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A Festive Update

In the run up to the festive season, I’m pleased to report that we remain very much on track with delivery of the Strategy we launched earlier this year. There have been a number of successes which demonstrate this. We have continued to support the work of the Army Recovery Capability, having just hosted a further assessment and training course. Our training team has delivered a number of LifeWorks courses and we are proud to report that delegates from these courses are now moving into employment and further vocational training.

Our training team has delivered a number of LifeWorks courses and we are proud to report that delegates from these courses are now moving into employment and further vocational training.


Social Enterprise has recently secured a contract to provide services to the MOD as well as adding a number of new customers for signs, mail house, printing and fulfilment services to its portfolio. The number of customers supported into work through Work Programme continues to grow and we have successfully implemented two Access to Work contracts for the delivery of workplace assessments across the South of England, London and the Home Counties.



Our Property Services team have been invited to tender to provide grounds maintenance work around Kent and a new and exciting project which will provide employment for ex Service, ex offenders that we will deliver in partnership with Blue Sky will now go live in Spring 2012. The Welfare and Healthcare Team continue to support an increasing number of beneficiaries with high quality care, accommodation, advice and guidance.



The latest K’nex ‘Big Build’ project, which has generated much interest and intrigue over the last few weeks will be unveiled early in the New Year when it finally reaches its destination in Houston, Texas. We look forward to providing more detail on this project in January, including information and video footage relating to the build process.


We look forward to providing more detail on this project in January, including information and video footage relating to the build process.


I’d like to wish all our customers, partners and friends a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you for your ongoing support; I look forward to working with all of you to continue our Strategy delivery in 2012.

Christmas Baubles Image by Petr Kratochvil

AtW Contracts Commence



We are proud to announce that our Access to Work contracts have commenced today. We are delivering two contracts, across London & the Home Counties and Southern England. This new Government funded contract is designed to support anyone with a disability or health condition and is managed by DWP and Job Centre Plus.
We are a specialist charity which, by working closely with our better known partner, The Royal British Legion, provide specialist vocational support to the armed forces community. As an organisation, we have supported veterans in the workplace for almost 100 years, so using this experience to support the wider public makes perfect sense.

 “As an organisation, we have supported veterans in the workplace for almost 100 years, so using this experience to support the wider public made perfect sense”

We are delighted to be able to offer this excellent Government service and we are all excited about meeting the challenges of providing this service and supporting individuals to sustain employment.
The new contract commences today and those that believe that they may be eligible for support or need further information on the service should look at the Direct Gov website or contact their local Job Centre Plus office. 

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I am absolutely delighted to be able to confirm that RBLI has been announced as the preferred bidder for the Access to Work contract in both London & The Home Counties and Southern England.

This represents a fantastic win for RBLI and is confirmation of the quality of service that is already provided by our current team in the North West.  We will now begin the process of negotiation of the final contract with DWP.  The implementation team has been formed and the process has been started with a view to delivery beginning in November 2011.

However, this news is also tinged with sadness as our current North West team will be leaving RBLI under TUPE to join the new contract holder in the North West, Capita.  I’m sure that they will be a considerable asset to the Capita team and they will be sorely missed by us here.

Congratulations though to all involved in the Access to Work bid.  This really is excellent news and puts us in a great position to roll out new services across the whole of the south of England.

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The Access to Work contract (ergonomic and technical in-work support assessment) has been a huge success for us here at RBLI and our service and quality has been praised by many.  The contract will be ending in November of this year and our BD team have just submitted bids for the new A2W contract.  We have bid in the North East, North West, Central England, London and the Home Counties and Southern England.
The contract is slightly different this time as the assessment service is based upon a holistic service and is now disability led, which will play to our strengths as an organisation with many years of experience supporting individuals with disabilities.
We are now waiting to hear the outcome of this bidding round but I and the Senior Management Team are hopeful that we have submitted strong bids with a good track record and strong reputation.