We are proud to be supporting Alabaré with a grant of £10,000 to help fund its social enterprise which will help veterans into employment.

Alabaré was founded in 1991 and has been supporting homeless and vulnerable Armed Forces veterans in England and Wales in several ways, such as providing suitable accommodation and offering educational courses which will boost employment prospects and activities to improve confidence. One of the innovative ways Alabaré helps is through developing social enterprises which engage veterans in their design, management and delivery.  The first of these is the charity’s newly formed Field Kitchen.

Tom Barnham, Social Enterprise Manager at Alabaré Homes for Veterans Cymru, said: “Field Kitchen will launch in December 2019 as an innovative social enterprise, working to support veterans into work and training through street food. We want to help support our veterans into independent living, and employment and training, through giving them first-hand experience of cooking and serving high quality street food. Field Kitchen will also be a great way to get our veterans’ stories told, and to promote the work that Alabaré does.”

The Field Kitchen social enterprise scheme will employ veterans to prepare, cook and serve food, whilst training in culinary and customer care skills at the level they want. Alabaré will work to build on the skills that the veterans already have to make them more employable, build self-esteem and increase their opportunities to build an independent life.

Kirsty Scullion, Partnership and Income Generation Manager at Alabaré, added: “The opportunity The Soldiers’ Charity has afforded us to really develop our Social Enterprise model is exciting. The Field Kitchen is the first opportunity to deliver our business ideas. It will create training and employment for veterans in a safe, empathetic environment and awareness of the needs of many ex-Armed Forces personnel as their leave active service. It will generate much needed funds to continue to deliver our Homes for Veterans across England and Wales. Alabaré plans to develop many newsocial business initiatives with which we hope to create positive social impact in our military, and wider, communities.”

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added: “Training and employment are just two of our main streams of work. We are proud to be supporting Alabaré and its efforts to help veterans re-enter the workplace and live an independent life.”

To find out more about Alabaré, visit: https://www.alabare.co.uk


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