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Grant helps homeless RAF veterans

Royal Air Force veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will benefit from a new grant of £15,000 to Alabaré Homes for Veterans by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. 

Alabaré Homes for Veterans offers support to service men and women across the UK who have left active service and who are experiencing difficulty adapting to civilian life.

These former service personnel are homeless or at risk of being homeless, usually due to a lack of support network and social isolation after discharge. Others sometimes experience depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, ill health, unemployment, family breakdown or similar.

Alabare veteran's homeL-to-R: Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark, Alabaré Trustee and Chaplain-in-Chief The Venerable (AVM) Jonathan Chaffey visit one of Alabaré’s Wiltshire Homes for Veterans with Michael Hibberd, Alabaré Care & Support Manager

Andrew Lord, Chief Executive, Alabaré Christian Care & Support said: "The RAF Benevolent Fund is a generous supporter of Alabaré's work with vulnerable veterans.

"With their financial support we have been able to provide much needed accommodation and support to vulnerable RAF veterans in our homes in the South West of England and Wales. The RAF Benevolent Fund is a great organisation to work with as we both strive to transform the lives of veterans. We look forward to working with them in the future."

Alabaré currently operates 24 Homes for Veterans across England and Wales, providing bed spaces for 120 veterans in crisis. Last year alone, Homes for Veterans supported 230 ex-service personnel across our region. The support the charity offers is a temporary one, helping veterans to gain the skills and confidence they need to move on.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund's £15,000 grant will go towards specifically addressing the needs of the RAF beneficiaries in Alabaré's Homes for Veterans in England and Wales who find themselves in challenging circumstances having left active service. Without the financial support from charities such as The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Alabaré could not continue to provide much needed care and support to ex service men and women in need.

Paul Hughesdon, RAF Benevolent Fund Director of Welfare and Policy, said: "Most RAF personnel transition smoothly to civilian life, but specialist charities such as Alabaré provide vital services for those who have trouble adapting or who face extra challenges. We are pleased to support Alabaré's efforts as part of our commitment to helping members of the RAF Family in their times of need."

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