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ABF Chief Executive shown how LifeWorks funding is making a real difference

We were delighted to welcome Major General Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to our head office in Aylesford.  ABF has supported our LifeWorks course from the very start by funding delegate places for serving and ex-service personnel requiring extra support for the transition to civilian life.  With LifeWorks celebrating its first year this was a great opportunity to show Martin how ABF’s funding had made a real difference.

Martin also met with Yuvaraj an ex-Gurkha who served in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, in Afghanistan.  During his time serving in HM Forces, Yuvaraj developed vision and hearing problems, which were eventually diagnosed as a brain tumour and has subsequently been discharged and has now transitioned into civilian life.  ABF was one of a number of charities who funded essential household items and official documentation required to enable Yuvaraj to live independently with the support of family and friends.

We would like to thank ABF for their continued support and look forward to assisting the increasing number of wounded, injured and sick service and ex-service personnel gain independence via support and employment.

LifeWorks Journey Week 2012

Lifeworks, supported by ABF the soldiers’ charity, is an innovative employment guidance service for the Armed Forces Community, enabling them to build on their existing skills beyond the Armed Forces and achieve sustainable work.

This week (13-17th Feb) is RBLI’s LifeWorks Journey Week 2012, each day we have been releasing former LifeWorks delegates’ video journeys to:

To round off LifeWorks Journey Week 2012 we are releasing a new interactive LifeWorks Update Brochure which will explain how LifeWorks can help, when it will be provided and how the course has developed.

More successes for our Social Enterprise

I’m also pleased to report that our Social Enterprise has achieved yet more success!   We’ve just been accredited a preferred supplier to Carillion plc.   
One of the key factors to our success as a Social Enterprise is that we operate on a par with any other organisation when competing for business, which means that quality accreditations and approved supplier status are vital elements in terms of differentiation and added value.    We know we do a great job but it’s always a major boost for us to have this recognised by external organisations. We have a long term aim to provide more employment opportunities at RBLI and becoming an approved supplier to Carillion is yet another step in our journey to achieving this.

Training Courses

I have been most impressed by our newly updated portfolio of training courses.  Utilising RBLI’s expertise in employment solutions for both civilian and military customers, Emma, Sharon and the training team have designed, tested and piloted an extensive range of flexible training courses.  We are already using these courses for our own staff and the feedback is enormously positive.  I look forward to external feedback as our commercial customers begin to experience these new offerings.
The courses are all focused on improving outcomes for individuals and organisation and include:-
  • Chrysalis Motivational Workshop – Our specially designed personal development programme
  • Feeling Good Workshops – A series of workshop which help delegates understand how anxiety, stress, low mood can affect you at work and home, as well as how to manage physical health to cope at work
  • Coaching for Change – understand the stages of transitional change and how better to manage resulting feelings, thoughts and behaviours
  • Healthy Working Workshop – understand how some of the more common health and wellbeing topics can affect work
  • Managing Stress – Our workshop provides support and guidance to managers, ensuring that they are better equipped to identify early signs of stress and understand and manage staff with stress related illness
  • Disability Awareness – Workshop aimed at assisting participants to better understand what the terms disability means and its difference from ill-health
  • Managing DSE Assessments Bite sized training workshops, provided in house, designed to fully meet your employee DSE training obligations
  • Workplace Ergonomics Workshops designed to identify ergonomic support to individuals and teams in the workplace
Well done to the team for producing these exciting new courses to such high standards.  These are exciting times and developing our people to meet the employment challenges of today and tomorrow is at the heart of our training division.

Office Visits

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of visiting our Work Programme Offices in Crawley, Chichester and Brighton.  RBLI, working in partnership with G4S, now has over 800 clients referred to us in the first 4 weeks of the programme. 
I joined in our of the induction courses for 8 new clients in one office where I was impressed by the enthusiasm and motivation of staff and customers alike.  The induction sessions include an in depth one to one between the client and their consultant and this session sets the scene for designing a bespoke package of support for each individual.  One client said “It is nice to be treated like an adult”.
The offices are equipped with job search computers for clients to use at anytime and a full programme of courses to help individuals prepare themselves for employment is on offer.

Medway Office Opening

Now that the Work Programme is upon us, we are getting on with the job at hand – helping people find new jobs and build new futures.  In Chatham I was delighted to welcome our local MP, Tracey Crouch, to perform the opening ceremony of our new Medway office located in the Pentagon Shopping Centre.  Tracey met with our customers and staff and said how impressed she was with the work we do and our professional yet caring approach.
A big thank you to Tracey for taking the time and to everyone involved in the delivery of the Work Programme.