Latest News 26/02/21

The recent news cycles have brought a new normal closer to all of us. Whatever shape that takes is very much something to look forward to. Across all our homes, one to one visiting will commence under the current guidelines during the second week in March. 

As part of the Royal British Legion’s Centenary Project, all the constituent parts that make up our award-winning charity, have been invited to submit contributions for the “Telling Our Story” project. Any part of our past including the history of our branches, members, volunteers and community work to sharing related records, artefacts, experiences, personal stories and more tell our story better than any ad campaign.

The team at Galanos House have contributed the story of their world record attempt celebrating their 50th Anniversary alongside the video that accompanied the event. Galanos House World Record Attempt Video

All of our homes reflect the areas in which they are based, so generating support can be challenging at times; however, the good fortune that led Galanos House to be based in South Warwickshire has always been a huge bonus to everyone associated with the home. As of today’s date, submissions are still being accepted so if you have any stories to tell do so via this link. Telling Our Story Project

10/02/21

Preparations for Chinese New Year, a celebration for long service, a Mama Mia performance and a drink in the bar watching the rugby with friends. All is well!

 

24/01/21

Our homes have had a lot to think about this week, indeed it has been a momentous week for the Royal British Legion as a whole.

 

 

 

 

Alongside the regular testing and Covid precautions, the vaccination roll-out has continued at pace. Birthdays have been celebrated, plans were drawn up and preparations made for Burn’s Night, all the usual fare for a Royal British Legion Home.

 

 

 

 

Individually and as teams, the extraordinarily unselfish efforts are continuing across the group. Those of us standing on the sidelines can only watch with admiration as this flood of challenges is met head-on.

 

 

 

 

The homes are making plans for events surrounding the Royal British Legion’s Centenary in May, information on the interesting ideas being discussed will be published over the coming weeks. As for the Royal British Legion, the re-branding project started nearly three years ago, with a postponed launch in early 2020, will reveal all on Wednesday. The final briefing before the launch was held earlier this week with a concise and informative presentation online.

Stay safe,

Editor

 

News 10/01/21

Christmas is back in the loft until December, everything has been tidied up and 2021 is slowly unwrapping itself to reveal a very similar set of challenges to last year, perhaps?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stories abound of the magnificent efforts all our homes made on behalf of our residents over the festive period. First-hand reports have been effusive in the atmosphere that was so generously created by the staff across RBL’s care homes group. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The New Year is promising to bring all the “New Normal!” challenges in the short term but with a firm promise of better things to come later in the year. Safety-first and one step at a time will be the mottos for the foreseeable future, however, avoiding the lurking jeopardies of the pandemic remains an absolute priority.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One major cause for celebration will be the centenary of the British Legion (No Royal in those days!). We celebrate 100 years since, as the Last Post sounded, four wreaths were placed at the foot of the Cenotaph in London at 09:00 on Sunday 15th May 1921. At the centre of each wreath was the device of an ex-service organisation. Thus sealing a solemn accord; the foundation of the British Legion.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There will be plenty to celebrate and ponder, not the least of which will be the continuing success of the Royal British Legion’s care homes group. This sector within the RBL has evolved according to need, ambition and careful financial husbandry into the award-winning group of homes we have today. By the time we get to the 21st May 2121 our six homes, Maurice House, opened 1946, Halsey House ’48, Lister House ’50, Galanos House ’67, Mais House ’93 and Dunkirk Memorial House ’95 will have contributed over 300 years of residential care from their original conception dates. A triple century worth celebrating!
 
Stay safe and best regards for 2021,
 
Editor

In an exciting development, RBL St James’s Branch has agreed on a formal affiliation with all of the Royal British Legion’s six care homes.

The homes, including five with specialist dementia care, are designed to be a home from home for our residents and visitors. They have created warm and welcoming atmospheres, with spacious rooms, beautiful outdoor spaces and relaxing lounge areas. As care homes designed for veterans and their families, there is also a unique camaraderie and their residents often establish strong friendships and bond over their shared experiences.

The Affiliation.

As part of the affiliation, RBL St James’s Branch will be designating substantial funds annually, to support all the amenities teams in achieving satisfactory funding levels. The Operations Directorate along with the Head of Care Services will field all funding requests to St James’s and prioritise them by the perceived benefit to our residents. This will ensure that we will be able to target funding more efficiently.

Just as importantly this page has been created to enable all of our care homes to promote their award-winning initiatives, the unique events and activities they provide for their residents and demonstrate why all our homes have a unique place in the care and support of our veterans along with their families.

Whilst this affiliation does not supersede any relationships that any care homes have with RBL Branches local to them, it does offer membership to our residents/families should they want to join the Royal British Legion where there is no local option available.

We hope that we have many opportunities to tell our members about the countless stories that reinforce the notion that the Royal British Legion Care Homes are amongst the very best in the sector.

Regards,

Editor