MPs Visit Our Home In North Wales

MPs visit our home in North Wales

We were delighted to welcome the MPs for Aberconwy, Robin Millar MP/AS and Wrexham, Sarah Atherton MP/AS to visit Awel Mor, a Veteran’s service in Glan Conwy, on Friday 27th November.

During this visit the MPs  met our staff and Veterans, and discussed Alabaré’s work to support homeless Veterans back into stability and independence.  We currently help 19 Veterans in Conwy through providing a place of safety, with a high quality combination of accommodation, support and signposting to mental health services, volunteering and training.  Alabaré supports Veterans to a positive, independent future.

Alongside core housing and services, the MPs discussed “Field Kitchen” (a new streetfood based social enterprise serving communities in Conwy)  and  “Boots on the Ground” (a project funded by Armed Forces Covenant Fund to help improve mental health & wellbeing by supporting Veterans with mental health needs to access outdoor activities in North Wales).   Both of these innovative Alabaré initiatives are building a range of ways to help Veterans to improve their mental health and employability.

Andy Jones, North Wales Manager for Alabaré’s Home for Veterans service said

It was really positive to be able to host the visit and brief both MPs on our services in Conwy. I greatly appreciated their interest in our work, and I look forward to engaging with Sarah and Robin in the future to help improve the lives of Veterans in North Wales and beyond.

Former soldier, Sarah Atherton MP/ AS is a member of the Defence Select Committee.  She said;

"It was fantastic to see first hand the positive impact that Alabare’s Homes for Veterans project is  making to the lives of Veterans across North Wales.

"I was particularly impressed to hear how their 'Field Kitchen’ initiative is offering training and support to veterans, helping them gain employment.

"The skills and understanding they gain from such initiatives, combined with the safety of having a home and support, allow many of the Veterans using this service to move forward, and rebuild links with family and friends."

Robin Millar MP/AS, in whose constituency two of our services are based, said:

“North Wales is a great place to live – but there are still those with us who need some extra support. Some of them are Veterans – people who have served us – who now need a bit of help themselves.

It was great to meet the team from Alabaré and learn about the important work they do through their two homes in Aberconwy. Veterans can find a home with them while they get their lives on track – perhaps work, or family or life has proved a challenge and they need a safe place where they can start to put the pieces back together.

It is humbling to meet people who are doing just that – and an honour to meet those who are dedicated to helping them. I look forward to learning more about this work and the difference it makes over the coming years.”