Celebrating 25 Years

As our 25th Anniversary year draws to a close, we would like to say thank you to all our supporters who have helped make this year a great success.

Here are just a few of our highlights from this year of celebrations:

25th Celebrations at Riverside House

On the 11th March 2016 we held a day of celebration at our head office, Riverside House, in Salisbury. Staff, volunteers and clients all gathered to celebrate Alabaré's achievements over the past 25 years.

Our Founder John Proctor Awarded an OBE

On Tuesday 11th October 2016, our founder John Proctor was awarded his OBE by The Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace. He can be seen here with his wife Alicia.

John was recognised for the contribution he has made to the care of vulnerable, homeless and disadvantaged people over the last twenty five years.

The Duke of Gloucester visits Young Peoples Drop In

On the 3rd June 2016 we welcomed the Duke of Gloucester to our specialist Drop in Centre for young peoples.

The Duke commented, "I think we would all like to think that our young people can grow up in a perfect world where they can become adults and have a perfect career and lead a happy life - but as we know life doesn't always work out this way, and there are many different reasons why we need to help them. It is splendid that Alabaré is here to help provide them with activities and training to help them be a part of their commubities and have useful lifes."

Alabaré welcomes local Members of Parliament 

Throughout our 25th year we welcomed a number of MPs to our Homes who all showed their committment to supported housing and the work Alabaré do every day to prevent homelessness. 

Our thanks go to; John Glen (pictured here meeting a service user at our Drop In Centre), Kit Malthouse, John Penrose, Michelle Donnelan, Claire Perry, Andrew Murrison, Caroline Dineage, Richard Graham, Oliver Colville and Rob Flello.

Glow In The Park: Longleat

On the 10th of September we ran our first mass participation event: Glow In The Park: Longleat! Over 3,300 people joined our amazing UV fun run at the iconic Longleat estate, helping to raise over £26,000 for Alabaré.

The BIG Sleeps get even BIGGER!

In celebration of Alabaré's 25th Anniversary and the 10th anniversary of our annual BIG Sleep, a record breaking number of supporters slept under the stars at Salisbury Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, and St. Asaph Cathedral, raising over £26,000 for Alabaré.

Launching Our Independant Report at The House of Commons

In March 2017 we launched a bespoke report at The House of Commons which looks beneath the headlines of increasing homelessness in the UK. It looks at understanding the problems facing a small, but significant minority of Armed Forces Veterans who are ending up on our streets. 

Our report “Research into the housing-related support needs of homeless veterans” looks at what makes some ex-Armed Forces personnel more susceptible to homelessness than the vast majority who make a successful transition to civilian life, and how organisations can best meet their needs. 

Dedicating our Homes

Throughout this 25th Anniversary year, our Senior Chaplain Keith Thomasson visited a number of Alabaré's Homes and Services to join their celebrations and dedicate the houses.

Pictured - our Learning Disability Home 'Russell House' celebrates our 25th Anniversary in the home's garden on a beautiful summers afternoon.

Residents take part in Art Exhibition

Seven residents from Alabaré Place, our hostel and drop in centre in Salisbury, took part in a unique art show ‘Starting from Scratch’. The exhibition of emotive, multi-media works was on at Waterstones throughout October 2016 and featured work from Shaun (pictured) - Art Therapist and Alabaré Place resident;

"Alabaré Place feels safe, less chaotic. I now have stability and my key workers here are amazing. They have supported me when I am unable to support myself. Alabaré has literally saved my life."

What Alabaré is all about

To find out more about Alabaré's story please watch our video, which includes interviews with our clients as well as our founder, John Proctor.