It's been another busy month here at Alabaré. We have welcomed MP for North West Hampshire, Kit Malthouse, to our young peoples' supported housing in Andover and Andrew Murrison MP for South West Wiltshire who visited our Trowbridge leaving care project. We are also celebrating with our founder Reverend John Proctor who was presented with his well deserved OBE this month.
Reverend John Proctor OBE
Huge congratulations to our founder, Reverend John Proctor, who was presented with his OBE by The Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 11th October 2016. He can be seen here with his wife Alicia.
John was recognised in the Queen's 90th birthday honours this year, for his contribution to the care of vulnerable, homeless and disadvantaged people across the South, South West of England and Wales over the last twenty five years.
The Big Sleep Stonehenge
Alabaré and the Royal Artillery Garrison at Larkhill have joined forces with English Heritage to host a BIG Sleep event at Stonehenge. Nearly 150 people from the local military community slept out over night at the Stonehenge visitor centre on Friday 7th October. The event was the brainchild of Sodexo Defence and Lieutenant Colonel David Penniall of the Royal Artillery Garrison.
Those sleeping out were from local Armed Forces camps, employees and families of Sodexo Defence and other defence contractors. Each sleeper pledged in advance to raise £100 for Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans projects in the region; ensuring that there is accommodation and support available to ex-Service personnel who would otherwise be facing the crisis of homelessness.
Starting from Scratch - Homeless Art Exhibition
Seven residents from Alabaré Place, local homeless charity Alabaré’s hostel and drop in centre, are taking part in a unique art show in Salisbury called ‘Starting from Scratch’. The exhibition of emotive, multi-media works is on at Waterstones Salisbury branch from 9th October until 6th November 2016.
‘Starting from Scratch’ is part of the city-wide art project, ‘The Word is in the Streets (Do I Know You)’. Read more here.
Boost for The Junction
A huge thank you to health plan provider Simplyhealth who have donated £4751 to The Junction in Andover, to provide sensory equipment for adults with learning disabilities.
The donation was brought about earlier in the year when Councillor Iris Andersen contacted Simplyhealth about the service, and the need for equipment to be used within the sensory room and during counselling sessions. Read more here.
Joining the Alabaré Board
Alicia Proctor, wife of John is now rejoined our Board of Trustees. Alicia and John founded our charity in 1991, having offered shelter to homeless and vulnerable people in their own home for some years before.
"I am so proud to have played a small part in the incredible story of Alabaré, and am truly inspired by the wonderful team who share their lives and talents, recognising our need for one another," said Alicia.