Bishop Andrew visits Alabaré Place

by Michael Ford last modified 16 Jul, 2019 02:52 PM

Bishop Andrew has visited a supported housing project that provides accommodation for up to 33 homeless and rough sleepers from Wiltshire.

The Bishop visited Supported Housing South - Alabaré Place in Salisbury, which is made up of a number of flats with 24-hour support for the once-homeless residents who are 16 years and older, and who have medium to high support needs.

The project is being run by the Alabaré charity and incorporates the Salisbury Street Project which is open 5 days a week for rough sleepers and gives them access to housing related support and information.

Bishop Andrew Rumsey learnt more about the Charity's work with the homeless and rough sleepers and had the opportunity to speak with a number of Alabaré’s volunteer chaplains and members of the church liaison team.

He also visited Alabaré’s head office in Salisbury where he spent time with some of their learning disability clients.

Bishop Andrew commented:

"Thank you to Alabaré for an inspiring afternoon in Salisbury. I loved meeting their caring and dedicated staff and am deeply impressed by the range and quality of their work."

A spokesperson for Alabaré said:

"Alabaré were delighted to welcome the Bishop of Ramsbury, Andrew Rumsey to visit our services and see first-hand the work we do in supporting the homeless and vulnerable.

"We would like to thank Bishop Rumsey for his support and for taking the time to visit our services."

The residents of Alabaré Place have shared use of a communal kitchen and work alongside a key worker who helps to create an Action Plan based on an individual's needs.

The charity then focuses on supporting residents to consider and work towards their future "to ensure that when the time comes, you can move on to the most appropriate, stable accommodation."

As part of this the Project offers a number of art, music, cooking, health and wellbeing activities and courses and has an in-house gym, computer room and music room.

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