Alabaré warmly welcomes the government's announcement that £3.5 million has been allocated to create a new Veterans' village at the former Land Command HQ site at Wilton Hill.
The funds have been allocated to Alabaré Christian Care and Support and Our Wilton Trust. This will help fund the building of a new 45 unit veteran campus, which will be Wiltshire's first purpose built community for vulnerable veterans to help them get back on their feet. Over the next decade, the initiative will support over 300 veterans facing challenges including mental health problems, debt issues, substance addiction and relationship breakdown. The personalised support will include access to employment opportunities on an adjoining enterprise unit as well as a planned company sponsorship programme and an apprenticeship scheme with Wiltshire College.
MP John Glen shows his support of the development:
It is particularly appropriate that this scheme, which gives a fresh start to the veterans who represent the best of British values, is being funded by fines levied on those bankers who demonstrated the worst.
Local people have always been at the heart of the Wilton Hill development, and the community has sought to retain the military ethos at the heart of the former Army HQ.
I am delighted that the Chancellor has recognised the potential in Wilton to pioneer a model of care that offers the very best to those who have served their country so selflessly.