A new Pop in Centre for the Royal British Legion opened in Southwark this Tuesday, the first in London’s history.
The centre, on Borough High Street, will offer a chance for the general public or members of the Armed Forces to stop off and access the charity’s community services.
“It was a great honour to be asked to open the new London Pop In Centre for the Royal British Legion,” said Simon Hughes MP.
“This superb new facility will benefit not just the Armed Forces community, but people all across Southwark and London.
“This is a really good example of a long-standing charity moving to take its place on the high street and opening its doors to those in need.”
The Royal British Legion has been operating for 93 years – but this is the first time it will offer this kind of frontline support service on the high street.
The Legion is planning to open 16 Pop In advice and information centres in total across the country, following survey responses saying that services were too difficult to access.
“Our beneficiaries sit at the heart of everything we do as a charity, and when they speak we listen,“ said Chris Simpkins, The Legion’s Director General.
“We used our research to set a course to modernise the Legion, to meet changing needs and become easier to find – both online and in person – positioning our services closer to where our beneficiaries live. We will be more accessible, quicker to respond and extend our reach in the communities who need us most.
“The Legion should be the first port of call in any circumstances throughout life for Service personnel, veterans and their families.”