1 June 2018

RBLI is supporting Volunteers' Week 2018

At RBLI, our volunteers are fundamental to all the work we undertake, providing outstanding support across our range of services, whether that is befriending those who feel isolated, tending to the grounds of our unique Aylesford village or providing crucial office support to the rest of our team – this is to name but a few.

To celebrate National Volunteers’ Week, RBLI’s Chief Executive Steve Sherry explains more about the truly valuable contribution made on a daily basis by our organisation’s volunteer team.

“At RBLI we generously receive more than 14,000 hours of support from over 300 individuals each year, all of whom volunteer their time to ensure that our organisation can continue to provide outstanding support to the Armed Forces community, people with disabilities and individuals who are out of work.

“Every year, the first week of June in the UK marks National Volunteers’ Week, a chance for organisations to highlight and celebrate the fantastic contributions that individuals make by giving their spare time and their enthusiasm.

“It is with this in mind that I would like to offer my sincerest and most heartfelt thank you to each and every person who has given their time to support RBLI over the last 12 months. Without the support of these volunteers we would not be able to improve as many lives across the UK as we have.

“In the past year RBLI has gone from strength to strength, providing new state of the art accommodation for veterans in the form of our 24 apartments for wounded, injured and sick veterans, winning national government contracts and spreading the services of our Employment Solutions team and our social enterprise – Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company – further across the UK.

“Over the next year we are pleased that we will be opening a new nursing home, and also refurbishing Gavin Astor House, to provide a specialist dementia care floor. We are also working with a number of other charities on a project to commemorate the end of World War One.

“As part of the RBLI family, each and every volunteer is an essential part of all of this wonderful success, and your contributions and collective efforts bring a unique dimension to the offer we can give to the people we support.

“RBLI’s Volunteering Programme is still relatively new in the history of RBLI, and I have been thrilled to see how it has grown in the last three years. I have been bowled over by the commitment and enthusiasm of every volunteer that I meet, and the exceptional support that they all give helps us to provide veterans, their families and the wider community the opportunity to regain their independence, develop their skills and flourish in their chosen field.

“Not only is volunteering at RBLI supporting our beneficiaries but it is also a fantastic example of how organisations can integrate fully with the communities that they operate in, and all of our volunteers are fundamental in helping us to achieve this.

“At RBLI it is also important to us that volunteering is a mutually beneficial relationship and I sincerely hope that your volunteering also encourages, supports and gives you the opportunities to continue your own personal development. 

“Whether volunteering on the village in Aylesford or wider afield in one of our offices across the South East or in a home-based role, each volunteer showcases a desire to support others to succeed which is truly inspirational. By harnessing the passion of each volunteer, RBLI is able to provide outstanding support to individuals across the UK and together we are able to help our beneficiaries by decreasing social isolation, promoting health and wellbeing activities, and supporting them into sustainable employment and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

“As I said, the programme is still in its early days but is growing fast, and will benefit from many more volunteers.  So I seek your help in getting the message out there to like-minded people who you think would benefit the RBLI Team.

“I want to extend the warmest of thank you to you all for what you have done in supporting our beneficiaries at RBLI. I am truly honoured to be able to lead an organisation with of such dedicated and inspirational people.”

Steve Sherry CMG OBE

Chief Executive

Could you or someone you know give your time and support to help RBLI improve lives every day?

We have a range of volunteer roles available and are always looking for enthusiastic and passionate people to get involved and volunteer their time.

If you are interested in discussing our various opportunities then please get in contact with RBLI’s Volunteering Team, either by email on volunteer@rbli.co.uk or by phone on 01622 795924