DONATION NEWS FROM FORCES SUPPORT
Forces Support has partnered with Alabaré Homes for Veterans Cymru in donating £35,500 to fund a design and much needed refurbishment of a home supporting ex-Armed Forces Personnel who have been homeless.
The work starting in August, will involve creating a new access walkway to the property, heating, redecoration and flooring and kitchen in a home in Colwyn Bay. The property houses individuals who have Served in the British Armed Forces and through a variety of reasons, have become homeless after leaving Service. The Home provides an opportunity for the Veterans, of all ages, to transition from Military life into the community, creating opportunities for them to transfer the valuable Military skills into “civvie street”, deal with issues they may face around poor mental health, and provide necessary supported accommodation and space for them to re-adjust.
The donation and partnership with Forces Support will aid these Veterans through providing a positive and homely environment where they are able to feel safe and valued and ensure that they are able to call this place home.
The donation was provided by Forces Support from their Charity Shops and through their foundation. Forces Support was launched in March 2010, with an aim to create a national network of Forces Support outlets to raise the funds needed to run the practical support project Nationally.
Alabaré Christian Care and Support is a Charity set up in 1991 to support vulnerable, homeless and marginalised people. It has Homes for Veterans across Wales and the South West of England providing homes bespoke to the needs of ex-Armed Forces Personnel The charity helps people transform their lives, providing accommodation and helping them gain the skills, confidence and opportunities to live a fulfilled life.
Andrew Lord, CEO Alabaré said: “I am very grateful for the grant from Forces Support, which will be used for the refurbishment of the Home for Veterans. A good quality home is so important to for the veterans as they adjust to ‘civvy street’ and look forward to their new role in society.”
Carol E Reynolds, CEO of Forces Support said: “Forces Support is delighted to be going into partnership with Alabare Christian Care & Support and we look forward to funding more projects in the future”
Andy Jones, Service Manager, Homes for Veterans Cymru, Colwyn Bay said: “As Service Manager and a veteran, I would like to thank Forces Support for this generous donation. The improvements when completed will transform the house, which will in turn enhance the “Veterans” stay with us, and be beneficial to their overall well-being.”
“At Alabaré we support people to overcome the barriers of homelessness, mental ill-health and learning disabilities in-order to have a home, health, choice and independence.”
Alabaré Christian Care and Support provide the highest standards of accommodation and support to disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our communities in order that they can have a home, health, choice and independence. Since 1991, Alabaré have been working with people facing disadvantage through homelessness, mental ill-health, learning disability or a combination of these. We provide housing and personalised support based on the individual needs and aspirations of each person, tackling underlying causes and giving them the skills and confidence to move forward with their lives. Alabaré also provides Alabaré Enterprises, a social enterprise business, supporting Veterans to gain employment whilst creating an income stream for the Charity, the first is its street food enterprise in North Wales, the Field Kitchen Cegan Maes www.alabare.co.uk