February Network News
Welcome to the February edition of our Network News. Well, the weather hasn’t given us the best start to the year, and we do hope you haven’t been too badly affected. The weather hasn’t stopped us getting on with everything we have planned for 2014 at Alabaré. Check out our rundown of the last month, and what we've got coming up below.
Our annual Sleep Out has now reached its 8th year of helping us to raise funds to support homeless in our Salisbury and Trowbridge Drop In Centres. The Sleep Outs will take place in the cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral, and in the United Church in Trowbridge on the 21st March. Everyone who attends and raises a minimum of sponsorship will receive an official Sleep Out coffee tumbler. This is the first year we’ve given these away, so don’t miss out on your chance to own one!
If you’d like to get involved, all you have to do is dust off your camping gear and sign up now – You can let us know if you’ll be joining us on the night by signing up to our Salisbury and Trowbridge event pages – why not tell your friends about it too!
If you can’t ‘sleep out’ why not ‘sleep over’ instead? Check out our volunteering post at the bottom of the page for more information.
On the 7th February, the Alabaré Happy Mondays Writing Workshop Group presented their 2014 Pantomime ‘Snow White and the Seven Hoodies’ at St Marks Church. The night was a resounding success, and raised over £1000 towards our learning disability services. Thank you to everyone who came along, and to all of the Salisbury businesses which contributed items to the night’s raffle. Click here for a recap of the show!
An extra burst of congratulations goes out to Amy Henstridge, Steve McAuliffe and John King. Amy and Steve work for Alabaré’s learning disability services and run the Happy Mondays Writing Workshop Group, and John volunteers in the group. They’ve each been awarded with Inspire Awards this month for all of the hard work and effort they put in to the writing and production of this year’s pantomime!
We’re on track to open our first Wales Home for Veterans in Pontypridd this Spring, and are thrilled to announce that we now have our Welsh team in place. Click here for the full story.
WWI Presentation & Reception
Our Wiltshire Ambassadors would like to invite you to an evening at Riverside House that’s in support of our Homes for Veterans. The aim of the evening is to contribute to the memory of those who gave so much in WW1. This year marks 100 years since the start of the war, and we believe this is the perfect time to increase awareness of the support we provide to those in need, especially to veterans. Tickets are still available for the event. Please click here to find out more.
We want to extend a big thank you to Simply Health for their kind donation made towards our Sound Wave music project.
The project started in October last year and takes place at The Junction in Andover. The Junction doesn’t currently have recording or mixing provisions for our students. Instead the students visit Alabaré Place to use their state of the art recording studio each week. The studio allows the students to develop their skills in production and song engineering.
There are more than thirty students currently enrolled on the course. The financial and logistical implications for weekly trips to Salisbury has been challenging but due to Simply Health’s funding contribution we have been able to take our students to their weekly recording sessions and engineering workshops. The confidence the students have gained from these sessions is amazing, and has gone a long way in helping them become more confident and self reliant in their general lives. Click here to read about Hannah’s experience of the Sound Wave project.
Thank you again to Simply Health for the massive contribution they have made to our Sound Wave students!
Click here to find out more about arts & music at Alabaré.
We had a visit from a very special group of young people at Riverside House this month. Youth Action Wiltshire’s group of Young Carers volunteered their time to help us sort out the donations we’ve received in our warehouse for our shops.
Young carers have significant caring responsibilities for a member of their family. The Youth Action Wiltshire groups offer support to 18-24 year olds who have additional needs, helping them access training and accreditation opportunities.These young people do so much already – from everyone at Alabaré we’d like to thank you very much for all your help at Riverside House!
Natalie took part in our annual pantomime this month, and was fantastic in her role as the ‘Clumsy Hoodie’. She also volunteers at Cafe Delicious every week: click here to watch Natalie talk about her Alabaré Life.
Most people get sacked for sleeping on the job, but not at Alabaré! We’re looking for volunteers to sleep over at a number of our homes. If you’d like more information about Alabaré sleep overs, or if you have any questions about volunteering please email our Volunteer Co-Ordinator Mandy Herridge or call her on 01722 322882. Click here to find out more about volunteering with us.
What’s coming up at Alabaré in March?
1st March - Radnor Hall Barn Dance
Get your dancing shoes on for the event on Saturday 1st March. Read More
2nd March - Old Stuff Day
A day all about having a good clear out and recycling your old clothes, furniture and bric-a-brac. Do you have anything you could donate to our shops? Read More
20th March - WWI Presentation & Reception
Our Wiltshire Ambassadors invite you to Riverside House to help us support our Homes for Veterans. Read More
21st March - Alabaré Annual Sleep Out 2014
Help us to raise funds to support the homeless in Wiltshire! Read More