ENews November 2015
Winter is now well and truly upon as and putting the clocks back marks the start of a busy time of year for our work with the homeless, as life on the streets becomes even more hazardous. Our life saving work helps to support people like Peter;
"My home was repossessed just after Christmas, on the 27th December, and I was homeless. I presented myself to the local authority where a Support Worker then referred me to Alabaré. They interviewed me and offered me accommodation in one of the shared houses in Gosport."
This month’s ENews has all the latest goings-on at Alabaré as we gear up for a busy winter ahead. Of course we welcome your views and comments, do please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Lord, CEO
Lighting Up Lives This Christmas
With Christmas fast approaching, our thoughts turn to those for whom the festive season isn’t so easy. This year we are launching our Christmas appeal ‘Lighting up Lives’ to help those in need. Watch out for a special mailing coming out in the next few weeks.
There has been a flurry of activity across Wales and we’d like to say a huge ‘diolch’ to all those who support us there.
In East Wales, we received the final fundraising total from Persimmon Homes East Wales Dinner Dance, which they held for us in August. Nearly 250 people waltzed the night away and raised nearly £15,000.
Martin Smith, Managing Director for Persimmon Homes East Wales, said:
“We had a fantastic night and we were delighted to raise such a huge sum of money for Alabaré. It’s a fantastic charity. In Wales they are focussing on the needs of vulnerable, homeless ex-service personnel with a goal of setting up 140 bed spaces within the next two years."
In other Welsh news, as we go to print, our partnership with First Choice Housing is going from strength to strength. Alabaré and First Choice Housing Association are proud to be working together to deliver dedicated accommodation and support to vulnerable ex-Armed Forces personnel in Wales. The Wrexham Project is steaming ahead with the projected hand over of 12 ensuite rooms (one with wheel chair access) looking set to happen by the end of November.
Visit our website to find out more about the work we do across Wales.
Walking With The Wounded visit Homes for Veterans
Alabaré were thrilled to host Walking With The Wounded’s Walk of Britain Team in early October at the Merchant Venturer’s House in Filton. The six strong Walking With The Wounded Team stopped by for coffee and to meet the residents of the main Bristol Homes for Veterans on day 46 of their journey. Two residents from Alabaré’s Bristol and Gloucester Homes for Veterans joined the walkers on the Bristol to Bath leg of the journey.
The Walk of Britain is a 1,000-mile journey over 10 weeks, through Scotland, Wales, and England and is highlighting the extraordinary determination of those injured in combat.
SHAPE-ing up Nicely For Success
A group of 18 intrepid service men and women are preparing to undertake an epic feat of endurance to raise money for Alabaré and The Royal British Legion. The group will complete a total of 100 marathons in 8 days across 6 countries and over 4,000km – ending in the NATO HQ SHAPE. To help support the team visit www.justgiving.com/100marathons or, if you're feeling inspired, head to our website to find out how you can get involved in a fundraising event or challenge.
Alabaré’s Tale of Retail
It’s been a busy month for our Retail Teams across the organisation!
October saw the opening of our 9th charity shop in the South West; our first specialist Mother and Baby Shop. The shop, located on the High Street in Andover’s town centre, was officially opened by Councillor Iris Anderson, The Mayor of Test Valley, and on its first day, took a brilliant £290, resulting in many of the shelves being stripped bare! Needless to say, the shop are on the look out for items to sell, so, if you have anything you would like to donate, please get in touch directly with the store (01264 359 447).
We've also taken a bold step into the world of online shopping by launching our very own ebay store. Already we have had some fascinating items put up for auction, including two vintage Paddington Bear cuddly toys, which were a big hit at Riverside House!
Finally – do you know anyone in the Southampton area who might like to volunteer in our shops? We have two wonderfully well stocked shops in Totton that are in need of some passionate volunteers to help us re-launch the stores. If you know anyone with a desire to help out in their local community, drop us an email at email@example.com
Calling all Heroes
At Alabaré, we are lucky to work with an amazing group of supporters, fundraisers and volunteers and we’d love to shine a light on their incredible work. The Salisbury Journal, Spire FM and Wiltshire Life are hoping to find the County’s finest inhabitants and reward their dedicated work. If you think you know someone who deserves recognition, why not nominate them for an award?
Dates for Your Diary
21st November 2015
Join our team at Barford (Dairy Road, Barford St Martin, SP3 4AT) for their annual Christmas Fair (12-3 pm) where they will be selling delicious home made cakes and light lunches. Also for sale will be pottery and woodwork handmade by our clients as well as craft stalls from the village.
28th November 2015
Why not get into the festive spirit and join us at Alabaré HQ (Riverside House) for our Christmas Fair between 10am and 2pm. We’d love to see you and begin the festive celebrations in style!
10th December 2015
Join us at Riverside House for our Christmas Carol service. We’ll be kicking off the singing at midday and refreshments will be provided.
4th March 2016
Help us to celebrate 10 years of our flagship event “The Sleep Out’ by taking part in our BIG Sleep. Our annual event in the breath-taking grounds of Salisbury Cathedral will be taking place on March 4th and we're hoping for a record breaking number of participants in 2016.
If you can’t make our Salisbury event, why not see if you can take part in a number of other BIG Sleep’s that will be taking place across the South West. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, why not organise your own event?