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Personnel Recovery Centres

Personnel Recovery Centres (PRCs), form a major part of the Ministry of Defence-led Defence Recovery Capability. The initiative is delivered in partnership with The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes, with support from other Service charities and organisations. It’s designed to assist wounded, injured and sick Service personnel to recover and either return to duty or move successfully into civilian life.

The aim of the Ministry of Defence's Defence Recovery Capability is to ensure that wounded, injured and sick Service personnel have the support, facilities, time and space to help them to recover and either return to Service or make a successful transition to civilian life and a new career. The PRCs contribute to this goal by:

  • Improving confidence and self-esteem
  • Providing medical care
  • Encouraging physical fitness
  • Focusing on the individual with tailored recovery programmes
  • Reskilling and training
  • Developing life skills through practical projects, activities and outings.

Although the average length of a stay is around four months, everyone recovers at different rates and in different ways.

The PRCs are sited within or close to garrisons, giving access to Army facilities and support, including existing medical, educational and other garrison facilities. PRCs offer the chance to recover within a military environment - a factor that's widely considered to improve recovery rates of Service personnel. PRCs are open to members of all three Services.

What we do

The Royal British Legion has pledged our biggest-ever single donation, £50 million over ten years, to support the Defence Recovery Capability programme for wounded, injured and sick Armed Forces men and women.

Of this, £27 million was used to create and operate the Battle Back Centre Lilleshall,and £23 million to support the operating costs of the UK PRCs. Select a PRC below to find out more:

The Legion is taking the lead role in the delivery of PRCs in Edinburgh and Germany, with Help for Heroes taking the lead role in the delivery (including capital expenditure) of the PRCs in Catterick, Colchester and Tidworth and delivery of new facilities to enhance those already in existence in Plymouth, all as part of the wider Defence Recovery Capability.

Our appeal

The Royal British Legion has committed £50 million to create the Battle Back Centre and provide for the operation of Personnel Recovery Centres and the Battle Back Centre for the next 10 years.

The Legion is dedicated to meeting the specific needs of sick and injured personnel and helping them to make the transition into civilian life. Additionally, we are committed to look after people who have been seriously wounded in battle and who are sick or injured long-term. As that responsibility does not end when they leave the military, The Royal British Legion will continue to support them throughout their lives.

You can use the button below to make a donation to The Royal British Legion and help support our work on projects like the Personnel Recovery Centres and the Battle Back Centre.


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