In this month's Alabaré Network News you'll be able to:
- Read about our fundraising heroes who are pushing themselves to the limit to help support our life changing work
- Learn about the new name for our Young People's Service in Andover
- Hear how your support is transforming lives
- Sign up to be a volunteer as part of National Volunteers' Week
- Sign up for a brand new running event in partnership with the historic Longleat House and Safari Park
- Find out how our first ever May Day Appeal in aid of Homes for Veterans has gone and how you can purchase your very own, limited edition, Homes for Veterans lapel badge.
Here at Alabaré we are often humbled and amazed at the lengths people will go to to support our work. This month, we'd like to highlight two incredible supporters who have taken on their own mighty challenges to help us transform the lives of the most vulnerable amongst us. If you've been inspired to take on your own challenge in aid of our work, please visit our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anne Yates set out from Lands End on the 1st May, with a 1000 mile journey in her sights, and as this newsletter hits your inbox she will be nearing completion of her epic journey having travelled through some truly breathtaking but challenging countryside. Well done Anne! All the money raised from her cycle challenge will go towards our life changing work - if you would like to support her visit Give.net
- If you're local to the Salisbury area, you may have seen Alabaré's Mark Arnold, floating about on the waterways, trying to keep afloat in his adapted tin bath in preparation for the World Tin Bath Championships in July. Mark and his tin bath - HMS Unsinkable - will be taking part in the championships to raise funds and awareness for our life changing work. This will be no mean feat when you consider that he is learning to row whilst also improving his swimming skills! Please spare a thought for Mark and sponsor him via Give.net!
This month, staff, volunteers and the Young People who access our residential and ‘drop in’ youth service in Andover, celebrated it’s new name and conditional accreditation from the nationally renowned Foyer Federation, who transform the lives of young people.
To read more about this story and the support we received from local MP, Kit Malthouse visit our website
Here at Alabaré we are fortunate to work with a huge variety of people, helping to transform lives. People like Jason, who was one of the first residents in one of our Home for Veterans projects located in the South West of England.
Jason joined the 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment in 2002 and served for 9 ½ years, during which he took part in three tours of duty; to Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.
Following his final tour of Afghanistan, Jason decided to leave the Army and he 'signed off' in February 2011. Life unfortunately did not pan out as he had hoped and following a relationship break down, he was forced to live on the streets and 'sofa surf'.
Jason felt like his life had reached rock bottom; he was in debt and had started to drink quite heavily. It was at this point, he approached Alabaré's Homes For Veterans.
"The home was fantastic, and so was the support. One of my support workers was ex-Military himself so instantly knew where I was coming from. The houses's Team Leader was brilliant too, and my co-residents were all from the Forces so we had that common bond. We shared the house hold chores between us and each took turns to cook – I had been a chef in the past, so I was quite popular when it came to meal times!"
Jason spent just over 2 years in the home - head to our website to see how his life has progressed and what he is up to now.
Next month sees Alabaré take part in National Volunteers' Week and we're urging as many people to take part as possible! Could you spare an hour to help transform people's lives? Head over to our websiteto find out about the many different roles we have an offer and help make a difference in your community.
Glow in the Park: Longleat
Tickets for our first ever, mass participation running event at the awe inspiring Longleat House are on sale now and you can take advantage of our early bird discount. Head over to the website to find out how you can save 40% and sign up!
Throughout this month our fantastic Community Fundraising team have been busy raising funds and awareness for Homes for Veterans as part of our May Day Appeal. Over 100 collections have taken place in cities and towns across the UK helping to raise over £8,000 so far! A massive thank you to the 50 volunteers that have helped to support our collections. To order your May Day collection badge please call 01722 344483 - your support will help to keep our Veterans off the streets.