March Network News
Well another busy month has been and gone at Alabaré. Thanks to everyone who turned out to support us at this year’s Sleep Out (more info below…), we’re already busy working on next year’s. We’re delighted to be expanding our services across the South West, and into Wales, but we do need your help. We need help in sourcing new properties for our expanding services, and would appreciate the help of any volunteers who could offer their support. So please consider passing this newsletter on to anyone you know who could help.
Another successful run of Sleep Out events has come to an end. Thank you to everyone who attended the events, which took place across four Wiltshire venues; All Saints Church in Westbury, The United Church in Trowbridge, Salisbury Cathedral and St Thomas’s Church in Salisbury. We’re still waiting for the final donations to make their way to us, but we’re on track to raise a total of £10,000 for our Wiltshire Drop-In centres.
The events took place overnight on Friday the 21st March. Our Salisbury sleepers didn’t get any respite from the cold, with most spending the night on the floor of the Cathedral cloisters and an even hardier few sleeping in the porch of St Thomas’ Church. The Bishop of Salisbury stopped by just before ‘lights out’ and reminded us that although we may experience an uncomfortable night, this is a daily reality for far too many people across the UK. Local MP John Glen came along to support us too - this was his fifth Sleep Out! The Mayor of Trowbridge spent the night at the United Church event and felt he had “come unprepared for the night with just a sleeping bag, but realised that a lot of homeless people aren’t always lucky enough to have that”. Lots of people on social media commented that the Sleep Outs were a sobering experience that really made them reconsider their perceptions of what being homeless really means. The Westbury sleepers kindly completed their Sleep Out event on the 21st February – bringing in a fantastic £500.
Thank you to Waitrose, Lidl and Reeve the Baker for providing refreshments. Thank you goes as well to St John’s Ambulance for watching over everyone at Salisbury Cathedral for the evening, and to the Trowbridge Lions Club for their support.
Press play below to hear Sleep Out Organiser Heather Hitchins discussing the events on BBC Wiltshire. (*N.B. The figures quoted by Graham relate to last years Sleep Out)
The date has already been decided for next year’s Sleep Out. If you’re brave enough, you can join the Alabaré team on Friday the 13th March 2015. www.alabare.co.uk
WWI Presentation & Reception
Thank you to everyone who attended our Wiltshire Ambassadors event on the 20th March. It was fantastic to share such an interesting evening with you all. If you didn't get the chance to come along, you can click here to find out more about the evening.
John Proctor Receives High Sheriff Commendation
Congratulations to our founder John Proctor! He has been awarded the High Sheriff’s Commendation for his many years of outstanding service to the community! Follow the link to read the full story.
From the 1st April we will be extending our North Devon services from 50 hours of support a week to 150 hours – a massive increase. As part of this we will be developing floating support in North Devon and Torridge for the first time.
From the 30th April we will also be providing supported housing for up to 6 people across two houses in our new Salisbury Arch Service. Arch stands for Alabaré Recovery Community Home.
There are real needs for these services and we are absolutely thrilled to have this new opportunity to support more people to enjoy fulfilling lives.
Thank you to everyone who got involved with thie year's Sleep Outs - two of our attendees have written blogs about their experience, click here to read about Holly's night and click here to read about Grant's. If you got involved with Sleep Out 2014 and you like to share your story with, please get in touch.
Amy's Close Shave!
She did it! Amy has shaved off her hair for Alabaré and she even let us film it - check out the video now! Thank you to everyone who gave donations - and thank you Amy for your brave effort! For the full story please click here. Press play below to watch the video of Amy's brave efforts;
This month we’re looking for a Horticulture Volunteer to assist us at our Barford Countryside Unit. So if you’re handy with a strimmer and a mower, or are just happy to get stuck in and get your hands dirty, please email our Volunteer Co-Ordinator Mandy Herridge or call her on 01722 322882. Click here to find out more about volunteering with us.
Thank you for your continued support!