January Network News
Welcome to the January edition of our Network News. We hope you've enjoyed a lovely Christmas and are now settled in to the New Year. Thank you so much to everyone who donated gifts, money and their time to us last year. We wouldn't be able to do half the things we do without you. We're getting ready for another busy year, and can't wait to share all our news with you. Check out our rundown of the last month, and what we've got coming up below.
Our New Website
We've got a new website! If you clicked the link to read more of our newsletter, you'll be reading it from our new site. We hope you'll like it as much as we do. We've tried to make it as easy as possible to give you all the information you need. There's also a very special new part of our website which offers you a glimpse of Alabaré Life. You can also take a look by clicking play below to watch our video.
Please take some time to have a look around, and get in touch to let us know what you like - we'd love to hear from you!
Wales Homes for Veterans: Coming 2014
Thanks to the £976,269 award we received from the Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) fund in November last year, we'll be expanding our veteran support across Wales in 2014. We're incredibly excited about this new development, and look forward to opening our first home there in April. Please click here for the full story.
Snow White & the Seven Hoodies
Our annual Panto is fast approaching! Our panto team have been working hard, practicing their lines to get ready to entertain you next month. On the 7th February, The Alabaré Happy Mondays Writing Workshop Group will present Snow White and the Seven Hoodies! Anyone who saw Peter Pan last year will tell you it is not a night to be missed (and this year's is even better) - so grab your ticket today! P.S. all tickets are available at a reduced price until the 31st - after that you'll only be able to buy them on the night.
Barford Cookery Group
Two of our Barford cookery groups have completed a 1 year assessment in cookery skills. They hard working chefs have received certificates for their hard work, and are already looking forward to this years cooking schedule. There'll be food from different countries across the world on the Barford lunch menu; with british classics this month, and French cuise following in February. Mmmm' sounds good!
*If you're able to donate any French themed items to Barford (we're thinking wine bottles, and garlic strings more than frogs legs) please get in touch. Thanks!
Festive Thank You's
Thank you to the readers of the Salisbury Journal who helped us spread some extra Christmas cheer last month. Your incredible genorosity was felt across a number of our homes and services. Please click here to read more about the Journal's wonderful Christmas Gift Appeal.
Thank you goes to Drum Cussac for the wonderful Christmas presents that were donated to our Veterans homes over Christmas (pictured in our news banner). The generous donation had such a huge impact on everyone. Christmas can often be a hard time for the people in our homes, as they remember how things were before and the people they’ve lost or no longer see. The gifts serve as a reminder that people care about them and brought Christmas cheer into our houses.
Our Gloucestershire Veterans also received £250 from Gloucester Rotary Club, and contributions made to their ‘2013 Tree of Light’.
This month Gareth, who lives in Andrew House, and Hannah, who attends our Sound Wave project at The Junction, offered to share their stories with us. Please follow the links to find out more about their lives with us.
Liam Richards Nominated for Melksham Town Award
The Melksham News has nominated one of our Towpath House support workers, Liam Richards for the Annual Melksham Town Award for his volunteer work and the sport workshops he's set up for young people with special education needs in the area. Voting is now closed, but we'll keep you updated about the result. Good luck Liam and well done from everyone here at Alabaré!
Thank you to our volunteers!
In December you donated more than 1000 hours of your time to our homes and services. This is so incredibly generous and not only helps us to provide further support and arrange extra activities, but also helps us to keep our staffing costs down. Our volunteers are an essential part of Alabaré, and we're always looking for more people to come on board to help us. Please click here to find out more about volunteering with us. You can also check out our volunteering opportunity of the month.
Please click here to find out who the winners of this month's Inspire Awards are.