Our Founder, John Proctor, Awarded An OBE In The Queen's 90th Birthday Honours
We are delighted to announce that our founder, Reverend John Proctor has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours.
John has been recognised for the huge contribution he has made to the care of vulnerable, homeless and disadvantaged people across the South West of England and Wales over the last twenty five years.
Alabaré was established by John and his wife, Alicia and the Wiltshire based Alabaré Christian Community and has grown from humble roots, supporting one homeless man in the Proctor’s own Wilton home, to a charity with an annual turn over of nearly £7million and 500 dedicated staff and volunteers. We provide homes and services which include a state of the art Homeless Drop In Centre in the heart of Salisbury, accommodation and support for young people leaving care, development centres for people with Learning Difficulties in Barford and at Old Sarum and specialist homes across the South West of England and Wales for Veterans who struggle to adapt to life in the civilian world.
“I was overwhelmed but delighted when I received news that I would be awarded an OBE in the Queens 90th Birthday Honours. It was a wonderful surprise, but more importantly one that allows me to give recognition where it is due.
“The OBE is awarded for my services to the homeless and vulnerable. A service I could not possibly have achieved on my own. I want to acknowledge the support of the Alabaré Christian Community who helped me start this work more than 30 years ago and to the staff and volunteers of Alabaré Christian Care and Support who have taken this work forward over the last 25 years enabling us to support on average, approximately 3000 vulnerable people a year. But my greatest debt of gratitude is to my wife and four children who have not only had to share their husband and father but at times their home as well. It is their love and support that has enabled me to continue this work which has become a vocation in life.”
The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and Alabaré Patron says of John’s award,
“Alabaré renews the hope, and transforms the lives, of the most marginalised in the community – it is an embodiment of Christian belief that the love of God and love of neighbour as ourselves, go hand in hand. John Proctor was instrumental in setting up Alabaré, which now helps people with housing needs and other vulnerabilities across Wiltshire, Dorset, and beyond. I am therefore delighted that his initial vision, continuing commitment, and work over many years to realise it, have been honoured by Her Majesty.”