Alabaré Christian Care
Alabaré Christian Care and Support is a charity that works with the homeless, those at risk of becoming homeless, ex-Service personnel, people with drug and alcohol issues, young people, vulnerable women, individuals with learning disabilities and people with mental health conditions. Their vision is a society where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a fulfilling life.
To date, Help for Heroes has provided Alabaré with grant funding of £78,539 to help Armed Forces veterans as they make their tough transition to civilian life. The funding is used to provide accommodation and practical help in Alabaré's supported homes as veterans progress to independent living.
Chief Executive of Alabaré Andrew Lord says: "It is a great honour to be working with Help for Heroes which has done so very much to highlight the on-going needs of Veterans. Alabaré is passionate that those who have served their country are given the right support if they find themselves facing adversity and homelessness in civilian life."
When accepted into a home, a detailed plan is drawn up showing what the veteran hopes to achieve and it is this care which is funded by Help for Heroes. Most veterans who are helped by Alabaré live in homes which provide high to medium support (although some need intensive care). They eventually move to only requiring a low level support home, then move to independent accommodation.
Presenting issues can include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental ill health, physical problems, addiction and debt issues. Support staff signpost to other welfare agencies and help veterans identify new careers, training and other opportunities. A befriending service is available using volunteers who have been specifically trained and matched.
Mr Lord adds: "Timely and appropriate help prevents a further decline in circumstances that can lead to homelessness, deteriorating mental and physical health, unemployment, poverty, addiction problems and the breakdown of relationships."
Alabaré is a fantastic organisation and we can't wait to see the grant making a difference to the lives of our veterans.