October Network News

eNews October 2014

Well the lovely summer weather has stuck around and we’ve enjoyed a number of outdoor pursuits at Alabaré this September. We’ve had staff conquering athletic challenges high up in the mountains, residents creating gorgeous gardens and lots of fun spreading awareness at the Salisbury Big Farm Day Out 2014. There’s so much more to tell you about, so please read on…


Andrew Lord

Chief Executive


We've Secured Our Second Home For Veterans In Gloucester!

We are pleased to announce that we have now completed the purchase of our second Gloucestershire Home for Veterans. Gloucester has a proud military tradition with the Rifles and the Gloster playing key roles in the local community. 

The opening of this home in Longlevens means that we can now support 12 vulnerable veterans across Gloucestershire who have previously struggled in their transition to civilian life.

Please click here to find out more.


Big Farm Day Out 2014!

 We got involved with the Big Farm Day Out at Laverstock Farm, Salisbury on the 13th Septemeber. The day featured stalls from various churches and charities, childrens inflatables, a craft barn, prayer barn, music, puppet and drama workshops, and offered children (and the young at heart) the chance to interact with the local animals on the farm.

Our marketing team had a fantastic day – hosting children's games and raising awareness about homelessness in Wiltshire. Thank you to everyone who came along to say hello and who signed up to Sleep Out 2015 - we can’t wait to see you on the night!


Mel conquers the 3 Peaks

On the 19th September our Care and Support Manager for Learning Disabilities and Mental Health, Mel Greenstock took on the 3 Peaks Challenge and won!

Mel managed to climb Snowdon in Wales (which stands at 1085m), Scafell Pike, in England - a 978m trial, and Ben Nevis, in Scotland – (her tallest challenge at 1344m) in just 26.5 hours. This was an incredibly physically intensive challenge, but Mel’s hard work throughout her training schedule obviously paid off.

Mel said afterwards: “I would just like to thank everyone who sent messages of support and those who sponsored me for my challenge. I survived!!  and made it up and down the three mountains in 26.5 hrs. It was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I have ever done, and pushed me beyond my limits in many ways, but also the most amazing. Being on the roof of Great Britain at the top of Ben Nevis was just brilliant and worth all the effort to get there, the views as you ascend the mountain and from the top are awesome and I also got to experience a brocken spectre,  a rare event apparently, so I felt very special and privileged.

Click here to read more of Mel's story... 


Planning disappointment in Carmarthen

We are disappointed to report that our Wales Homes for Veterans application for a change of use to a property in Lon Hir, Carmarthen has been rejected. Click here for the full story...


Alabaré's Garden of the Year!

We are delighted to announce that Weymouth Home for Veterans have been awarded 1st place in our annual garden competition – the judges were particularly impressed by this work, describing the efforts as inspirational.  Well done, the garden looks fantastic!

Click here to see all the winners.


Peninsula Framework Success!

We are pleased to announce that we have been approved to provide supported accommodation and advice services to young people  in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Torbay & Plymouth (known as the South West Peninsula Framework). Click here for the full story...


Another fantastic Barn Dance

A crowd of nearly eighty people including staff, service users and supporters of Alabaré met at the Livestock Market last Saturday to dance the night away to the sound of “Scrape the Barrel” folk band. Click here to read more...


Meet the Forces Day Cardiff

Two of our Wales Homes for Veterans team took part in the ‘Meet the Forces Day’ at Cardiff Bay on the 7th September. Click here to find out about their day...


Pontypool Male voice choir sing for our Wales homes for Veterans

Thank you to everyone who attended our fundraising concert at St Hilda’s Church in Pontypool on the 5th September. The Pontypool Male Voice choir were as fantastic as ever, with lively renditions of songs from Les Miserable, Chess, and a superb selection of Welsh hymns. The generous donations of the audience raised £201.65 towards our Wales Homes for Veterans. Thank you so much for your support!


Plymouth Home for Veterans receives a visit from the Lord Mayor

Our Plymouth Home for Veterans was delighted to receive a visit from The Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Michael Robert Fox and his wife The Lady Mayoress of Plymouth, Mrs Rosemary Fox on the 22ndSeptember.  Click here to read more....



Spotlight on Staff

Congratulations to Shannon Colsh who has received an Inspire Award this month! Shannon regularly goes above and beyond what is expected of him as a Support Worker and is a valued member of Alabaré’s learning Disability team. Well done from everyone at Alabaré!



This month we’re looking for someone to support the Woodwork group at our Barford Development Centre. You’ll help encourage our service users whilst they carry out various activities within the workshop, including; measuring, sanding, and using hand tools. If you think you’d be interested and can be available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 3pm, please get in touch with Mandy Herridge on 01722 322882.

You can find out more about Alabaré’s volunteering vacancies by visiting www.alabare.co.uk/get-involved


What’s Coming Up at Alabaré? 

5th October – Cardiff Half Marathon – Heather from our Marketing department will be running the Cardiff Half marathon in support of our Wales homes for Veterans. Please support her by visiting: and making a donation!

10th October – Cafe Delicious moves to Riverside House – Our training cafe, for people with learning disabilities, will be moving from its current Friday location at the United Reform Church in the town centre to our Salisbury base.


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