Royal British Legion Industries
The Morrisons Foundation recently supported Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), a national charity supporting the Armed Forces, people with disabilities and people who are unemployed.
The support from the Morrisons Foundation has enabled RBLI to deliver their LifeWorks programme in five locations (Manchester x2, Cardiff, Llandudno and Barnsley) across the UK.
LifeWorks is a purpose focused bespoke employability coaching course, available to anyone who has served in the British Armed Forces, full-time or Reserves, no matter for how long or when. The fully funded course helps build the confidence and independence of Veterans as well as providing them with the necessary tools to find the type of employment that best suits them. At the conclusion of the 5 day residential face to face course, beneficiaries are able to access LifeWorks’ unique ‘ReachBack’ support programme to receive ongoing welfare and employability support from RBLI for the following 12 months.
RBLI’s Head Armed Forces Employment Support, Garrath Williams, said: “Supporting our veterans who have been unable, for a variety of reasons, to find purposeful employment must be a priority for our communities. LifeWorks courses have supported more than 3,000 veterans throughout the UK with more than eight out of 10 moving into employment, training or volunteering within 12 months. We are incredibly grateful for the Morrisons Foundation’s continued support of RBLI’s LifeWorks programme – their support will have a tremendous impact on the lives of veterans throughout the country.”
Jean Bickerton, Community Champion at the Morrisons store in Barnsley attended the graduation day of the Life Works course held in Barnsley. She said: “I’m really pleased that we were able to help a charity that we hold so dear to our heart. Morrisons recognises that civilian life is something that for some people can be difficult to adapt to, and the Life Works course really helps support the Veterans that given so much for our country."
“Knowing that our support will make a genuine difference to such brave individuals really does make me proud. Supporting the causes that are personal to us is at the heart of what the Foundation is all about and I’m so happy that we can provide this grant.”
This is the latest in the ongoing support for RBLI from Morrisons. In 2017, the Morrisons Foundation donated £293,000 to specially-adapted apartments for wounded veterans. In September, RBLI launched its first retail product in its 100-year history. Veterans working in RBLI’s social enterprise, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, launched fundraising coasters in 192 Morrisons stores throughout the UK.