17 November 2016

LifeWorks looks to help more Veterans in Wales

Earlier today, LifeWorks Wales launched at the Pierhead of the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff Bay.

A recent LifeWorks evaluation by the Learning & Work Institute has shown that 83% of delegates move into paid employment, volunteering or training within one year, despite 79% having a health condition or disability.

In Wales, 1 in 20 of the population has served in the Armed Forces. In addition to this, working age Veterans are twice as likely to be unemployed as the general population, and more likely to be economically inactive, and not even looking for work. With such a high population of Veterans in Wales, it is our duty to offer them support. 

Steve Sherry, Chief Exceutive of RBLI said:

"Veterans are hard to find. The people who need support have often left the forces a number of years ago and have dropped off the radar. We have Lifeworks, which we know can change lives, but we need help to find he Veterans in Wales who can benefit.

"Councils and Assembly Members can support us by spreading awareness of Lifeworks through their networks, and by promoting the course in their community. Everybody knows a Veteran and we need communities to look out for Veterans and refer them to our teams."

Ann Jones, Assembly Member for the Vale of Clwyd and Deputy Presiding Officer, referred to LifeWorks as a 'beacon' and 'shining example' of support for Veterans, while welcoming attendees. 

RBLI is committed to raising awareness of LifeWorks, and improving the lives of more Veterans across Wales.