Royal British Legion Industries Grant Awarded

RBLI veterans receiving Veterans' Foundation grant
RBLI veterans receiving Veterans' Foundation grant

The Veterans' Foundation is proud to announce that RBLI is our latest grant recipient.

Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) is a charity that exists to help veterans find their feet whilst also helping adults with disabilities and people looking for work.

RBLI has been chosen to receive a grant from the Veterans’ Foundation, the work they do to help veterans prepare for life outside the army is invaluable and the gift will help change lives across the country.

“RBLI has given me a second life.” Anil, a veteran who was injured while on duty in Afghanistan was supported by RBLI to gain employment after completing his recovery. He now works as a sign maker, Anil like many other veterans supported by this charity has found employment thanks to the tireless work of its volunteers and programs.

Realising that veterans often struggle to readjust to life after serving in the forces, RBLI help ex-forces personnel take their first steps to employment.

RBLI also manages Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing company, in their own words: “It is our mission to create employment opportunities for ex-forces personnel, allowing them to use the skills they learned in the Armed Forces while enabling them to maintain their independence in civilian life.”

Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing supplies a wide range of products to companies in many industries including BMW, Network Rail and Siemens. The veterans working here learn valuable skills that enable them to pursue work in the manufacturing industry.  

What is RBLI's LifeWork's Program?

Royal British Legion Industries’ LifeWorks program 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 program’s attendees also have a physical or hidden disability. 
RBLI, which celebrates its centenary this year, marked the program’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.”

 

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