charities hope to be able to help around 15 Veterans every year. Alabaré currently already operate 3 homes in Gosport. Altogether, running 26 homes in 10 regions across England and Wales, providing 125 bed spaces for Veterans. Homes for Veterans has supported 209 Veterans this year.

Andrew Lord, CEO of Alabaré said –

“Greenwich House is an exciting new development to meet the needs of vulnerable Veterans in Gosport. I am very grateful for the support of Greenwich Hospital by purchasing the property.  By working together, Greenwich Hospital and Alabaré are able provide vital accommodation and support for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”

Hugh Player, CEO of Greenwich Hospital said –

“We are delighted to be supporting Alabare with the purchase of Greenwich House to enable and encourage their hugely valuable work. This is a first for Greenwich Hospital and we are pleased to be able to assist all the future residents in finding a positive way forward, whatever their challenges may be.”

Greenwich Hospital is a Crown charity established in 1694, the primary purpose of which is providing charitable support to serving and retired Royal Navy and Royal Marines’ personnel and their families.  It devotes its resources to: hardship-relieving annuities, supporting individuals directly and through other naval charities, running three sheltered housing schemes, and providing educational bursaries for the children of Royal Navy families at the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk.  The Hospital meets its charitable commitments through income from its financial and property investments.

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For more information or to arrange an interview call Sarah Booth on 01722 344485

Notes

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. www.alabare.co.uk

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