The Centenary Village
The Centenary Village vision began in 2015 when we launched our new strategy ‘Improving Lives Every Day’. The aim was to ensure that as we drew closer to celebrating our milestone centenary year, we had the facilities in place to support veterans and their families for the next 100 years.
In 2017 the Secretary of State for Defence opened the first stage of the Centenary Village expansion, our 24 new single-person apartments. We then begun work of expanding our facilities for older veterans, and have recently completed our new Extra Care Facility, and as part of our investment in elderly care, our entire nursing team have received specialist dementia training.
Our model of integrated health and social care, STEP-IN, is integral to these developments. Every resident currently on our village, and all those to join as we continue to expand will be entered onto our programme. Each individual receiving a tailored plan for self-development created by our on-site welfare team. The aim on STEP-IN is to make each individual as independent as possible, and give them the skills to create a positive future.
OUR NEW HOUSING AND CARE PLAN
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.
- Fully accessible via ramps and lifts
- Private bathrooms/disability accessible wet rooms
- Lighter doors with wider frames
- Adjustable kitchen cabinets
- Hard wooden floors for wheelchair use
- Wider parking bays for disability access
- Audio intercom system
Extra Care Facility Appleton LodgeAppleton Lodge, our extra care facility, is set amidst landscaped gardens in the heart of RBLI’s unique village community in Aylesford, Kent. The state-of-the-art facility provides 15 luxurious suites, offering spacious rooms, flexible living spaces, and modern en-suite facilities. Appleton Lodge was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on Wednesday 6th November 2019. Residents have access the woodland garden at RBLI’s other care facility, Gavin Astor House, and will be able to enjoy access to a hydrotherapy bathroom, recreational areas, on-site hairdressers and social activities. It offers 24 hour nursing care, for older people in a home-from-home environment. Helping 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+.
- Fully accessible via ramps and lifts
- Private bathrooms
- En-suite bathrooms
- 24 hour nursing care
- Regular activities
- Wider parking bays for disability access
- Nurse call system
DEMENTIA TRAININGRBLI’s entire nursing and care team have been given specialist dementia training to help support residents with dementia as well as their families. The programme delivered by world-renowned trainers from Dementia Care Matters and was supported by The Aged Veterans Fund, funded by the Chancellor. The programme saw all staff who care for elderly veterans, and others, receive year-long dementia training. Some team members have also received university-standard tuition. Thanks to this specialist training we are now able to provide better care for those living with dementia, and have designed our new Extra Care Facility to help our residents retain their independence. Helping 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+.
- Leadership training
- Emotional intelligence training
- Communication skills development
- Qualitative observation skills
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS…Morrisons Foundation, ABF, Chelsea Barracks, Garfield Weston, MOD, Hobson Charity, Annington, Barratt Developments, Greenwich Hospital, Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, The Wolfson Foundation
THE CENTENARY VILLAGE
For 100 years RBLI has been providing vital support to Britain’s ex-Forces, no matter their age, physical disability or mental health condition. As we mark our centenary, we are looking to the future to ensure we can continue to provide our vital services to the Armed Forces community for another 100 years. We are conscious that in the years to come even more veterans will need the vital support we offer. In order to do this we are expanding our existing village so that for the next 100 years, more veterans and their families can be part of a thriving, supportive community which is a stepping stone to a brighter future.
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 multiple and complex disabilities or long-term health conditions urgently need support to help them manage newly gained conditions or injuries, and develop ways to cope with the life changes associated with such conditions. The Centenary Village will provide properly adapted homes with access to healthcare and employability services, including work experience in our on-site manufacturing social enterprise. The Centenary Village is our response and solution to these issues. This £22m campaign will help by constructing new and accessible purpose-built homes for veterans and their families, and creating a thriving community with shared facilities and activities with a focus on reducing social isolation and barriers to independence. 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 associated with transitioning into civilian life and health conditions.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We have already raised £18m of this ambitious £22m campaign, and cut the turf for the Centenary Village in Autumn 2019. This is a significant and vital investment for the future of ex-Armed Forces personnel throughout the UK, and will enable another 100 veterans each year to benefit from RBLI’s life-changing support.
We need a further £4m in order to realise our vision and help future generations of veterans transform their lives through the stability of an accessible home, the right skills to find and maintain secure employment, and the ability to cope with significant life changes brought about by service related injury or illness.
We are now actively fundraising through the military community, corporate partnerships, trusts, foundations and individual philanthropists, to help us create this incredible 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 give 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.
The Centenary Village is our response and solution to these issues. This £22m campaign will help by constructing new and accessible purpose-built homes for veterans and their families, and creating a thriving community with shared facilities and activities with a focus on reducing social isolation and barriers to independence. 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 associated with transitioning into civilian life and health conditions.