£70,000 From The Royal British Legion

£70,000 from The Royal British Legion

Alabaré receives £70,000 from The Royal British Legion to support Homes for Veterans

The Royal British Legion has awarded a £70,000 grant to Alabaré Christian Care and Support towards the running costs of its Homes for Veterans in Plymouth and Weymouth.

Alabaré’s partnership with The Royal British Legion dates back to 2009 when the Legion’s funding enabled the charity to open its first Home for Veterans in Plymouth. This was quickly followed by the opening of Weymouth Home for Veterans in December 2010.

Since then, The Legion’s support has helped Alabaré to open a further two further homes in each of the towns, meaning dedicated support can now be offered to a total of 19 individuals at any one time.

Andrew Lord, CEO for Alabaré, said:

“We have developed an excellent model of support for veterans. This model has been informed through our close work with The Royal British Legion which has proved invaluable; we appreciate our strong working relationship and hope it will continue long into the future.”

Daniel Elser, Head of External Grants at The Royal British Legion, said:

“The transition to civilian life after a career in the Armed Forces can be difficult. Sadly, a minority of veterans struggle and find themselves in circumstances resulting in homelessness.

“The Legion is committed to supporting those in the Armed Forces community at every stage of life, no matter the hardships they may be facing. We are proud to support Alabaré in its ambition to provide support for homeless veterans.”

Engaging and connecting with the beneficiaries is crucial to the success of Alabaré’s work with the veterans. Managing their journey from the complex multiple needs at the initial stage of them becoming a resident, through to independent living, is at the heart of the provision.

The Homes for Veterans provide a safe environment which the men and women can rebuild confidence and focus on their future. With help from Alabaré’s trained support staff the residents can address any underlying issues that have contributed to their homelessness, issues may include financial debt, addiction, mental health problems or relationship breakdowns.

Within Alabaré’s Veterans initiative 100+ bed spaces have been developed in 24 dedicated Homes for Veterans. The homes are located in Plymouth, Gosport, Fareham, Weymouth, Salisbury, Bristol, Gloucester, Pontypridd, Carmarthen and Cardiff. Almost 300 vulnerable veterans of working age have been already been supported.

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