Winter Provision Success

Over the course of the Winter months, Alabaré were able to provide support to a total of 63 people who would have otherwise been forced to sleep on the streets in Chippenham.

The emergency support provided an additional 10 bed spaces at our Supported Housing North service - Unity House as well as a further eight bed spaces under the Severe Weather Emergency Provision.

Amongst the 63 who were supported were Wayne, who commented;

“The Winter Provision was a blessing and without it I would have been on the streets everyday mixing with the wrong people which fuelled my addictions. I then had a warm meal, bed and shower every day which makes you feel a little more human and connected to the real world. Long may these places remain otherwise what chance do some people have? It saved me from self-destruction.”

Naomi Webb, Alabaré's Service Manager for Supported Housing North, said;

“By partnership working with Wiltshire Council’s Rough Sleeper Team and person centred key working we were able to assist in facilitating those coming into the service into more suitable and sustainable accommodation. Being able to play a proactive role in breaking the cycle of homelessness is a key aim and one we are proud to have contributed to this through the delivery of this service. We would like to thank the community for all the generous donations and support we have received during the winter months.”

 Richard Clewer, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for housing said:

“We have a clear commitment to address rough sleeping so people can move off the streets and move on with their lives in a positive way.  We cannot do this work alone.  Alabaré is an important partner to ensure our investment is used effectively to provide the right support and address the underlying issues which cause people to be homeless.”

The Winter Provision services were made possible thanks to the financial support from Wiltshire Council, whose Rough Sleeper Team also provided outreach support to those experiencing issues of homelessness.