Director Of The Office For Veterans' Affairs Visits Alabaré

Director of the Office for Veterans' Affairs visits Alabaré
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We are delighted to welcome Jessie Owen, Director of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs, who has joined us today to find out more about our services for vulnerable Armed Forces veterans. 

Alabaré have twenty Homes for Veterans across the South and South-West, and across Wales, providing a home to over a hundred veterans every night who would otherwise be homeless.  The veterans we support have struggled in their civilian lives and become homeless for many different reasons.  These could include problems such as relationship breakdowns, poor mental or physical health, debts or addictions.

Jessie was able to speak to our Operations Manager for Veterans, Anne Williams, and visit one of our Homes for Veterans in Salisbury to meet some of the veterans who are living with Alabaré today, and some of those who have moved on successfully to the next step in their journey to independence.

Our Chief Operations Officer Ken Hames was able to brief Jessie on the benefits of our Veterans Self-Build scheme, which gives veterans the opportunity to gain skills in the construction industry whilst helping to build homes they will be able to live in.  She heard from our social enterprise team about the opportunities we have supporting veterans’ mental health and wellbeing through our Field Kitchen and Boots on the Ground projects.

Director of the Office for Veterans' Affairs Jessie Owen said:

"It was wonderful to meet the team at Alabaré to learn about how veterans will gain skills in the construction industry on their self build project.

"The self-building scheme will allow veterans to develop transferable skills for the workforce while achieving housing security.

"It was also a privilege to talk to veterans being helped by Alabare’s supported housing for veterans and learn about the important role supported housing plays in getting veterans somewhere safe to live and back on their feet."

We were also joined by Emily Higson, Corporate Support Manager, and Andy Hadrick, Armed Forces Outreach Officer, at Wiltshire Council, who reflected on Wiltshire’s status as military county and the  mobile veterans outreach service which is delivered across the region.