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Victor Project welcomes Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

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The Victor Project which provides employment and training for ex service, ex offenders continues to go from strength to strength.  We were therefore delighted to welcome Rt Hon Chris Grayling, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford when they came to talk to some of the Victor participants and stakeholders.

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The project is delivered through a partnership between Blue Sky who have been running projects for ex offenders for many years and RBLI, whose expertise with Armed Forces personnel is well established.  Working with unemployed veterans who have also been in prison, the project provides employment and training in grounds maintenance.

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The project is supported by a number of organisations, including the Forces in Mind Trust with a view to extending the number of projects operating to many more potential beneficiaries across a wider geographical area.

Launch of Victor Project

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We are looking forward to the launch of the first Victor Project, based on a partnership initiative that RBLI has developed with Blue Sky.   The first of these projects goes live in Medway on 16th April.    Blue Sky is a well respected charity working with ex offenders to provide training and development through employment.   We’ve combined our expertise in the ex Service environment to launch Victor – providing training, development and work to ex offenders with an Armed Forces background.     This first project will be to provide grounds maintenance services to Medway Council, who hope that the project will help them meet their objective of reducing re-offending in Medway.

RBLI is delighted to be working in partnership with Blue Sky, an organisation which shares our objective of providing independence through sustained employment.   Blue Sky was selected as the Number 10 Downing Street Volunteer Partner for 2011, recognising their contribution to Big Society objectives and acknowledged at a recent reception hosted by Rt Hon David Cameron.

We hope this will be the first of many successful projects delivered in partnership with Blue Sky; we are already working on the next one which we hope to be able to detail soon.

Launching ‘VICTOR’

Continuing the theme of working in partnership, which will be a key focus of our work through 2012, we are also pleased to be working with the charity, Blue Sky to deliver ‘VICTOR’ – a project aimed to provide support to ex Service ex offenders.   

This project will provide employment support to move individuals into sustainable employment and reduce the risk of re-offending.    Customers will be given support with CV writing, developing job search skills, interview techniques whilst undertaking temporary employment and training in grounds maintenance work.  The first project launches in April with Medway Council who will contract out grounds maintenance work to the Victor team.   We look forward to further such initiatives being developed with other Organisations over the coming months.

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.

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