30 Years, 30 Voices


Marking 30 years of Alabaré

Our legacy Our legacy
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30 voices
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Simon's story Simon's story
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Supporting Alabaré's future Supporting Alabaré's future
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Our legacy

Our legacy

30 Years, 30 Voices is a celebration of our work since Alabaré was founded in 1991. As part of our celebratory year, we have drawn together 30 voices that are a celebration of lives that we have touched and an illustration of the work that we have done. Each story is shared by someone who has experienced a personal journey with Alabaré.

Over our anniversary year, this will build into a series of stories that evoke the essence of the remarkable individuals with who we have had the privilege to share time over the years. 

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30 voices

Each of our 30 Years, 30 Voices stories reflect at least one of our values and offers unique insight into the individuals’ relationship with Alabaré and represents one of the many people who work with us, as service users, colleagues, Ambassadors or Patrons, volunteers, supporters, or campaigners, Chaplains or partners.

Over the year, every month we will feature a couple of new voices each telling us about their personal experience with Alabaré. For each of these we will identify one of our organisational values that each lie at the heart of the work we do.

 

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30 voices
Simon's story

Simon's story

This month our "voice" features Simon who came to Alabaré Place for 18 months in 2015. Simon is a former University teacher who struggled with alcoholism for more than 30 years, which culminated in him losing custody of his young son and sleeping on benches in and around Warminster. He joined us at a time when in his words he had hit rock bottom.

“You asked how I found Alabaré. Well, I think that Alabaré found me in a way, and it provided me with a safe space in which to get well again. And I did meet some wonderful people, not just staff and volunteers who I can't speak highly enough of, but I also made some friendships with others who were using the facilities, some of which I still maintain.”

Simon goes on to offer some terrific words of encouragement for others who may now be struggling as he did, which you can listen to below. 

Listen to Simon's Story in his own words on our YouTube Channel here...

Supporting Alabaré's future

As the year unfolds and as more stories unfold we hope they encourage you to be a part of our future journey over the next 30 years. Moving into the next 30 years, we are looking to expand our reach and housing availability. Unfortunately, the issue of homelessness is not going away any time soon and for this reason alone we are seeking new ways to provide support and encouragement to those seeking to rebuild their lives.

If you would like to get involved by supporting us as a volunteer, as a Patron or Ambassador, as a work colleague or person of faith we encourage you to reach out in whatever small or large way you can. Most of all we hope each of these voices inspires you in your daily life as stories of generosity, compassion, care and respect. 

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