Geldards is helping to support armed forces veterans as they adjust to civilian life by providing legal support to a charity that provides homes for ex-servicemen and women.
Alabaré Christian Care and Support was founded in the Diocese of Salisbury in 1991 to help marginalised and vulnerable people gain the independence they need to move on with their lives.
Its Homes for Veterans initiative aims to help former members of the UK’s Armed Forces overcome all kinds of crises when they return home from conflicts overseas, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, unemployment, family breakdowns or physical illnesses.
In 2011 Alabaré started to look at extending the scheme into Wales – traditionally a strong recruitment area for the armed services – and Geldards has assisted the charity with briefings about the Welsh charity landscape.
More recently, Kathryn Gates and Clare Folland-Nickells, members of the Cardiff Property Team at Geldards, have assisted with the purchase on behalf of Alabaré of their first property in Wales, in Pontypridd.
By the end of 2014, the charity hopes to operate 15 homes in Wales, providing 72 bed spaces mainly in Cardiff, Carmarthen and Swansea, and North Wales, including properties leased from local authorities and housing associations.
Geldards’ Vice-Chairman Huw Williams commented: “Geldards is proud to have helped Alabaré in extending the Homes for Veterans project to Wales as part of our wide-ranging commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Homes for Veterans is an important and timely initiative to help veterans who face difficulties in adjusting to civilian life as a result of their service to our country in the many fields of operations where our Armed Forces have been deployed, from Northern Ireland to Afghanistan, via the Falklands, the former Yugoslavia and the Iraq campaigns.”
The Homes for Veterans scheme has been made possible after an award of £976,269 from the Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) Fund, set up with money collected from the £35m fines issued to banks who attempted to rig the LIBOR rate. Alabaré is also working in partnership with the Poppy Factory to offer veterans help with employability.
Geoffrey Willis, Campaign Director for Alabaré, said: “We are delighted to be working with Geldards on our Wales Homes for Veterans initiative.
“The professional support and insight provided has been a huge asset to us as we undertake this venture, and we are grateful for the firm’s backing as we strive to help veterans in Wales who have given so much.
“With its help, we will be well placed to offer homeless veterans the helping hand that they need and so earnestly deserve.”.