Royal British Legion Industries - Grant awarded October 2018

Royal British Legion Industries’ LifeWorks programme has supported more than 1200 veterans across the UK since 2011.

It provides vital employment support for veterans who are struggling to find work or are looking for a change of career.

LifeWorks courses are delivered for free to veterans across the UK and following the Veterans’ Foundation grant, it was open to ex-servicemen and women in Merseyside and the North West.  

The week-long course, which provides crucial employment, CV-writing and interview training, sees 83% of participants find employment, training or volunteering within 12 months. 

Almost 80% of the programme’s attendees also have a physical or hidden disability. 

RBLI, which celebrates its centenary this year, marked the programme’s end by presenting the attendees with a bespoke sign – made veterans in RBLI’s social enterprise Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company - thanking the Veterans’ Foundation for their contribution.

 Ian Downie, Head of RBLI’s LifeWorks Programme, said: “Transitioning from the Armed Forces into the civilian world can be an incredibly challenging period for the service leaver. 

“Without employment, the lives of veterans can too often spiral downwards, resulting in a loss of independence, financial difficulties and drug and alcohol abuse -  this is simply unacceptable.

“However, now, with the generous support of the Veterans Foundation, we have been able to provide crucial employability skills to ex-service personnel in Liverpool.”