Statement Regarding The Rehoming Of John Baker House Residents

Alabaré are working with Wiltshire Council to ensure there are provisions in place for those people who have been displaced as part of the current Police investigation in Salisbury.

Last week we re-housed 10 residents from John Baker House (a hostel for homeless people run by Sanctuary Supported Living) following the evacuation of the residence on the morning of Thursday 5th July.

Following the request for emergency accommodation for those living at John Baker House, our teams at Alabaré worked tirelessly to prepare beds for evacuees, including setting up an entirely new home in less than a day.

Sue Gumbleton, Operations Manager for Alabaré’s Homeless services explains;

“We would like to thank our staff and volunteers for their can-do attitude and the local businesses who stepped in to help us.  We are grateful to be here to house and support those affected by the tragic events of last week.”

Although the residents of John Baker House are safely housed with us, in the turmoil of the evacuation, they left with very few possessions.

“Many of those evacuated from John Baker House came to us with very little, so we are now doing all that we can to provide them with the necessary clothing and toiletries,” says Sue.

“With no access to any of their personal belongings left behind at John Baker House, we are now appealing for the help of the public to donate essential items. We would be very grateful for any donations and we are specifically in need of new men’s underwear, men’s shorts and t-shirts, new bedding and kitchen items.”

Please drop any donation of clothing or toiletries to Alabaré Place in Barnard Street, Salisbury, or if you would like to make a financial donation to help those rehomed as a consequence of the current Police investigation please go to or call 01722 322882. Thank you.