PRLog - Jan. 11, 2013 - MAIDSTONE, U.K. -- The BSAP was the police force of Rhodesia. After the civil war in Rhodesia (resulting in the renaming of the country to Zimbabwe in 1980) the force ceased to exist and became the Zimbabwe Republic Police. Many of the members and their families were repatriated back to the United Kingdom. This type of repatriation is common and can be a particularly challenging and traumatic time for those who find change difficult or have little welfare or financial support.
Roger Leeder & Steve Sherry, RBLI. Peter Biddulph & Alistair Black - BSAP
RBLI operates a repatriation service based within the Royal British Legion Village, at Aylesford in Kent. Working closely with both military and civilian charities around the world, RBLI, is able to assist Armed Forces and other eligible Veterans, such as the BSAP and their dependants, return to the United Kingdom to take up permanent residence again.
‘It’s fantastic to start the year by receiving such generous support,’ said former Brigadier Steve Sherry CMG OBE, RBLI’s Chief Executive, who received the £1,000 donation on Monday 7th January. ‘We at RBLI are really proud to be able to offer services in accommodation and welfare to people from around the world who have at some stage served the crown. This donation will enable our services to benefit an even wider number of individuals requiring guidance, advice and comfort during what is often a very challenging process of transition.’
Individuals who require repatriation services normally stay at RBLI’s fully furnished Prince Philip Lodge for up to eight months. During this time, RBLI’s welfare team support them whilst they undergo the habitual residency test, help them to maximise their income and embed themselves in the UK systems and services. Once the individuals are assimilated back into the UK lifestyle, the welfare team will support them in finding suitable permanent accommodation including adaptations that may be required for comfortable living.
Over the last ten years, RBLI’s repatriation service has helped approximately 110 Veterans and their dependants returning from the Commonwealth. Of these, 58 have returned from Zimbabwe and 28 from South Africa. They have also recently lent their expertise to the Department of Communities and Local Government’s repatriation scheme for elderly people from Zimbabwe and to the Ministry of Defence with their Gurkha Resettlement Project.
For more information about RBLI accommodation, range of specialist welfare services including expert advice and guidance on subjects such as benefits, war pensions, well-being and employment for Veterans and their families please call 01622 795900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rbli.co.uk/