Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre

The Defence Recovery Capability is a Ministry of Defence led initiative making sure wounded, injured and sick Armed Forces personnel receive the help they need.

Personnel Recovery Centres (PRCs) are at the heart of this, offering guidance and support as well as space for people to recover in their own time.

Delivered in partnership with The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes, as well as support from other Service charities and organisations, each centre has a dedicated team who help to:

  • Improve confidence and self-esteem
  • Provide medical care
  • Encourage physical fitness
  • Deliver tailored recovery programmes
  • Offer training and new skills
  • Support with personal development
  • Facilitate projects, activities and outings

The centres are also sited within or close to garrisons. As well as providing access to Army facilities, they offer the chance to recover in a military environment which can be vital to improving recovery time.

Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre

"It made me realise I wasn't alone."

I was really struggling but my stay gave me the respite and counselling I needed. I don’t know what I would have done without it.

The Defence Recovery Capability programme helps people return to service or make a successful transition to civilian life and a new career.

RBL contributes vital funding to Personnel Recovery Centres across the UK including Catterick, Colchester, Edinburgh and Tidworth as well as Brydon House in Germany; helping more serving and ex-serving personnel on their road to recovery. 

We’re proud to be part of this initiative and have pledged our biggest ever single donation – £50 million over ten years – to support the programme and help us deliver our mission to provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces community. Serving Armed Forces members are referred to recovery centres as part of their individual recovery plan.

If you’re looking to be referred to a centre we’d recommend speaking to your Unit Welfare Officer if you are serving with a unit, or your Personnel Recovery Officer if you have been assigned to a Personnel Recovery Unit.

Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre

"RBL helped save our family."

The time my husband spent at the recovery centre transformed him – it just gave him his spark back. You could see the difference after just a couple of days.

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