July Network News

eNews July 2014

Can you believe we’re already halfway through the year? As always we’ve been very busy at Alabaré over the last month. We’ve been getting involved with the ongoing APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) Inquiry into Food Poverty and we’ve been inspired by the fundraising efforts of our staff and supporters. Please read on to find out more about what’s been happening and to see what we’ve got coming up. As always, thank you for your continued support!


Andrew Lord

Chief Executive


Old Sarum Development & Garden Centre Opens!

The Official Opening event for our Old Sarum Development & Garden Centre will took place on the 27th June. We took over the running of the horticulture service from the Shaw Trust on the 10th June.

Our Development Centres are fully accredited and deliver NOCN qualifications through vocational training and meaningful day activities to vulnerable adults with a variety of needs.  The Old Sarum site is spread across approximately 4 acres and has large gardens, a retail shop and a grounds maintenance service.

Local MP John Glen cut the ribbon to officially open the Centre, and planted a ceremonial tree within the grounds. We are very excited to be officially opening our new Development & Garden Centre, and hope to carry on the good work that the Sarum Trust started.

Our Garden Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm, so please call in the next time you are passing for a quick browse and a lovely cream tea!

We also run a development centre in Barford, which has a wood workshop, pottery barn, training kitchen, teaching room and an acre of land dedicated to horticulture.


94 Miles in 24 Hours

Major Charles Malet is part of our dedicated team of Gloucestershire Ambassadors.In order to raise money for our Gloucestershire Homes for Veterans, Charles, and his two friends Tom and Alex, decided to take on the Gloucester Way challenge - click here to read all about it!


Planning granted for New Gloucester Home 

We are delighted that the board of the Gloucestershire Planning Committee unanimously approved our application to open a second Home for Veterans in the city, this time in Longlevens. Click here to find out more.


APPG Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty! 

We are have been involved in the current All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty. Click here to find out more about the APPG's visit to Salisbury on the 6th June.


Armed Forces Days 2014

Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 28th June. The day is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. It also gives us an opportunity to show our support to the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. The local events have been taking place across the UK from the 21st of June and will finish on the 29th – Alabaré have gotten involved in events in Bristol, Carmarthen, Dorset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Plymouth, Pontypridd, and Wiltshire.


3 Peaks Challenge

On the 19th September two members of our Alabaré team Mel Greenstock (Care and Support Manager for Learning Disabilities and Mental Health) and Gina Vickers (Learning Disabilities Care & Support Co-ordinator) will be taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge! 

They’re aiming to climb Snowdon in Wales (which stands at 1085m), Scafell Pike, in England - a 978m trial, and Ben Nevis, in Scotland – their tallest challenge at 1344m. To complete this challenge they need to do all of this in just 24 hours. This is an incredibly physically intensive challenge and Mel and Gina are already hard at work with their training schedule. They really need our support to spur them on in their challenge.

Please support Mel & Gina by giving what you can - visit: https://my.give.net/alabare3peaks and make a donation towards their incredible endeavour! You won’t just be supporting Mel and Gina, you’ll be making a huge difference to our Learning Disability services.


Spotlight on Staff

All of our staff at our Barford Development Centre were awarded with Inspire Awards this month for their continued hard work – well done guys!



If you’ve just left college or university and are interested in pursuing a career in Marketing or Events Management you may like to apply for our current Internship opportunity. We’re looking for the right person to support the Fundraising and Marketing team with our 2015 Sleep Out event. The position starts from September 2014, with flexible hours available – click here to find out more.

Visit our volunteering vacancies page to see what we have available in your area or contact our Volunteer Co-Ordinator Mandy Herridge via  m.herridge@alabare.co.uk or on 01722 322882 to find out more about volunteering with Alabaré.


Leaving a gift to Alabaré in your Will

There are many ways that you can donate to Alabaré. One way you may not have considered legacy donations. This involves leaving a gift to us in your will, and it is a wonderful way to ensure our homes and services can continue their vital work. By leaving a gift to us, you could also reduce the inheritance tax liability on your estate, as all gifts left to registered charities are tax-free. If you would like more information please call us on 01722 322882 or email fundraising@alabare.co.uk.

You should always seek legal advice from your solicitor before making or amending your will.


Have you read our Spring Newsletter yet?


What’s Coming Up at Alabaré? <a name="events"></a>

6th July - MG Owner’s Cotswald Caper – Our Gloucester AmbassadorDame Janet Trotter, will be waving off the drivers at the 9th annual Caper

16th July - Alabaré 2014 AGM - You‘re invited to join us at Salisbury City Hall for Alabaré's 2014 AGM – It’s a chance for us to tell you what's been going on over the year, celebrate our achievements and thank everyone who’s been involved in our work.  


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