ENews August 2015

2015 AGM

Our thanks to all who attended and contributed to our AGM held on 15 July. 

It was a wonderful celebration of all the inspiring service users, staff and volunteers, their talents and achievements were deeply moving.                   

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Alabaré  Chaplains in the Spotlight

Pierre (second left) is a Baptist Chaplain, he served for 35 years in the RFA as a chef and latterly as an assistant chaplain. He has also served on the Royal Yacht and in the Queen Mothers Household. As an Alabaré Chaplain Pierre’s doesn’t sit still for long, he is busy forging links with all the churches in South Wales, organising routine outings and activities for the residents in our Wales Homes for Veterans and loves nothing more than sharing his skills and knowledge when it comes to catering and teaches cookery to our residents. 

If you'd like to volunteer for us in any capacity email Mandy Herridge.

Martin Field is warmly welcomed to Alabaré in the new position of Director of Income Generation. 

Fundraising and Marketing at Alabaré has been significantly expanded to meet the growing need and demand for its services, that now stretch from Devon in the South West to Gosport in the South East, and more recently throughout the whole of Wales.  Martin has over 25 years experience in the charity sector much of it helping organisations that provide social care.  His most recent role was at Salisbury Cathedral where he was Development Director and Deputy Chapter Clerk.

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History Talks

This months' talk (Mon 3 Aug from 1:00pm at Boston Tea Party, High St Salisbury) will be on the Magna Carta and Medieval Salisbury. Our Service Users taking part are studying the period towards their NOCN level 1 qualification. A selection of original medieval coins, tools and jewellery will be available for people to see. Please come along, entry is free, make a donation if you wish.

Garden Competition

The Alabaré 2015 Garden Competition has been launched, it is a chance for all 70+ Homes & Services across Alabaré to show off their gardens and horticultural endeavours. Will the Weymouth Homes for Veterans retain their crown from 2014?

Our Four-legged Friends

Alabaré has recently enrolled in the Hope Project run by the Dogs Trust. It is a scheme that provides information on which hostels will accept dogs, and also allows people who are homeless to access veterinary care including free micro-chipping, vaccinations and neutering without huge cost. On 7 September Project Nurse, Heather Cutmore will be visiting Alabaré Place to offer free health checks and treatments to any service users with a dog.

Curry Night 6 Aug from 7:00pm 

Join us for a fun night of curry, beer and auctioning as we raise awareness and funds for the Bristol Homes for Veterans at The Army Reserve Centre, Horfield Common, Bristol, BS7 0XL. 

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Our thanks to the crew of volunteers from Joint Aircraft Recovery & Transportation Squadron (JARTS), Boscombe Down for helping us clear some heavy scrub at our Old Sarum Development Centre.  These guys are worldwide ‘First Responders’ should there be an MOD aircraft disaster or the need to transport an aircraft from a crash site. At the Centre we have a large wooded area that had become overgrown and unusable and the team used this to hone their chainsaw, brush cutting and clearing skills.  Thanks to Cpl Jim Keating, SAC Luke Patterson, Cpl Jay Anderson, SAC Jonathan Garrett and Simon Phillips.

Help for our Veterans 

Trustees of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, on behalf of all the Regiments and Corps of the Army, have approved a grant of £108,000 towards our ‘Homes for Veterans’ in Bristol, Gloucester, Carmarthen, Pontypridd, Cardiff, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno Junction. The money will help fund staff members in the locations as well as maintain existing homes. Our sincere thanks to ABF The Soldiers' Charity for their support. We hope this donation will lead to further support from other sources in the sector too. 

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