Her Royal Highness The Countess Of Wessex Opens Entrain Space At Wilton
Today we are excited to be part of the official opening of Entrain Space. Our Enterprise, the social developer responsible for creating this innovative new approach for veterans, welcomed Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex to officially open the first Entrain Space at Erskine House, in Wilton, near Salisbury.
Entrain Space has been created by Our Enterprise as the UK’s first residential programme of personally tailored enterprise training for veterans in a community setting. Alabaré have supported the Our Enterprise development of Erskine House since its early stages, and we are proud to be the housing operator for the new Entrain Space. Our team will be providing support to Veterans living on site.
The Entrain Space programme is designed to meet the needs of veterans transitioning from the military into civilian life. The time and space needed to focus on their future lives is often at a premium during service years. Entrain Space exists to provide service-leavers and veterans with the time and space to retrain and to start a career or their own business. Resident veterans will also actively contribute to and be supported by the local community, including the business community.
The Wilton scheme consists of 44 flats for veterans and an extensive training space, plus an adjoining café which is open to the whole community. Half of the flats have already been taken up before the official opening.
Matthew Bell, CEO of Our Enterprise, is the creator and founder of Entrain Space, which he aims to roll out to address the unmet needs of service-leavers and veterans across the country. Erskine House at Wilton is the first Entrain Space. It will be extended through the provision of an Enterprise Hub, opening in 2020, to be constructed adjacent to Erskine House.
Matthew Bell, CEO of Our Enterprise, said;
“I am proud and delighted to welcome HRH Countess of Wessex today for this historic opening of Erskine House, our Entrain Space flagship. It is the first scheme of its kind in the UK and I hope the first of many. I would like to thank HRH for supporting the valuable work we do.”
Andrew Lord, our Alabaré Chief Executive, said;
“At Alabaré we provide dedicated housing support for over 300 veterans across the country each year. We are excited to bring our expertise to this project which is the first to combine accommodation with an aspirational enterprise-based programme of support for residents. A better-managed transition to civilian life will bring substantial benefits to members of the Armed Forces, their families and the wider community.”
Rob Gibson, our Alabaré Training & Development Manager, said;
“Every day we see the benefit that training and employment bring to the veterans we are already supporting. Being intellectually and physically busy each day boosts self-esteem, and leads to a better appreciation that the skills they gained in the Armed Forces are transferable to the civilian workplace. The new Entrain Space will provide a fantastic programme of training and enterprise opportunities for all the veterans who live there. As a veteran myself, it is wonderful to be involved in the delivery of the training and support.”
Historically, Our Enterprise formed a partnership with house builder Redrow Homes and the Wilton Community Land Trust (CLT), which ensures Entrain Space will integrate successfully within the local community and the wider development at Wilton Hill.
Jon Fletcher, Managing Director of Redrow Southern Counties said;
“We are proud of the Entrain Space facilities developed by Our Enterprise and in partnership with Redrow as part of our award-winning development, Wilton Hill, in Wilton. This is a very innovative scheme, providing dedicated space for veterans to develop their skillset alongside high-quality accommodation, all in one place. We hope Wilton Hill paves the way for developers and house builders to design and build new places that allow people to thrive individually and as a community.”
Jon Sloan, a Director of the Wilton Community Land Trust, said;
“The Entrain Space programme has brought a real focus for community regeneration and inclusion and I am very pleased that HRH has been able to open this unique facility in a county which now hosts a quarter of the British Army.”
Our Enterprise and the partnership have had enormous support from the local community, the military, the council and local politicians, which has helped Entrain Space achieve this launch today.