ENews April 2016

In this month's Alabaré Network News you'll be able to:


Fabulous Fundraisers 

Here at Alabaré we are often humbled and amazed at the lengths people will go to to support our work.  This month, we'd like to highlight two incredible supporters who have taken on their own mighty challenges to help us in our bid to transform the lives of the most vulnerable amongst us.  If you've been inspired to take on your own challenge in aid of our work, please visit our website or email enquiries@alabare.co.uk  

Our very own Trustee, and serving soldier, James Lang, took on and completed the Marathon Des Sables this month. That's an eye watering 6 day, 155 mile, non stop race across the Moroccan Sahara.  Read about his experiences here.








Mike Roberts is well and truly getting into the Olympic spirit by pledging to cycle the distance between Plymouth and Rio on a static exercise bike before the opening ceremony begins in August.

Mike, whose hoping to raise as much money as possible for Plymouth Homes for Veterans, will be cycling approximately 30 miles a day in order to complete the 5,500 mile challenge.  

Read more about his story here or visit his fundraising page


Dedicated Followers of Fashion! 

This month our Learning Disability Team took on the likes of Dior and Prada and 'sashayed' their way down the runway in their very own fashion extravaganza.  All the outfits on show were styled and produced by staff and Service Users who scoured the rails at Alabaré’s Salisbury charity shop and Emporium for outfits to upcycle into designer inspired fashion ensembles.  A huge thanks to Toni & Guy Salisbury who generously gave their time and expertise as well as Wiltshire College who allowed us to use their venue. 
All money raised from the evening will go directly to Alabaré’s life changing work with people with Learning Disabilities.  Through Alabaré’s homes and services, people with Learning Disabilities are able to take control of their lives and live the life they choose.  Alabaré offer a range of support and training opportunities to clients in their own homes, within Alabaré’s supported accommodation and at their training facilities at Barford St Martin and Old Sarum.  


Exciting New Developments in South Wales 

We paid a visit to an exciting new Homes for Veterans project in Swansea this month. We are working with Pobl Group to provide accommodation for vulnerable veterans at the former Clydach War Memorial Hospital and the building work is progressing quickly!

Four apartments within the historic hospital will be available to Veterans with support provided by the Wales Homes for Veterans team. The project should be open by April 2017 and will strengthen our personalised support for Veterans in South Wales.


Meet our Service Users 

Here at Alabaré we are fortunate to work with a huge variety of people, helping to transform people's lives.  People like Molly, who was a resident at Barnabas House.

Mollie moved into Barnabas House when she was just 17 years old having been through a number of other supported accommodation sites after moving out of her family home where she had been a ‘young carer’ to both her parents.

Mollie says,

“Life was pretty tough before I moved to Barnabas House; although I had been to college and gained qualifications to be a carer, I didn’t have much direction or a place that I could call my own.  The team at Barnabas House and especially my Key Worker, Steph, changed all that.  They helped me get on the right track, encouraged me to go back to College and helped me to get my own place.  I’m now living in Devizes and thinking about attending college and I’m excited about the future.  Barnabas House truly changed my life.”



Glow In The Park: Longleat is our first ever mass participation event and is the perfect combination of a work out and a night out! It's the ultimate night time, neon 6km fun run for families and friends and will take place on Saturday 10th September. 

Electrifying light shows and energizing beats will carry participants around the night time course, past the iconic Longleat House and through the grounds, as they get their Glow On in the Foam Zone, powder up in the UV Paint Blast Zone and groove through the Time Tunnel. 

Head to www.glowinthepark.co.uk to register your interest and purchase your tickets! All registered runners will receive a pack that includes a head band, UV facepaint, neon bracelets and a bib number


May Day Appeal 2016 

This year we are launching our inaugural #MayDayAppeal which we hope will be a huge success!  We really need volunteers to give a helping hand at our May Day Appeal 2016 Collections. To contact your local Community Fundraiser click here, or for more information email, fundraising@alabare.co.uk.  For more information, visit our website