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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.

2011 in numbers…

When reviewing RBLI’s achievements in 2011 my eye was quickly drawn towards a series of numbers:

  • We have enabled 350 people to find employment through the Work Programme and have started assisting 4700 individuals who are long term unemployed.
  • We have given 5224 members of the Armed Forces community, employment and training information, advice and guidance through the Civvy Street programme.


  • LifeWorks, our new vocational assessment service, has worked with 45 wounded, injured and sick ex Service personnel.
  •  65 members of the Armed Forces have attended the Army Recovery Courses (ARC) on our site in Aylesford, Kent.


  • We have supported 3 young ex-Gurkhas, one of whom has recently started employment in our Signs Department, by providing accommodation in our village.
  •  We are proud to have a workforce consisting of 88 employees with disabilities.
  • 300,000 pieces K’NEX (construction toy), have been assembled by our specialist team for a range of global displays (see our monster truck).



  • 237,000 new pallets have been built by our Pallet Department. 510,000 other pallets have been inspected, maintained and returned to the system.
  • Our village hosts 50 people in our high dependency care home, 38 in our assisted living home and a further 137 in our houses.
  • 3 new apprentices have joined our team. We hope that this number will grow in 2012.
  •  With a combined age of 153, 3 members of our Senior Management Team, successfully completed the Maidstone Half Marathon and the hope is that the number of RBLI runners will increase in 2012 thereby reducing the average age of participants!


  •  54 local children with special needs and their carers attended a Christmas Party as part of our own charitable contribution to our community.
  •  504 people ‘follow’ @RBLI on Twitter.
  •  RBLI videos have been watched 1,047 time on YouTube.

  
A total of 300 RBLI staff made all of the above numbers happen. Of course, the numbers merely give some idea of scale of effort. What is less easy to describe is the dedication, passion and commitment that is required to deliver such high quality services that I see as I visit all of our activities. I do hope that our blog and social medias will, through articles and photographs, better illustrate the work of RBLI and all our staff.

From all at RBLI, I wish you a very happy 2012.

Great results for our beneficiaries



Last week, we were delighted to hand over the keys to one of our houses to an ex Ghurka soldier,  now resident in the UK.   Yuvaraj moved into the village with his family following a period of rehabilitation resulting from an illness.  The Army Welfare Services pulled together a number of charities and support services, including Social Services, Army Benevolent Fund, St Dunstans and Help for Heroes to ensure Yuvaraj has everything he needs to live independently.   


This has been a great example of charities and local services working together to achieve practical results for our beneficiaries.  We welcome Yuvaraj and his family to the village and wish them well.