Funding Boost For Our Gloucestershire Home For Veterans

PRESS RELEASE

13th September 2013

Gloucestershire Homes for Veterans receive funding boost

Veterans’ charity Alabaré is delighted to announce that ABF - The Soldiers’ Charity will be donating a generous £30,000 to Alabaré’s new Gloucestershire Homes for Veterans each year for the next three years. The new homes, which are due to open this autumn, will provide accommodation for up to 8 veterans who have found themselves homeless or are at serious risk of becoming homeless.

The funding received from The Soldiers’ Charity will go a long way to help provide support for the Gloucestershire Veterans Homes, which cost £65,000 a year to run. Opening the homes has also been made possible thanks to the dedication of an active group of local supporters, including; the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE, the Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Chris Chatterton and representatives from The Rifles. The group is headed up by Brigadier Simon Firth CBE, who is himself an ex-Gloster.

By giving veterans a safe place to live, in a house where all the residents have a shared history, each person can concentrate on moving forward with their lives without feeling judged. The Alabaré teams are experienced in helping people overcome all manner of crises and will work hard to help the ex-servicemen gain the skills and confidence they need to move on to their own accommodation, work and training. Residents will also benefit from a support network which they can turn to for future advice.

Quotes:

Brigadier Simon Firth CBE:
“Life in the forces is very structured and disciplined, which is one of the reasons why our Armed Forces are so outstanding. However, it can also mean that some people struggle when faced with the uncertainties of independence on civvy street. Veterans can sometimes get stuck in a downward spiral and end up living in chaos. I really do welcome these homes which will do much to help ex soldiers from my Regiment.”

Major-General Martin Rutledge CB, Chief Executive of The Soldiers’ Charity:
“A major part of what The Soldiers’ Charity is about is supporting other smaller, specialist charities. Last year, we did that to the tune of nearly £2.9million. So, we are absolutely thrilled to be giving Alabaré such a healthy sum of money for their extremely valuable contribution towards supporting the whole of the Army family – serving, veterans or their dependants. It all counts and this is an excellent way of showing how all the charities work together to help where there is a need.”

Alongside these latest homes, Alabaré already run Homes for Veterans: in Salisbury, Plymouth, Bristol, Weymouth Gosport and Fareham, providing high to low level support for homeless or vulnerable ex-Armed Forces personnel. Since the scheme started in 2009, the charity has helped over 210 veterans. If you or your company would like to support veterans in your community to get back on their feet, please call Alabaré on 01722 322882 or visit the website: www.alabare.co.uk

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