Branch Community Support, formerly known as Branch Welfare, acts as the eyes and ears on the ground, able to help those, in the Armed Forces Community, that rarely have the opportunity to interact with others or whose families do not live nearby for support, as well as those who are bereaved or unaware of what The Legion can offer them by way of assistance.
Locally, Branch Community Support can offer :
Telephone buddies and home and hospital visitors, giving individuals, who are isolated or lonely, an opportunity to talk to someone, experience companionship and be part of the community. Both ways provide direct support to those who need it, and may act as a 'lifeline' in helping to improve someone's mental and physical wellbeing and happiness.
Bereavement support, including help with Legion representation and standard bearers from our branch, showing support by being present at a funeral and providing a sense of comradeship at a difficult time.
Signposting to specialists services within The British Legion and other organisations. The Legion specialists include, The Somerset Admiral Nurse team are specialist dementia nurses giving support to family carers and people with dementia
The Handy Van Service is designed to deliver low level home maintenance tasks;
Independent Living Advice, specialist advice, advocacy and referral to statutory, charitable and private sources; advice about benefits, debts and money; the War Pension and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and free will-writing service.
The Royal British Legion is working hard to make it easier for those it supports to understand and use the service. At the end of May 2017 The Legion, working in collaboration and partnership with other organisations, both within and outside of the Armed Forces sector, launched the Veterans' Gateway which aims to be the first point of contact for veterans and their families seeking information, advice and support.
Contact www.veteransgateway.org.uk or call 0808 802 1212.
For more information about Branch Community Support or if you are interested in offering support locally please contact Sue Willis on 01458 250772 or visit rbl.org.uk if you need help or perhaps you know someone who needs a hand?