Alderson House in Bridlington could close as part of Royal British Legion restructuring plans

A Royal British Legion holiday home in Bridlington could close as part of restructuring plans.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 1:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st November 2019, 1:05 pm
Alderson House in Bridlington could close.

The charity announced it is undertaking a wider strategic review to look at how they operate and assess if charitable funds are being spent effectively.

The proposed changes could result in the closure of Alderson House, on the town's seafront, alongside three other break centres.

A spokesperson from the charity said: "We are proposing to invest more in personalised case work, strengthen our collaborative work by funding external specialist and localised organisations, and reinvigorate our care model for older veterans.

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"However, to enable us to refocus our funding to where it has the greatest impact, we are proposing to stop some of our current work. The Legion is now consulting with staff members about proposals on closing our four Break Centres, which include Alderson House in Bridlington, and discontinuing our home maintenance ‘Handy Van’ service.

"We do not make these proposals lightly and we are well aware of the impact the proposals could have on our staff who have made hugely valuable contributions to the charity’s work. Over the coming months we will be ensuring our staff’s voices are heard and that they play a vital part in the decisions that we face."

According to the Legion, changes are necessary to make sure the charity adapts to the needs of today's Armed Forces community.

Regulatory changes including the introduction of the Fundraising Regulator and General Data Protection Regulation have increased pressure on the charity’s resources. Moreover, since 2016, the Legion says it has seen a 20% rise in the number of people requiring basic support.

Consultation around the Legion’s current proposals is expected to last until early 2020, when the decisions will be announced.