Appeal For Bristol Volunteers

PRESS RELEASE

23rd January 2013

Charity appeals for Bristol volunteers to help Armed Forces veterans

Andrew Lord, Chief Executive of Alabaré Christian Care & Support a South West based charity helping vulnerable and homeless ex-service personnel, will be visiting Bristol next week to launch an appeal for volunteers to assist the charity in its work locally.

Alabaré runs three houses in the city, in Filton and Longleaze, each providing dedicated support and accommodation for Armed Forces veterans.

Mr Lord says, “Our homes provide a safe and supportive environment in which veterans can re build confidence and develop essential skills, whilst working towards living independently again. The average length of stay in our veterans home is between six and eight months. Residents are responsible for their own catering, cleaning and house keeping, however, we urgently need volunteers to give residents training and support to help them acquire the skills and confidence they need to ensure their civilian lives are successful.”

During his visit to the Alabaré home in Pine Grove, Filton, on Tuesday 29 January at 2 pm, Mr Lord will present local volunteer John Shore with the charity’s Inspire Award, recently introduced to recognise exceptional contributions made by staff and volunteers.

John, the first person in Bristol to receive the award is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Directors and former Chief Executive of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

To find out more about the work of Alabaré visit www.alabare.co.uk and to enquire about volunteering opportunities call Adrian Smale on 01722 344470 or email a.smale@alabare.co.uk

Beyond Bristol, Alabaré have Homes for Veterans in Plymouth, Weymouth, Portsmouth area and Salisbury. The charity plans to open future homes in Gloucester and South Wales.

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