Wiltshire Council’s road resurfacing partner, Tarmac, responsible for resurfacing around 25km of Wiltshire’s roads every year, has donated £10,000, which the council has awarded to Alabaré and Sanctuary Supported Living’s John Baker House – both of which work under the Salisbury HOPE project.

Both Alabaré and John Baker House provide support for homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless through supported accommodation and encouraging people in Salisbury to live a fulfilled and independent life.

The funding has been used so far to support people by covering initial rent payments at supported accommodation premises for individuals who were previously rough sleeping, purchasing basic mobile phones for people to make contact and engagement with services easier and more consistent and purchasing items for people moving into supported accommodation, such as cooking equipment, utensils and earplugs to reduce noise disturbance from other residents.

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Councillor Ian Blair-Pilling, cabinet member for public health, said: “We are pleased to continue our positive working relationship with Tarmac, which is benefitting community-focussed projects such as the HOPE Project. They are doing brilliant and vital work supporting vulnerable people, particularly those going through a challenging time as a result of the cost-of-living crisis.

“It’s important for us to work with socially responsible partners who share our values, particularly when the result of that partnership helps the communities we serve and makes a real difference.”

Nicki Vigor, senior service manager for Wiltshire accommodation at Alabaré, said: “We feel very fortunate to be a recipient of the HOPE Tarmac funding, which benefits those accessing our services. This includes Somewhere to Go, which supports rough sleepers, as well as our supported accommodation, which is for those getting off the streets and beginning their journey to more permanent housing.”

Nigel Holpin, general manager for Tarmac, said: “As part of our ongoing relationship with Wiltshire Council and commitment to the local community, we’re hugely proud to be able to support Alabare and John Baker House with this much-needed funding.

“Through the Salisbury HOPE project, both organisations are making a real difference locally and helping to ensure that people who need it most have the best possible support under challenging circumstances.”