We are delighted to share the news that Wiltshire Council has renewed its housing partnership with Alabaré, so we will be continuing to work together to give homeless people in Wiltshire support and accommodation.
With funding from the council, we provide a safe home for those Wiltshire residents who find themselves homeless, but crucially, we give help to each resident to allow them to overcome the personal challenges that have led them to become homeless in the first place.
The council’s Housing Options Team and Rough Sleeper Team work closely with us at Alabaré to help those needing urgent support into safe and supported accommodation. Now, our partnership has been renewed following a tendering process, meaning we will continue to provide our professional support to homeless people for at least the next five years.
Cllr Phil Alford, Cabinet Member for Housing at Wiltshire Council, said:
“No one sets out in life wanting to be homeless. There can be a whole host of reasons why this happens. Our teams are there ready to help and provide support to help people get off the streets and into a warm home. We don’t do this alone. We value partnership working and the positive impact this can have. I’m very pleased we are continuing to work and build on our long-established work with Alabaré. We have commissioned them to work with us. Within this package we are including a specific approach to targeted support for young people homeless people to help them get back on their feet. This is a vitally important area and I look forward to hearing positive stories from this important piece of work.”
Within the support and housing available, specialised help is available for young people aged between 16 and 21 years who are homeless. They have often found themselves homeless due to relationship breakdown with their family and can have health and wellbeing problems that our Alabaré team help them overcome. In addition, we can support young people back into education, training and employment with our specialist tenancy training and employability coaches.
Vanessa Bedford, our Alabaré Director of Care and Support, said:
“Alabaré are excited to have been successful in the tender for supported housing for both young people and adults in Wiltshire. This means we can continue to deliver 31 beds for young people 16-21 and 83 beds for adults. We look forward to working with Wiltshire council for the next five years to help end homelessness.”
One Alabaré resident, Josh, who lives with us at Unity House in Chippenham, said:
“When I first arrived at Unity House, I had poor mental health and poor people skills. In my year and a half here, the staff have shown me patience, kindness and understanding. Their support has helped me gain confidence and self-worth. They have supported me in every aspect of my journey. I have a deep appreciation for the encouragement I have received from all members of staff. I could not imagine where I would be if it were not for my key worker. Having this 1-2-1 support has been crucial in helping me achieve all of my goals. My time here at Unity House has changed my life for the better and I could not be more grateful.”
To learn more about our homeless services, please visit this page.