Local charity launches Veterans Appeal

South-West based homeless charity Alabaré has announced the launch of our Homes For Veterans Appeal as we believe that no Veteran should be forced to sleep on the streets

By launching our appeal, we are hoping to raise awareness of the housing issues faced by Veterans in their life after the forces. Be it as a result of depression, PTSD or a family breakdown, too many find themselves in the desperate situation of being homeless.

We are hoping that by raising awareness of this issue, we can act to provide the hope and confidence that Veterans need for the future.

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Tackling Veterans’ homelessness: A Call to Action – pledge your support

We asking you to pledge your support and to update you on some very positive developments on our quest to eliminate Veterans’ homelessness following our reception at the House of Lords in March.

The University of York research that we launched at the reception highlights how some ex-Service personnel slip through the net and end up homeless after leaving the Armed Forces. Evidence suggests that well over a thousand ex-service personnel each year require urgent support to find accommodation.

On the back of this research we developed a Call to Action to help tackle this important issue.

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Cumbrian Challenge 2018 Success

This weekend four former Alabaré Gloucestershire Homes for Veterans residents took on the daunting task of the Cumbrian Challenge in support of Walking With The Wounded. The 23km tab took them up Lingmoor Fell and Blake Ridge, an elevation of around 5000ft and in temperatures of around 24 degrees, and whilst they completed against about another 100 teams, the four came first for a second year running as they completed the course in around 4 ½ hours.

Paul Bradley (Ex-Parachute regiment) John Clark (Ex-Rifles), Paul Newark (Ex-Grenadier Guards) and Mark Arnold (Ex-Royal Gibraltar Regiment) decided to run the course despite the temperatures.

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It’s The One That You Want – Grease: An Outdoor Cinema Experience

Celebrating the 40th anniversary since Danny met Sandy and a feeling of Summer Lovin’ swept the nation, local homeless charity Alabaré, are inviting you to their outdoor cinema extravaganza of the iconic musical, Grease!

Film goers will have the chance to see this all-time favourite against the historic backdrop of Old Sarum airfield. So come along to dance and sing the night away on Saturday June 2nd and help raise valuable funds for Alabaré and Our Wilton’s work with homeless and vulnerable veterans.

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Gloucester Homes for Veterans welcome Lieutenant General Timothy Buchan Radford

Alabaré’s Gloucestershire Home for Veterans were delighted to welcome Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, Lieutenant General Timothy Buchan Radford, CB, DSO, OBE to visit the service.

The visit came about after our padre LT-Col Grant-Jones of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps spoke of his desire to invite the commander to our services to demonstrate the excellent work carried out by our Gloucester team.

Alongside Lieutenant General Timothy Buchan Radford and Lt Col Grant-Jones, was Lt Col Richard Smith who is soon to be Padre to ARRC and Padre for our Gloucestershire Home as of August 2018.

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Chalke Valley Churches Donation

Alabaré are delighted to announce that nearly £11,000 has been raised for ‘Welcome Packs’ for homeless Veterans going in to the new Wilton Hill Veterans Village. The funds have been raised by the churches of the Chalke Valley, through a series of initiatives as part of their Lent project.

The Welcome Packs will contain a variety of household items for vulnerable Veterans’ who are moving in to the development. They will contain everything a person needs from the mattress through to the mug.

The Wilton Hill Veterans Village is a pioneering initiative that will boast 44 flats for ex-service personnel and will also include enterprise space and access for Veterans to engage in training and employment support.

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Cobseo Housing Cluster wins the FiMT Working Together Award at the Soldier on Awards

The Cobseo Housing Cluster received the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Working Together Award at the Soldiering on Awards on Friday 20th April, at a special ceremony at Westminster Bridge Park Plaza.

The Cluster is a combination of 30 veterans’ housing organizations and charities formed to provide veteran specific housing and create an integrated veterans’ housing sector, with clear pathways for ex-Service personnel and their families in housing need to move into permanent homes.

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‘Alabaré ambassadors event success’

‘Disaster in the Caribbean’ a fundraising event held by Wiltshire-based charity Alabaré’s ambassadors helped to raise over £3,000 for their Wiltshire Homes for Veterans service.

The evening at St. Francis’ Church Salisbury, saw a captivating talk by Lt Col Paul Maynard MA BSc RM of 40 commando Royal Marines, who led the humanitarian relief mission across the Caribbean in the wake of hurricanes Maria, Jose and Irma.

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Spinnaker Abseil Success

South West based charity Alabaré held a thrilling fundraiser on Sunday 25th March as 45 participant’s abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

The event helped to raise over £12,000 for Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans service as those taking part descended over 100 metres down the side of the iconic harbour side landmark.

With each of those taking part pledging to raise a minimum of £200, the event helped to raise vital funds for veterans who are homelessness or those at risk of being so.

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Salonika Reflections

South West based charity Alabaré were amongst those who were invited to attend the launch of ‘Salonika Reflections’, an exhibition of art developed by service users from Alabaré’s Wiltshire Home for Veterans, curated by the artist Susan Francis.

In a series of creative workshops, our veterans studied photos and records from soldiers who served in the Salonika campaign in the First World War. They related these to their own personal experiences from their time spent in the military, creating an exhibition which crosses the boundaries of time.

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