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No one should be homeless in Wiltshire this winter

Anyone can find them self without a home or place to turn for help – young or old, professional, Veteran or Mum. We want to make sure that no one has to sleep on the streets of Wiltshire this winter. For those with no choice but to sofa-surf, we want to offer a home, stability and a new future.

December 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: Alabare Christian Care & Support

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  • Need


    Last winter at least 78 people died whilst sleeping rough (Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 2018). 41% of young people have had to spend time sleeping on friends sofas because they had nowhere safe to go (BBC, 2017). We want to change these statistics. Last year we helped around 350 homeless young people and adults in Wiltshire. This winter to support those in need to recover and have a bright future again, we want to provide warm, welcoming homes, expert support and access to training.


    We have 17 homes across Wiltshire, and can support up to 118 homeless people, including young people, mum’s and babies, and Veterans amongst other. During severe weather, we provide additional beds for rough sleepers. Key to the support we provide are our high quality home, which raise residents’ morale. Our teams give residents tenancy training and development opportunities, and help them find training, employment or voluntary work, which help residents manage well once they leave us.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a good quality home and support to each eligible homeless person in Wiltshire


    » Ensure that our homes are of a high quality, and that our teams are meeting the individual needs of people who are homeless in our county.

    What success will look like

    By offering a home to client whose needs we can support, and by measuring and monitoring their personal progress through our individual outcome star metric.

    Aim 2

    To help people break the cycle of homelessness


    » Provide training to help people manage their tenancy agreements, budget, eat healthily, access healthcare and find training or paid/voluntary work.

    What success will look like

    By seeing over 85% of our residents move on successfully from our temporary homes to permanent accommodation with or without support.

    Aim 3

    To give clients the opportunity to explore their spirituality


    » By providing Chaplains in all our homes and services who are available to residents who wish to explore their spiritual beliefs.

    What success will look like

    By clients telling us in their support sessions that their spiritual needs have been met.

  • Impact


    Many of the people we help have lived chaotic lives, and each person’s recovery will differ. We provide a tiered system of support to help people gradually transition to living independently once more. We give them help with budgeting etc, and also help them find the right accommodation to move onto. We can measure the change in mental well-being for example through the outcome star metric. We also find clients keep in touch and let us know how their lives continue to change for the better.


    Damage could happen to or in our homes, making a room/s unusable.

    - We provide a high standard of accommodation that withstand more wear and tear.

    Negative PR or resident/s are involved in an incident.

    - We work closely with our neighbours and members of the local community so that they are aware of the challenges that some of our residents are a working to overcome. Equally, we make sure that residents understand the role and responsibilities they have in their communities.


    We will send all donors giving to this campaign and update of how their donations have helped to support homeless people in Wiltshire over the winter period.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £62,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Training Provide training to enable successful independent living. Improve facilities at Development Centres
      £5,000 Furnishing & equipment To fit out our homes to a high standard, increasing clients' self-esteem and reducing wear and tear
      £20,000 Drop In Centre Running Drop In Centre for Rough Sleepers and vulnerable adults in Salisbury
      £22,500 Homeless provision Providing emergency winter support and accommodation for homeless people in Wiltshire
  • Background


    Our homes are located across Wiltshire, specifically in Chippenham, Calne, Devizes, Trowbridge and Salisbury. Our Training & Development Centres are in Salisbury and Barford St Martin. Whilst Wiltshire is a county with relative wealth, there are pockets of deprivation in both Trowbridge and Salisbury, and rural deprivation has been shown to effect areas of the county as well (Wiltshire Uncovered Report, 2014, Wiltshire Community Foundation).


    The most direct beneficiaries of this project will be the homeless and vulnerable adults and young people in Wiltshire who have no safe home to go to this winter.

    Communities around Wiltshire will also benefit indirectly from a reduction in anti-social behaviour sometimes associated with people who are homeless.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    At Alabaré we have over 27 years experience in supporting homeless and vulnerable people in Wiltshire and helping them to transform their lives. We work closely with Wiltshire Council, other charities, healthcare and statutory services in the county as part of the Wiltshire Rough Sleeper Group to ensure the needs of homeless people in the county are being met.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sue Gumbleton

    Operational Manager for Homeless Services

    Vanessa Bedford

    Operational Manager for Young People's Services

    Anne Williams

    Operational Manager for Armed Forces Veterans Services

    Rob Gibson

    Training Services Manager