Alabaré provides training for homeless young people following donation from Santander foundation

Homeless support charity, Alabaré has received £5,000 to fund training with an employability coach to help young people in Chippenham develop the necessary skills, experience and qualifications needed to enter the workplace.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The employability coach will work with socially isolated and vulnerable young people aged 16-25 who are residents of one of Alabaré’s supported housing schemes in Chippenham. The funding provided will allow the coach to work once a week for a whole year.

The coach will aid homeless young people by improving employability skills, including helping them gain access to work placements and training, and will support them in securing employment.

Rob Gibson, Training Development Manager at Alabaré, said: “The financial support we have received from the Santander Foundation will allow us to provide vulnerable young people in Chippenham with the vital skills they need to access employment opportunities.”

Nicholas Patrick, Branch Manager at Santander’s Chippenham branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations to local projects every year with the aim of assisting organisations, communities and vulnerable people throughout the UK. We recognise the great work Alabaré does in the local community and we hope this grant will help them in their support for local people.”

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Media Contact
Leonora Burtenshaw at Santander 
Email:       Tel: 020 7756 4543

Harvey Taylor at Alabaré
Email:       Tel: 01722 344485

Alabaré supports people to overcome the barriers of homelessness, mental ill-health and learning disabilities in-order to have a home, health, choice and independence. Alabaré provides the highest standards of accommodation and support to disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the community in order for them to have a home, health, choice and independence. Since 1991, Alabaré has been working with people facing disadvantage through homelessness, mental ill-health, learning disability or a combination of them. It provides housing and personalised support based on the individual needs and aspirations of each person, tackling underlying causes and giving them the skills and confidence to move forward with their lives.

Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £26 million in funding to 13,914 UK charities through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. At 30 June 2018, the bank has c24,200 employees. It serves around 15 million active customers, via a nationwide branch network, telephone, mobile and online banking; and 64 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.