ENews January 2016

Dear Friend,

2016 is a special year for Alabaré as we celebrate our Silver Anniversary; 25 years of transforming the lives of the South West of England and Wales’ most vulnerable and marginalised.

We were founded by John and Alicia Proctor and the Alabaré Christian Community and have grown from humble roots, supporting one homeless man in their own Wilton  home, to a charity with an annual turn over of nearly £7 million and a dedicated staff of over 250 people.  Our services include a state of the art Homeless Drop In Centre in the heart of Salisbury, accommodation and support for young people and those leaving care, a development centre for people with Learning Disabilities  in Barford and Old Sarum and specialist homes across the South West of England and Wales  for Veterans who struggle to adapt to life in the civilian world.

There is much to rejoice about this year and we hope that you will join us in our celebrations – our anniversary celebrations will launch in March so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out what’s going on and to see how you can get involved.

With warmest wishes,

Andrew Lord
Chief Executive
Alabaré Christian Care & Support 

The Big Sleep 2016

2016 also sees Alabaré celebrate the 10th anniversary of our flagship Sleep Out event at Salisbury Cathedral.  This year, in honour of its land mark birthday, we have renamed the event The BIG Sleep, and we’re hoping to raise more money than ever before to help support our life changing work.

Places for  Salisbury’s The BIG Sleep, which will take place on the 4th of March, are limited, so head to our website to sign up and take part in a truly extraordinary event. 

Don’t worry if you are unable to attend the Salisbury event – to celebrate a decade of success we are rolling out The BIG Sleep to a number of regional events, so you can now join us at a BIG Sleep in Bristol, Gloucester, West Usk in South Wales and St Asaph in North Wales.  And if that wasn’t enough we are also supporting fundraisers to help them organise their own BIG Sleeps!  For more information and to find out how you can sign up email fundraising@alabare.co.uk .

Alabaré Director, Martin Field, explains why the BIG Sleep is so vital in helping the most vulnerable in our society,

“The BIG Sleep, although a fun night, does have a serious side to it; it gives us a small insight into the challenging world of people who sleep rough, or in unsuitable accommodation, every night.  Once we've rolled up our sleeping bags and tucked into some hot soup, we’ll be able to head home to a warm bed and a secure home.  Unfortunately, the reality for rough sleepers is not so bright.
“But that’s where Alabaré steps in.   All the money raised from Salisbury’s The BIG Sleep will help support people using our Drop In Centre in the heart of Salisbury, Alabaré Place.  The centre provides a safe and welcoming day time shelter to people who are homeless, facing homelessness or are living in unsuitable or unstable accommodation.  They offer hot food and drink, showers, laundry facilities, a clothing bank and advice and practical help to manage a range of issues including housing, benefits and health. Money raised from our satellite events will be used to help fund our bespoke homeless services for Veterans, Homes for Veterans.  This initiative helps to transform the lives of Veterans who are struggling to cope with civilian life by providing them with a supportive home environment and practical support.  

“Alabaré Place and the other homes which  Alabaré  run are beacons of hope for the homeless and vulnerable  and we couldn't be prouder of our incredible supporters and their amazing fundraising efforts.”

Winter Provision Rolled Out by Alabaré

It is only the end of January and already we have rolled out the Severe Weather Emergency Provision, also known as SWEP or Winter Provision.  This occurs when the temperature drops below zero for three consecutive nights, enabling us to offer emergency overnight accommodation, hot evening meals, showers and breakfast for up to seven individuals.

We’re often asked what people should do if they are worried about someone who is homeless or is at risk of homelessness, especially when the weather is as volatile as it has been recently.  We would always recommend contacting Street Link who will connect the rough sleeper to their local support and service team via their local council.

Wales Homes for Veterans Opens New Home in Wrexham to support ex-Service Men and Women

Alabaré and Wales Homes for Veterans are delighted to announce the opening of a new, purpose built home developed by First Choice Housing Association.  The project has been funded using MOD Veterans’ Accommodation Fund monies, to help support Veterans who are struggling with the transition to civilian life.
The home, which is the third residence in North Wales to be managed by our team, sees the Wales Homes for Veterans provision in North Wales rise from ten bed spaces to twenty three and across Wales from forty four to fifty seven.

To find out more about this story, visit our website.

News in Brief

Christmas Campaign raises over £16,000

We are thrilled to announce that our Christmas campaign has raised £16,062.14, a truly staggering amount.  We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the campaign by donating and offering messages of support to our Service Users.  Your generosity means that we were not only able to distribute kit bags to those in urgent need, but can continue to offer ongoing support and care to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

New Mini Bus for Service Users and Staff At Our Development Centres in Salisbury

January got off to a great start as we were awarded a grant from The Wiltshire Community Foundation which enabled us to lease a brand new mini bus!  The project will allow our Service Users the opportunity to access a wide range of learning experiences that will provide them with life skills, build confidence and independence.  We are currently working on the livery for the mini bus and will share it with you as soon as we have pictures.

Big Lottery Fund Wales Grant Awarded

We were delighted to be awarded a generous grant from The Big Lottery Fund Wales to help the residents of our Wales Homes for Veterans access equipment that will facilitate their recovery and enable them to form connections with members of the community, encouraging them to join local clubs and groups.  
The grant will fund eight bicycles, gardening tools and equipment, plants and outdoor pursuit activities.  

Dates for your Diary

3rd March 2016
The Big Sleep –South Wales  

4th March 2016
The Big Sleep – Salisbury – celebrating our 10th Sleep Out at Salisbury Cathedral

 4th March 2016
The Big Sleep – North Wales

11th March 2016 
The Big Sleep – Bristol

11th March 2016
The Big Sleep – Gloucester  

Volunteer Opportunity of the Month

If you’d like to make a difference to someone’s life, why not consider a role as a volunteer?  This month we have a number of great opportunities including:

  • Volunteer Gardener
  • Volunteer Activity Trainer
  • Volunteer Craft Organiser

For more information on these roles and many others, please visit our website.

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