AFTER four years of working from homes, garages, community centres and back gardens, the Royal British Legion is making a welcome return to premises in Bridgwater with a Touchpoint Centre for all services provided by the charity.
The new premises are at County Court Chambers, Queen Street, at the top end of Court Street near Santander.
Bridgwater was one of the first branches to be created after the charity was established in 1921 with initial offices at 40 St Mary’s Street before moving to Legion House in Castle Street in the mid-1950s.
A spokesperson said: “The organisation has been in Bridgwater for nearly 100 years this year. The local branch is looking for any personal memories or mementos to commemorate this amazing long-term relationship, so if you can help, please get in touch.
“Welfare provision, fund-raising, Remembrance and branch community support has continued to be provided for the last four years and the need continues to grow throughout the area, with the expansion of Hinkley Point and various logistic companies.
“Community support includes telephone buddying, lifts to appointments, and sometimes prescription collecting and shopping. Clearly, some of this is being restricted because of Covid-19 – but the need is still there.
“The branch will continue to provide and expand these services including providing camaraderie, so important to ex-service people and offer simple refreshments such as tea and coffee when COVID restriction allow.
“If you feel you could volunteer some time to help staff the offices and support the work of the RBL, please get in touch. Full training and support will be given.
“Welfare support involves more serious issues such as debt management, financial support and assistance, housing and independent living, mental and physical wellbeing support and sometimes, simply a listening ear from experienced people who understand the issues facing ex-service and current serving personnel, and their families.
“You do not have to have served to be an RBL member to ask for help. All we ask is that you support the military community, who at this very moment are helping to drive the fight against Coronavirus.
“You can join us today by going to www.britishlegion.org.uk If you or someone you know could do with some support, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the National Helpline 0808 802 8080 which is available 8am-8pm, seven days a week.
“Alternatively the local helpline is 07928826301 or email the local branch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The branch looks forward to opening its doors when COVID allows and welcoming the local community in.”