Homes for Veterans is an initiative of Alabaré, a charity caring for the South West and Wales’ most vulnerable people by providing shelter, practical and emotional support. Army&You found out more about the service it provides…
THE charity identified a need for bespoke homeless services for veterans who were struggling to adjust to life in the civilian world.
Alabaré’s Sarah Bowie said: “Homes for Veterans now has 24 homes across the south west of England and Wales and can accommodate up to 127 residents at any time.”
The demand for homeless support services for veterans has increased rapidly, making 2016 a busy year so far.
Sarah explained: “We have opened Ty Dwer, a state-of-the-art home for 12 veterans in Wrexham, developed in partnership with First Choice Housing Association and funded using MOD Veterans’ Accommodation Fund monies.
“We support veterans like Rhys, who was referred to us by a community care society which had some real concerns for his wellbeing.
“In 2015, Rhys moved into one of our homes in Carmarthenshire where, with the help of our experts, he was able to begin to rebuild his life.”
Rhys added: “When I came to Alabaré’s Wales Homes for Veterans, I was in a very bad place. I was self-harming, had no support from anyone and life seemed very bleak.
“My support worker was very calm. He listened to what I had to say and showed me that there is always a solution.
“Accepting their offer of accommodation has changed my life. Their support has allowed me to take steps that, four months ago, I would never have thought possible.
“I am moving into my own place, hoping to travel again and I have the confidence to enter into a new relationship.
“I cannot praise the work that Wales Homes for Veterans and Alabaré do highly enough. They have literally saved my life and given me hope and support for the future.”
Despite Homes for Veteran’s rapid growth, it is reliant on the generosity of Army families and is asking people to help support its work by fundraising in their local community or by volunteering some of their time.
Rebecca Mullen, the charity’s events fundraising manager, said: “It is brilliant that we are expanding as rapidly as we are to meet the needs of vulnerable veterans but it does mean that we need more support than ever to ensure that our dedicated staff can continue their life changing work.
“So whether it’s a coffee morning on your patch or a daring fundraising feat, we’d be so grateful for your support.”