The Centenary Village

The Centenary Village vision began in 2015 when RBLI launched their new strategy ‘Improving Lives Every Day’. The aim was to ensure that as the charity drew closer to its centenary, it was ready to support veterans and their families for the next 100 years.

RBLI have now completed 24 new single-person apartments which were opened by the Secretary of State for Defence in 2017. We have also secured funding to expand our facilities for older veterans, including building 15 new care suites next to our current nursing home Gavin Astor House, a new Day Care Centre, and dementia training to the entire nursing team. Our integrated health and social care pathway, STEP-IN, is integral to these developments, and our welfare team have been working hard to support current residents.

Our New Housing and Care Plan

24 Apartments

Our 24 new apartments consist of two houses: Victory House and Invictus Games house. Victory House was named in gratitude for all victories achieved by our Forces, and for the devastating sacrifices that made victory possible. Invictus Games House was named to celebrate the spirit of the Invictus Games - where our nation’s veterans, whatever their obstacles, and with the national fully behind them, keep on striving to train, grow, learn, participate and win.

Key Amenities
  • Disability access via lift
  • Private bathrooms/disability accessible wetrooms
  • Lighter doors with wider frames
  • Adjustable kitchen cabinets
  • Hard wooden floors for wheelchair use
  • Wider parking bays for disability access
  • Audio intercom system

New Nursing Home

RBLI are currently in the process of developing a new luxury care home adjacent to Gavin Astor House. This state-of-the-art facility opening Summer 2019 will provide 15 new rooms. These will be built to the highest specification, ensuring we are able to provide the highest quality of care to our residents.

The residents will have access to the Woodland Garden at Gavin Astor House, and will also be able to access a hydrotherapy bathroom, recreational areas, on-site hairdressers and social activities.

Key Amenities
  • Disability access via ramps
  • Private bedrooms
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • 24 hour nursing cares
  • Regular activities
  • Wider parking bays for disability access
  • Nurse call system

Day Care Centre

Our new Day Care Centre will be open to any local residents with a disability, illness or injury who require care, supervision and support with their health, nutritional, social and daily living needs. With nurses on-site as well as various social activities, the centre will support people to delay admission to residential care as long as possible, and allow carers respite from the daily responsibilities of care. Activities available may include: animal therapy, arts and crafts, wellbeing sessions and more. The centre will be open to anyone aged 18+.

Key Amenities
  • Disability access via ramps
  • Private bathrooms with disabled access
  • On-site nurse at all times
  • Regular activities
  • Wider parking bays for disability access

Dementia Training

We will be providing specialised dementia training to our nursing and care staff to help tackle dementia and support residents with dementia as well as their families.

The programme will be delivered by world-renowned trainers from Dementia Care Matters and is supported by The Aged Veterans Fund, funded by the Chancellor. The programme will see all staff who care for elderly veterans, and others, receive year-long dementia training. Some team members will also receive university-standard tuition.

Key Features
  • Leadership training
  • Safeguarding
  • Emotional intelligence training
  • Communication skills development
  • Qualitative observation skills

Thank You To...

Thank you to our funders:

Centenary Village Plans

For almost 100 years RBLI has been providing vital support to Britain’s ex-Forces, particularly those who are wounded, injured or sick. As our centenary approaches, we are focusing on how to ensure we continue supporting the Armed Forces community for the next 100 years. Our plan is to create a village where veterans and their families can be part of a thriving, supportive community which is a stepping stone to a brighter future.

To mark our Centenary year in 2019, we want to expand their Village even further, ensuring that vital and effective work is delivered to 100 more veterans in need at any one time for the next 100 years.

Why Now?

We are committed to helping veterans for the next 100 years - research, and our extensive experience of working with veterans, shows that the next 50 years will be critical for those who have fought in recent conflicts. The need is real and urgent. For many leaving the Armed Forces, renting in the private sector can be a new and challenging experience. Single men, in particular, can struggle to access social housing and many end up sofa-surfing. They can then find it impossible to secure employment without a fixed address, experience money issues and often relationship breakdown - this is a vicious cycle.

Veterans with disabilities or long-term health conditions urgently need support to help them manage newly gained conditions/injuries and help to cope with the life changes associated with such conditions. Properly adapted homes with access to healthcare and employability services on hand and that we focus on reducing social isolation, especially for those veterans who have additional complex barriers to independence.

The planned Centenary Village is our response and solution to these issues. This £22m campaign will help by constructing new, purpose-built homes for veterans and their families, and creating a thriving community with shared facilities and activities. This will be supported by our leading health and social care model, STEP-IN, ensuring all residents have holistic wrap-around support to help them gain new skills, find employment, and cope with changes linked to health conditions.

“I am very conscious that our veterans, particularly from recent operations, many of whom were young when they experienced life-changing injuries, will need our support for decades to come. We need to be there for them.”

General Sir Gordon Messenger, Vice Chief of Defence Staff,
KCB DSO* OBE ADC, Centenary Village Campaign Patron

How You Can Help

We have already raised £12m of this ambitious £22m campaign, and will need another £10m to build phase two of the Centenary Village. This will be a significant investment for the future of ex-Armed Forces personnel throughout the UK. This investment will enable veterans who come to RBLI with no money, no job and no home to leave with a second live on civvy street in place. We are now actively fundraising through the military community, corporate partnerships, trust, foundation and individual philanthropists, to help us create this incredible and lasting legacy for veterans.

If you would like to be involved, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us in our centenary year, please get in touch. Anything you can to help ensure veterans are supported, whatever their needs, backgrounds or situation, will be appreciated. Please get involved and together we can, and we will, make a difference.

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