ENews October 2015

Welcome to our October ENews!

We've had a busy month here at Alabaré so take some time to read our latest goings on. We have lots of interesting activities coming up including The BIG Sleep Salisbury, so stay tuned in to our social media and stay in the know!

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Let's pull together to aid refugees...

If you read the Salisbury Journal or follow us on social media, you will have seen our Chairman's public call to help Syrian Refugees who are likely to arrive in the UK soon. We have been very encouraged by the many offers of help we have had so far, from houses to furnishings, to monetary donations and volunteer hours. Thank you so much. 

So what is the next step? Well, we anticipate that Wiltshire Council will organise the county response. We are working with the County Council, MP for Salisbury John Glen, the Bishop and diocese of Salisbury, other local churches and voluntary bodies to coordinate the response from Salisbury. The plan is to ensure that Salisbury is best placed to help once we have details of who will be coming here and what their specific needs will be. Once we do, we will be in touch with all of you to take up your kind offers of help.  

While Syrian refugees continue to be in the national news, we continue to help vulnerable people every day who are homeless and in crisis and do not make the headlines. As such we are extremely grateful for your ongoing support that makes this possible.

Andrew House team conquer Bristol half marathon

Andrew House Resident Shane Cardwell and Volunteer Craig Owens tackled the Bristol Half Marathon this month, completing the course in an incredible 2 hours and 17 minutes. Their efforts have raised over £500 for Andrew House. 

Congratulations Shane and Craig and a big thank you to all who sponsored them!

Alabaré's Bristol Home for Veterans is excited to welcome the Walking With the Wounded "Walk of Britain" team on Tuesday 6th October. 

The Walk of Britain expedition will see four British and two US wounded veterans walk 1,000 miles across mainland Britain, starting in Scotland on August 22nd and finishing at Buckingham Palace on November 1st. You can see the full route here

Follow us on social media to see the latest updates and photos...

My "Happy Mondays" group outing, by Nicky Grant

"Happy Mondays" is a weekly activity group for adults with learning disabilities. 

"I went to Salisbury Museum, we took sandwiches with us. The museum is in the Cathedral Close, there were 10 of us.

We looked at the Turner paintings, he did a lot of scenery in quick strokes, but they were really good.

The guides told us that Turner showed people round to look at the paintings, there was a finishing day and Turner had a room where they weren’t completed, and as he was showing off his paintings he went around with a paint brush and did a quick stroke or squiggle and it always turned into something that was really clever. 

All of us went to see some costumes, I tried one on and Amy took photos. Then we had our sandwiches in Sarum College which was in the Close as well, it was a good day out."

Funding Success!

Our Homes for Veterans are completely dependant on voluntary donations. We are extremely grateful to those organisations and individuals who have funded our homes over the past year. 

This month we would like to say a special thank you to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity who gave us a grant of £35,000.  Please click here to see their latest campaign.

Paula Philp nominated for Pride of Andover award

Congratulations to Alabaré Service Manager, Paula Philp, who has been nominated for a Pride of Andover award. 

Paula works with Young People at The Junction: an information, advice, training and guidance centre for young people aged between 13 and 25 in the Test Valley area of Hampshire. The Junction is part of our Test Valley Foyer.

Paula also voluntarily runs "STEPS": a social group where people aged 16+ with learning disabilities can meet to socialise, take part in educational and fun activities and gain valuable life skills. 

Congratulations Paula and thank you for all your hard work at Alabaré!

Volunteering at Alabaré


Here are a few of the latest vacancies we have at the moment...

  • Salisbury Volunteer reception support
  • Salisbury Volunteer furniture repairs & DIY in our warehouse
  • Amesbury Charity Shop volunteer 
  • Volunteer Befriender 
  • Salisbury Old Sarum Client Supporter
  • Fundraising volunteer collectors 
  • Fundraising community champions

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us, please give us a call on 01722 322882.


We urgently need your help at our Christmas Street Collections. If you could spare an hour to hold one of our tins and help raise funds towards our vital work, then please do get in touch. We have collections coming up across the South, South West and Wales. Please call us on 07500 664 674.