Who we are
The Poppy Factory is the country’s leading employment charity for veterans with physical and mental health conditions.
Helping veterans into work
Our Getting You Back To Work service helps hundreds of unemployed veterans every year find the right jobs, enabling them to thrive in the civilian workplace. When veterans start in their new roles, we offer in-work support to help them and their employers make any necessary changes. We find this method of working means that over 70 per cent of our veterans are still employed in their roles 12 months down the line.
Since 1922, our factory has been employing wounded, injured and sick veterans to produce the poppies, wreaths and Remembrance symbols for The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal and the Royal Family. We are incredibly proud of The Poppy Factory’s legacy. We warmly welcome visitors to find out more about our work by joining one of our guided tours, running Monday to Friday all year round.
The contribution of all wounded, injured and sick veterans in the UK will be recognised and rewarded by meaningful and sustained employment. We owe it to them.
The Poppy Factory will deliver an exemplar and specialist national employability service [add link]. Led from the iconic Poppy Factory in Richmond, the service will enrich our society by enabling wounded, injured and sick veterans to move into meaningful and sustained employment.
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Our veterans’ stories
No two people’s experiences or skills are the same, especially for veterans with health conditions. That’s why we tailor our support.
Meet the team
The energy and dedication of our people is what makes our vital work supporting veterans with health conditions so successful.
Major George Howson MC founded The Poppy Factory. His vision was to provide work for veterans injured during WWI.