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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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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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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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Plans unveiled for Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company to employ Scottish veterans

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, the largest employment development specifically for Scottish veterans in decades, will open at veterans’ charity Erskine’s headquarters next June, it was announced today.

Renfrewshire-based social enterprise SBMC is projected to help more than 40 of the country’s brave ex-servicemen and women every year through direct, flexible employment – whilst also offering vital tailored wrap-around welfare support and accommodation in collaboration with Erskine.

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New £4m RBLI apartments, specifically designed for veterans, opened by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon

New £4m RBLI apartments, specifically designed for veterans, opened by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon

The Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Michael Fallon, has today opened Royal British Legion Industries’ new £4m apartments for injured veterans. The apartments, which were funded by the Government through The Libor Fund and four corporate donors, including the Morrisons Foundation, were officially opened at a grand event on Friday with over 250 attendees.

Situated on Hermitage Lane near Maidstone, the apartments have been built specifically for veterans who are wounded, injured, sick, or at risk of homelessness. The houses host 24 one and two-bed flats, all with special adaptations to make the lives of those with disabilities easier.

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Opening of the RBLI Invictus and Victory Houses

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon gave a speech and officially opened Victory and Invictus Games Houses built by the Royal British Legion Industries.

Excerpt from Sir Michael Fallon’s speech:

It’s a huge pleasure to be here today to open these magnificent new apartments and meet their future occupants who I look forward to chatting to in a few minute’s time.

I remember standing across the road from here three years ago not long after I’d been appointed Defence Secretary. Back then there was nothing but a barren patch of land and set of ambitious plans.

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