Royal British Legion and Specsavers join forces

July 2013

Employees at Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), and the military personnel they assist, are to benefit from a ground-breaking collaboration with Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, that not only enhances RBLI’s previous employee benefit, but extends eyecare to RBLI’s Armed Forces community.

The charity, which provides treatment, training and employment support to ex-Armed Forces personnel, will be using vouchers to offer VDU eyecare to its qualifying members of staff and safety glasses for the staff in its sign manufacturing and wood fabrication factories. In addition, Specsavers Corporate Eyecare is providing Premium Club vouchers, free of charge, to all ex-military personnel associated with the charity’s work in Aylesford, Kent. More than 500 young, wounded veterans benefit from RBLI’s rehabilitation programmes each year.

This means that not only is the RBLI continuing to meet its obligations as an employer to provide eyecare for all screen users, but also that it is able to offer a valued token of appreciation to some of the men and women who have served in Her Majesty’s Forces.

RBLI has been in existence for almost 100 years and has expanded to offer a broad range of HR and employer support services from executive recruitment and coaching to employment training and healthcare, as well as social enterprise manufacturing activities. Geri Pediani, head of HR at RBLI, says: ‘It is vital that we continue to provide our employees with this essential eyecare provision, set out under workplace health and safety regulations. Being a charity, it is also critical that we gain value for money by receiving the best possible care and range of services but for minimal cost. The eyecare vouchers from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare allow us to achieve this with a very simple and transparent system.’

Suzanne Randall, corporate account manager for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, says: ‘We are delighted to be working with RBLI and to be able to offer our Premium Club vouchers to employees and military personnel alike. These vouchers entitle the recipient and two members of their family to discounts from glasses. We usually offer these as an additional extra, accompanying each eyecare voucher purchased by the employer. In the case of RBLI, we chose to extend this offer to all military personnel and their families, who are associated with the charity at its base in Aylesford.’

Under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations, employers must fund eyecare for all screen users. The VDU vouchers from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare are specifically designed to meet the precise details of this obligation in one simple and cost-effective transaction. The employer purchases VDU vouchers, as and when required, and simply hands them out to relevant employees. Individuals are entitled to three Premium Club vouchers each year, one for them and two for members of their family.

Suzanne Randall concludes: ‘Royal British Legion Industries not only offers services to assist individuals in finding training and employment but also offers services to employers. As part of our involvement with the charity, we would like to encourage employers to contact Royal British Legion Industries to discover their range of HR services. The profits they generate from these services help fund their vital rehabilitation work with young, wounded service personnel.’

For further information regarding the work of RBLI or, to make a donation, visit: www.rbli.co.uk.

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