Salisbury Home For Veterans Up And Running


20th August 2013

Salisbury Home for Veterans up and running

Local charity Alabaré is reporting a very successful start to its latest Home for Veterans in Salisbury. The home, which provides accommodation for up to 5 Armed Forces veterans at a time, was full within a few weeks of opening.

Alabaré is the UK’s largest provider of specialist accommodation for veterans outside of London.

After leaving the army, veterans can find themselves facing all manner of issues. In contrast to the structure of army life, ex-servicemen find themselves having to budget, often for the first time in their lives, and can sometimes fall into debt. Others may struggle with finding new employment. Whilst some find that the scars they’ve brought home aren’t physical, but emotional. Alabaré’s Salisbury Home for Veterans looks to support ex-service personnel to overcome these issues and make a successful transition to their civilian lives.

James* arrived at the Alabaré home straight from out of the army, and has now set his sights on higher education. Having recently secured a place at Loughborough University to study a BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, he will be leaving Salisbury to pursue his studies and a new career as soon as term starts.

Graham’s* relationship with his partner and children had become strained since returning home, but with the help of the Alabaré scheme, he has been able to access support, and now finds it easier to communicate with his family. He has a much brighter outlook for the future and is actively seeking work.

Simon* found himself unemployed and separated from his partner and children after returning to civvy street. He had lost all motivation in life, a situation exasperated by a complicated wrist injury. With emotional support and help managing his debts, he is now on his way to becoming a taxi driver, and is spending more time with his children.

Janet Herring, Alabaré’s Care & Support Director: 
“It’s fantastic to see such positive results at this early stage of the scheme. Credit is due to the hard working staff and volunteers our Veterans Home, and the determined residents who are now experiencing deserved success with their goals.”

Alongside their homes in Salisbury, Alabaré run 4 other Homes for Veterans programmes: in Plymouth, Bristol, Weymouth and Hampshire (Gosport and Fareham), providing high-low level support for homeless or vulnerable ex-Armed Forces personnel. Since the scheme started in 2009, the charity has helped over 210 veterans.

*Names changed.