Project information

LifeWorks transition to life on Civvy Street

Lifeworks is an innovative programme that provides individual, tailored and ongoing support that can help overcome the difficulties of adjusting to civilian life.
It is work-focussed assessment and employability course that provides follow-up information advice and guidance and ongoing support.

January 2013 - December 2020

Charity information: Royal British Legion Industries Ltd

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  • Need


    The adjustment to civilian life when you leave the Armed Forces. To help long term career prospects or identify short-term employment options.
    To recognise how the skills and training acquired in the services can be transferred to civilian employment.
    To Identify your strengths, skills, capabilities and aspirations.
    To learn how to live with a disability.
    Learn how to write a CV or complete a convincing job application.
    A personal programme built around you.


    LifeWorks is a residential programme both in the UK and overseas. The course is led by skilled assessors and coaches I small groups of up to ten. You receive personal attention, guidance and an opportunity to share your experience with your fellow participants.
    Delegates work with a coach to develop a personal action plan.
    Receive RBLI 'Toolkit' - your own manual of information material to refer back to.
    Receive ongoing advice through our Reachback programme.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make the transition to civvy life easier and to find employment for ex-servicemen.


    » RBLI will deliver LifeWorks free to ex servicemen at our training centre in Aylesford, Kent and to other geographical areas.

    What success will look like

    By the number of delegates who progress into work, training and volunteering.

  • Impact


    A transition into every day work life gaining employment and/or training.
    To give delegates a good understanding of where to go, what to do and how to prepare themselves for it.
    To learn how to perform well and the interview techniques for a successful interview.
    To ensure delegate of their overall readiness for the world of work.


    That insufficient income could reduce the level of courses delivered.

    We have dealt with this by applying to various sources with success and now asking for the future.


    RBLI can report how many delegates find work, go into further training or volunteering.
    How many of the delegates remain in full/part time work after 6 and 12 months.
    How Reachback, the follow up service recorded the delegates progress.
    How many delegates enlisted on the courses.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £352,965

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      Amount Heading Description
      £71,566 LifeWorks Courses 17 courses 170 delegates
      £199,399 Management/overheads 17 courses 170 delegates
      £37,000 Travel, assessment material, c 17 courses 170 delegates
      £45,000 Traier and delegate accommodat 17 courses 170 delegates

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    J P Getty £10,000 Guaranteed
    Rank Foundation £100,000 Guaranteed
    Queeen MAry Roehampton Trust £12,000 Guaranteed
    Forces in Mind £110,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    LifeWorks will be held at the Royal British Legion Village, Aylesford, Kent
    RAF Henlow, Yeovilton, Shrewsbury, Hohne, Germany
    Gutersloh - Germany
    Redford Barracks, Edinburgh, Whittington. Lossiemouth
    Shape, Belgium, Paderbarn, Germany, Dhekelia, Cyprus
    Aldershot, Tidworth, Helenburgh, Lisburn


    Any ex servicemen or Housing Association person. We are able to deliver courses in other geographical areas subject to funding.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Royal British Legion Industries was established in 1919 and has a history of longevity in assisting all Armed Forces in many areas. This is the aim of the charity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sharon Patmore

    Sharon Patmore

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