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Iain Duncan Smith Visit

Last Friday we welcomed The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Tracey Crouch MP for Chatham and Aylesford.  The Minister met many RBLI employees as we explained how our model of a Social Enterprise fits neatly into the Big Society Agenda.    The Minister also had an opportunity to meet some of the Armed Forces personnel who had sustained life changing injuries or illness attending our LifeWorks course.   They explained to him how the vocational assessment and employability training they had received during the week would help them to understand their employment options and compete more effectively for civilian work opportunities.   

We were able to feedback to the Minister some suggestions to enable us all to offer the widest range of services to former Armed Forces personnel


At the same time we hosted a meeting of representatives from KCC, Jobcentre Plus, G4S and Service Charities; including the Poppy Factory and Royal British Legion to explore how organisations could work together more effectively to improve access to services for former Armed Forces personnel seeking work.  We were able to feedback to the Minister some suggestions for quick and easy wins that would ensure better data capture and integration of services to enable us all to offer the widest range of services to former Armed Forces personnel.  Thus ensuring we can work together to help meet the principles of the Military Covenant.
The Secretary of State displayed a genuine feel and understanding of the work of RBLI.  He interacted positively with everyone he met and the visit was a most positive stimulus for all.  

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. 

Making the Work Programme Work in Crawley

Henry Smith MP Crawley
 

The local Conservative MP, Henry Smith, organised and chaired a meeting of organisations committed to making the Work Programme work.  The meeting was held in the RBLI/G4S Work Programme office in Crawley and included representatives from G4S, RBLI, Crawley Councillors, the Principal of Central Sussex College, Richmond Fellowship and Job Centre Plus, amongst others.
Sean Williams G4S

Sean Williams, Managing Director of G4S Work Programme, stated that Work Programme is the most ambitious plan to tackle worklessness that has ever been seen.  He went on to explain that it was aimed at not just finding employment, but sustaining people in employment.  Martin Derby, a RBLI consultant working in the Crawley office, related two powerful testimonies from his clients which demonstrated the breadth of support that we provide to our customers.

Lenny Walker Crawley Council
 
Lenny Walker, a Crawley Councillor, said that the Work Programme has a real need for partnerships and that our commitment to organising these events to bring people together was crucial to the development of those partnerships.
Overall the day was a great success and was well received by everyone that attended.