Bishop June Osborne Becomes Alabaré Patron

Bishop June Osborne becomes Alabaré Patron

We are delighted to welcome Bishop June Osborne as a Patron of the charity. The Bishop of Llandaff will have a focus on supporting our work with homeless and vulnerable Veterans throughout Wales.

June Osborne, DL (born 10 June 1953) is a British Anglican bishop. Since July 2017, she has served as the Bishop of Llandaff in the Church in Wales. Between 2004 and 2017, she served as the Dean of Salisbury, and was the first woman to head one of England's medieval cathedrals. In April 2017, it was announced that she would be the next Bishop of Llandaff in the Church in Wales; she was confirmed on 14 July and consecrated the 72nd Bishop of Llandaff on 15 July 2017.

Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans Cymru provide dedicated support to Veterans in North and South Wales - specifically; Cardiff, Pontypridd, Swansea, Carmarthen and Conwy. Across their nine homes, there are a total of 44 bed spaces for homeless veterans. As well as providing Veterans with accommodation, Homes for Veterans Cymru also offer help around issues such as employment and training to help residents make a successful transition in to civilian life.

Upon her appointment, Bishop June Osborne said;

“It’s a very great privilege to take up my new role as Patron of Alabaré Christian Care and Support. I have long admired the work Alabaré does amongst those who are most vulnerable, and especially amongst veterans here in Wales.  In these days when compassion and generosity are crucial to us supporting our local communities, I hope I can play a small part in strengthening the care which is offered.”

Malcolm Cassells, Alabaré Chairman commented;

“I am delighted to welcome Bishop June Osborne as a patron of Alabaré. As the Bishop of Llandaff, June is familiar with the work of Alabaré in Wales centred on veterans, and previously, as Dean of Salisbury Cathedral, she was supportive of the work that we do.

Our Ambassadors in Wales have become increasingly active over the past year and it is they who successfully initiated the approach to Bishop June. It is really good news to have a patron who is from Wales and who can be a part of the excellent work which is being undertaken there.”

Major General (Retd) Robert Talbot Rice CBE, late Welsh Guards, Chair of H4V-Cymru ambassadors, added;

"On behalf of all the Homes for Veterans Cymru (H4V-Cymru) ambassadors, I am delighted to welcome Bishop June as Patron.  H4V-Cymru plays a vital role in housing homeless Welsh men and women who have served their country.  Bishop June’s personal support and advice mean a great deal to us, and her patronage also gives well deserved recognition to H4V-Cymru’s dedicated staff, their achievements, and their continuing selfless commitment and care in these challenging times."