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The Supported Employment Scheme 

Poppy Factory 450Since 1922 The Poppy Factory in Richmond, Surrey has been employing disabled ex-Service men and women in the production of poppies and wreaths.

Our vision is that all disabled ex-Service men and women should have the opportunity of undertaking satisfying paid employment, consistent with their abilities.

The mission of The Poppy Factory is to provide paid employment opportunities for disabled ex-Service men and women. The Poppy Factory has been successful in expanding its mission and supports paid working schemes for disabled ex-Service men and women within a large number of private and charitable organisations throughout the country.

The Poppy Factory is prepared to provide funding to support this employment and is seeking employers who have employment opportunities which would suit disabled ex-Service men and women.
If you wish to be considered for this scheme please send an email to:

The Poppy Factory would also like to hear from disabled ex-Service men and women who wish to be considered for this scheme.

To contact The Poppy Factory directly, please write to:

The Supported Employment Manager
The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory
20 Petersham Road
Surrey TW10 6UR

Telephone: 0208 940 3305

Email: The Career Transition Partnership:


Age NI


Are you an older person? Do you belong to a group or organisation for older people?  Do you care for an older person? Would you like an opportunity to have your say on issues that matter to you?

Who are Age NI?  Age NI are the new force combining Age Concern NI and Help the Aged in Northern Ireland. We work for a better later life today and tomorrow. We celebrate ageing and work to create opportunity in later life. 

How can you have your say?  We want to hear from older people, who belong to groups, organisations or clubs, who live in sheltered accommodation, or who are carers, about what the key issues affecting older people are. If you or an older person you know has encountered problems with things like benefits, health and social care, housing, transport, if you have been discriminated against on the grounds of your age, if you struggle on a low income, or if you have another burning issue you want to share - we want to know about it! Age NI has recruited and trained older volunteers to act as peer facilitators. It is these older people who will come out to your group or organisation and gather the information that you would like to pass on. 

How will you use this information? Age NI lobby Government to improve lives for older people.  We campaign on issues relating to poverty, health and social care and equality.  The more information we can gather on how older people are affected by these issues the stronger our case will be.  We need your help! If we are not lobbying on the issue you are concerned about, we can, with your permission, share your story with an organisation or group that is.  

Please note this is merely a reporting tool.  If you require advice on a matter you can ring our Advice & Advocacy freephone number on 0808 808 7575 for personalised advice. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm. 

What do I do now?  Peer Facilitators will be available to visit your group at a date and time which suits you. They will spend approximately one hour with you, to facilitate a listening session with you, gather your views, and bring them back to Age NI. 

If you are interested, and would like to arrange for someone to come out to your group/organisation, please use the contact details as follows:

Main contact: Maura McClean, Project Manager, Age NI 

Tel: 028 9089 2632/ 028 9024 5729

Mobile: 07809 553069



Benenden Healthcare Society

A representative of Benenden Healthcare Society recently visited the RBL office in Belfast to advise staff and members of their scheme.  The following is an excerpt from their literature.  It is entirely a matter for individual members to decide if this scheme is 'right' for them, and no endorsement or recommendation is being made in this regard.

Join Benenden Healthcare Society: If you'd like the security and peace of mind of an excellent healthcare package but have found in the past that it's too expensive, welcome to Benenden Healthcare.

Link _benendenWho are Benenden Healthcare? Benenden Healthcare is a mutual, not-profit healthcare society, funded by and for its members so that it can provide medical help for those who need it most. That means it doesn't offer unlimited healthcare benefits, but does offer a wide range of discretionary benefits to its members. Until recently, only people who had been employed in the public sector could take advantage of membership, however recent rule changes have now extended eligibility out to staff and members of charities.

For just £1.50 per person, per week…

  • The Society can help you to get a prompt diagnosis where appropriate in a local private hospital, plus treatment and surgery for a range of conditions in specially selected private hospitals
  • If you need physiotherapy, counselling or psychology, you can get help towards the costs of the treatment recommended by your GP or Consultant
  • Benenden Healthcare provides 24-hour helplines for both stress counselling and GP advice, so whether you're experiencing personal difficulties or need medical advice, they are there
  • You can add friends and family as members for just £1.50 per person per week

To find out more or to join, call 0845 052 5731 and quote "BERNI" or

Email for more information.

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