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RBLI offers a home-from-home environment for Veterans needing care

Gavin Astor House, located within the Royal British Legion Village, is a high dependency nursing facility where 84% of residents have a military connection.

Set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, Gavin Astor House offers single private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Residents are provided with a choice of meals and can take part in a wide selection of activities – the latest being a trip to Buckingham Palace!

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LifeWorks and LifeWorks Families Course Dates 2018

Dates for RBLI’s intensive veteran employment programme LifeWorks have been released for 2018. Of the veterans who have attended LifeWorks courses, 83% find sustained employment within a year, 80% of those individuals suffer with either a physical or mental disability or health condition.

The LifeWorks Families schedule has also been updated. LWF is a support service which aims to help veteran’s spouses and partners into sustained employment.

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Tackling Veterans’ homelessness: A Call to Action – pledge your support

We asking you to pledge your support and to update you on some very positive developments on our quest to eliminate Veterans’ homelessness following our reception at the House of Lords in March.

The University of York research that we launched at the reception highlights how some ex-Service personnel slip through the net and end up homeless after leaving the Armed Forces. Evidence suggests that well over a thousand ex-service personnel each year require urgent support to find accommodation.

On the back of this research we developed a Call to Action to help tackle this important issue.

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Cobseo Housing Cluster wins the FiMT Working Together Award at the Soldier on Awards

The Cobseo Housing Cluster received the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Working Together Award at the Soldiering on Awards on Friday 20th April, at a special ceremony at Westminster Bridge Park Plaza.

The Cluster is a combination of 30 veterans’ housing organizations and charities formed to provide veteran specific housing and create an integrated veterans’ housing sector, with clear pathways for ex-Service personnel and their families in housing need to move into permanent homes.

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RBLI’s transformative employment support programme for veterans expands across Wales after backing from the Morrisons Foundation

Unemployed Welsh veterans are to be handed a lifeline after a transformative employment support programme for ex-service personnel has been given financial backing.

Currently in Wales, 1 in 20 has served in the Armed Forces while, across the country, working-age veterans are twice as likely to be unemployed as civilians.

However, military and disability charity Royal British Legion Industries is now set to tackle the issue by rolling out additional courses of their LifeWorks programme after receiving more than £96,000 from the charitable arm of supermarket giant Morrisons, The Morrisons Foundation.

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Transport Secretary visits Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company as part of strategy to help more disabled people into work

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling yesterday (03-04-18) toured Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company – a social enterprise which employs injured veterans and people with disabilities – as part of the government’s plan to help one million more disabled people into work.

The Transport Secretary met with workers at the Kent-based BBMC, which is run by charity Royal British Legion Industries and employs more than 100 people – more than 70% of whom are ex-service personnel, have a physical or hidden disability, or both.

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Veteran factory Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company announces director

Newly-formed Scotland’s Bravest manufacturing Company, the largest employment development specifically for Scottish veterans in decades, is pleased to announce the appointment of its inaugural director.

Michelle Ferguson, whose previous organisation was twice recognised as finalists in the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards under her stewardship, will take over the Refrewshire-based social enterprise due to launch in June.

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CEO Visits Veterans Village

Lee Holloway, OA CEO, saw at first-hand how the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) supports the Armed Forces community.

The RBLI is a leading employment charity for veterans, especially those with disabilities. The RBLI village in Kent provides housing, training, career opportunities, welfare support and care to more than 300 people.

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13th January – Information & Advice Day

Headcorn Village Hall, Church Lane, Headcorn, Kent, TN27 9NR

Saturday 13th January 2018 10:30am – 2pm

RBLI would like to invite all those who have served in the Armed Forces and are 65 or over to this Kentbased event in Headcorn Village Hall. The event will provide an opportunity to meet some new people
and talk to the many organisations providing health advice, social activities and more in your local area!

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11th December – British Atomic Veterans Event

RBLI would like to invite all those who have served in the Armed Forces and are 65 or over to this Kent-based event in Capel Morris Centre. In recognition of where the Aged Veterans fund originates from we are honoured to have the national Chairman of British Nuclear Test Veterans Association to give a talk on the Christmas Island nuclear bomb tests in 1950’s and 60’s and on their on-going support to the Veterans who were affected by the tests.

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