Alabaré Christian Care and Support has successfully secured funds to support Armed Forces veterans who are homeless or in need of support, following receipt of a £35,000 grant from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (released July 2015).

The money will be used to help people like Mark, a service user in the charity's Wales Homes for Veterans.

Mark is a former Weapons Electrical Engineer in the Royal Navy. After a glittering career in the Armed Forces, Mark moved to America where he worked as a lecturer, specialising in IT. Upon moving back to England Mark suffered badly in a road accident which meant he fell behind with rent on his flat in Rhyl. 

Very soon Mark was forced to move out and spent two years living on a beach in Prestatyn in a tent. In very bad weather he would take shelter in a nearby Church. Mark recieved support from the Church and ended up sleeping for four months at the Ty-Golau Night Shelter. The Change Step charity then heard about Mark and referred him to Homes for Veterans. Within days Mark had met with the charity's North Wales Veterans Team Leader David Oliver and gained a place in its Conwy Home. 

August 2015: ITV News interviews Mark, a service user at Alabarés Wales Homes for Veterans. Mark is a former Weapons Electrical Engineer in the Royal Navy.

About Alabaré's homes

In 2009 Alabaré opened its first dedicated Home for Veterans in Plymouth. Since then 100+ bedspaces have been developed in 22 dedicated Homes for Veterans. The homes are located across the south and south west in Plymouth, Gosport, Fareham, Weymouth, Salisbury, Bristol, Gloucester and in North and South Wales.

Prior to moving in residents have been either homeless or at severe risk of becoming homeless. During the last five years Alabaré have supported 300 veterans, of which 17 per cent are Royal Navy and Royal Marines veterans. This new funding will enable the charity to sustain their dedicated homes through which they hope to support 140 veterans including former Naval personnel in the next 12 months.

Safer environments

Alabaré’s homes provide a safe environment which the Veterans can rebuild confidence and focus on their future. With help from Alabaré’s trained support staff the residents can address the underlying issues of debt, addiction, mental health and relationship breakdown. When required, staff help residents access further specialist support.

Speaking of the grant, Andrew Lord, Chief Executive Officer at Alabaré said: "We are truly thrilled at securing this funding as it means our support for ex-military personnel, particularly Naval veterans, can be sustained and guaranteed for the immediate future. We are passionate that those who have served our country should be helped if they fall on hard times.

"We provide a home where they can come and rebuild their lives in a supported way and gain the skills and confidence they need to move on to enjoy a successful, independent and fulfilling life".

A spokesperson from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity added: “Our Charity proudly champions the work of Alabaré Christian Care and Support on behalf of our Naval Service veterans. Alabaré’s homes are conveniently situated in areas where many of our ex-sailors and marines spent their days serving the nation, so it’s reassuring to know that they have a dedicated retreat available to them should they need it.”