Hull’s RBL secured for another year

Hull’s Royal British Legion support service has moved to bigger premises to enable it to support more people.

Run by the Goodwin Development Trust, the RBL service will find its new home in the Goodwin Community College building on Anlaby Road from this week after receiving confirmation of funding for at least another year.

In the last 12 months, the service has supported over 500 service personnel, ex personnel and their families, from Hull and the East Riding. Support can be financial or practical and ranges from funding for home adaptations to counselling and even help with finding a job.

Success stories include one former serviceman that found himself homeless after serving nine years in the RAF – the RBL was able to support him to complete an electrical course, through which he secured full-time employment and now rents his own flat.

Mr B is another former soldier that has received support from the RBL after suffering with numerous health issues, which have led to immobility and him relying heavily upon his wife for support. After contacting the RBL nationally, his case was referred to Goodwin who have installed a ramp at his property and funded the purchase of a new mobility scooter, which now enables Mr B to get out and about and takes pressure off his wife as his carer.

Debbie Harding, RBL Area Manager for Yorkshire & Humber commented: “The Royal British Legion in Hull offers a valuable service for members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families and I’m delighted to see the service developing to meet the needs of our beneficiaries.

“The Legion wants to be as open and as accessible as possible, so moving to premises in a central location will help the team meet the needs of those people that need their support.”

The Goodwin Community College provides a more accessible and central point of contact where people can meet with advisors. For advice or to book an appointment, contact the team directly on 217274.