Alabaré to reach out to Forces families in Bulford and Amesbury
Homelessness charity Alabaré is expanding its services to help Forces families and other local families in Amesbury and Bulford who are struggling with housing and other issues.
Community 4 (C4), a team that provides comprehensive housing-related support to people in their own homes, is to start running drop in sessions once a month at Spurgeon’s Sure Start Children’s Centres in these areas.
Starting in July, the drop in sessions are a chance for both Armed Forces and local families with children aged 0-5years to get information and advice on a wide range of tenancy or housing related issues, as well as finding out more about other local organisations and agencies that can help them.
The open drop in sessions will mean that people can simply turn up and get on-the-spot help and advice when they need it. It is hoped this approach will encourage people to address any issues they have early enough to avoid them reaching crisis point and prevent homelessness.
Through their work in this area, C4 want to start working more closely with Army Welfare Officers and establish a good support network for local people.
Drop In session details:
Amesbury at the Five Wishes Children’s Centre – Third Thursday of every month, beginning on 19th July
Bulford at the Bulford Children’s Centre – Second Wednesday of every month, beginning on 11th July
The Sure Start Centres are located next to schools and the drop-in sessions have been designed to fit in with parents and make it easy for them to access them.
C4 Coordinator Karen Lapsley says:
“This is something we have wanted to do for a long time but have not been able to source a suitable venue. We are now delighted to be able to work in partnership with Spurgeon’s Sure Start children’s Centres providing drop in sessions in these areas for people who have children that attend the centre; Being in a position to provide immediate support and guidance to those who need it will make such a difference in enabling them to help themselves and avoid the risk of becoming homeless. It will also be a means to offering support to the wives of serving soldiers when they are away from home or in the event of a relationship breakdown”
“We work with a lot of Armed Forces families in these areas, but often they are unfortunately already at crisis point when we first see them. It is hoped that by offering these drop in sessions we will be able to support these families at a much earlier stage so that they don’t find themselves in crisis.”
C4 already runs similar drop in sessions at Elim Church and Bemerton Heath in Salisbury which are open to public.
For more information or to arrange an appointment call Lara Higgins on 01722 322882.
Community 4 (C4) is a consortium of four organisations - Alabaré, Westlea Housing Association, Splitz Support Services and the Drugs and Homeless Initiative - which is funded by Supporting People. C4 has the contracts to provide housing-related floating support to the whole of Wiltshire, with offices in Wilton and Devizes.
C4 provides low level housing-related support to clients in their own homes for a maximum of two years. Each client has their own Key Worker who helps them draw up a personal Support Plan based on their housing support needs. The main aim is to support clients in managing and maintaining their tenancies by helping them understand their housing rights and responsibilities and signposting them to other appropriate services and activities within the community.
Alabaré Christian Care and Support is a charity that works with homeless and vulnerable people. We have more than 40 projects across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Devon, Dorset, Bristol and North Somerset providing a range of services including drop-in centres, supported accommodation and advice and training. We work with the homeless, those at risk of becoming homeless, ex-offenders, ex-Service personnel, people with drug and alcohol issues, young people, vulnerable women, individuals with learning disabilities and people with mental health conditions. Our vision is a society where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a fulfilling life.