Wales Homes For Veterans Opens New Home In Wrexham To Support Ex-Service Men And Women

Wales Homes for Veterans Opens New Home in Wrexham to support ex-Service Men and Women

Alabaré and Wales Homes for Veterans are delighted to announce the opening of a new, purpose built home developed by First Choice Housing Association.  The project has been funded using MOD Veterans’ Accommodation Fund monies, to help support Veterans who are struggling with the transition to civilian life.

The home, which is the third residence in North Wales to be managed by Wales Homes for Veterans, sees the charity’s provision for Veterans in North Wales rise from ten bed spaces to twenty three and across Wales from forty four to fifty seven.

First Choice Housing Association was established in 1988 and provides quality accommodation solutions for people with disabilities, Veterans and additional complex needs across Wales and Shropshire.  They aim to be the provider of choice for local authorities to deliver well-designed homes in which people with a range of specialist needs, disabilities and Veterans can lead fulfilling lives. 

Ty Dewr offers 12 en-suite bedrooms in this newly refurbished, high quality building set in a tranquil area with easy access to the town centre, with a Trim Track gymnasium built into the grounds. One room offers full wheelchair access.

Wales Homes for Veterans will provide support for those struggling to make the transition into civilian life, and are facing homelessness from reasons including relationship breakdown, mental or physical ill health and debt. Therapeutic training will also be available at the nearby Erlas Victorian Walled Garden project.

Homes for Veterans is an initiative of Alabaré, a charity who have been caring for the South West and Wales’ most vulnerable people for 25 years by providing shelter, practical and emotional support.  Homes for Veterans was launched when the charity identified a need for bespoke homeless services for those in the Veteran community who were struggling to adjust to life in the civilian world.  The initiative now has 24 homes across the South West of England and Wales and can accommodate up to127 residents at any one time.

Wales Homes for Veterans supports Service Users like  Rhys*, who was referred to us by a community care society who had some very real concerns for his health and wellbeing.

In 2015, Rhys moved into one of our homes in Carmarthenshire where, with the help of our team of experts, he was able to begin to rebuild his life.   Rhys says,

“When I came to Alabaré’s Wales Homes for Veterans I was in a very bad place. I was self harming, had no support from anyone and life seemed very bleak indeed. 

“When I met my support worker he was very calm, listened to what I had to say and showed me that there is always a solution.

“Accepting the accommodation from Wales Homes for Veterans has changed my life and without them I do not know where I would be now.  Their support has allowed me to take steps that, four months ago, I would never have thought possible.  I am moving into my own place, getting a new passport and hoping to travel again, and I have the confidence to enter into a new relationship.

“I cannot praise the work that Wales Homes for Veterans and Alabaré  do highly enough. They have literally saved my life and given me hope and support for the future.”

Rachel McCartney, Care and Support Manager for Alabaré ‘s Wales Homes For Veterans continues,

“This is a fantastic new home and has been designed with the needs of Veterans like Rhys in mind. There is a trim trail in the grounds and wonderful opportunities for our residents to volunteer and learn new skills from the activities provided within the nearby Victorian Walled Garden. It is an exciting time for all involved and we can’t wait to begin our work.

“To apply for a place in the home, please visit http://www.waleshomesforveterans.co.uk or email p.mayers@alabare.co.uk or phone 07500788147.”

Speaking about the opening of the new home, Andrew Lord, Chief Executive of Alabaré said,

“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with First Choice Housing Association, providing outstanding care and accommodation for some of North Wales’ most vulnerable men and women.  Without First Choice’s dedication and hard work attracting the capital funding from the LIBOR fund, this amazing project would not have been possible.

“Ty Dewr offers Veterans the very best in care and support, providing them with a pathway back to independent living.  Our team of experts will be with these ex-service men and women every step of the way, ensuring that they are given the best possibility chance to progress through life.”

Hilary Ryan, Chief Executive of First Choice Housing Association said

“We are very proud to be presenting our first Veterans’ accommodation funded through the MOD VAF fund and are grateful for the partnership support from the MOD, Alabaré and Wrexham CBC. We look forward to receiving the first residents and in due course seeing the impact the accommodation and support will have on them. Plans are at an advanced stage for a Veterans self-build project in Wrexham with recruitment anticipated in Spring 2016.

For more information about Wales Homes for Veterans and the work which they do, please visit, http://www.waleshomesforveterans.co.uk

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