November 29, 2018
Being a carer for someone is a selfless act. However, it can mean your own life is put on hold. Graham had given 13 years of his life to supporting his wife, but when she unfortunately passed away, he found it difficult to find paid work. After seeking help at Warrington Job Centre, Graham was referred to New Leaf for support getting his life back together.
New Leaf, part of the Building Better Opportunities programme and funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, is different to other employment support services. Every individual is unique and New Leaf celebrates that, looking at what you find challenging and working to help you overcome everything holding you back from work.
With support from Annie at Warrington Voluntary Action and Jane from Warrington Disability Partnership, Graham has managed to secure himself the perfect job.
Working with Graham, Annie at WVA found that he had a skill and a passion for the practical and hands-on activities. With this in mind, Graham was paired with the Phoenix Project, based in Sankey Bridges and ran by Warrington Disability Partnership. As a volunteer, he was putting his practical skills to the test by fixing and upcycling old mobility equipment which would later be sent overseas to support disabled people who are less fortunate than ourselves.
After exceeding his volunteering hours within the first few weeks it was apparent that Graham was thoroughly enjoying his time with Phoenix Project and even completed a WVA volunteering course. This enjoyment and commitment certainly wasn’t going unnoticed and as a result of this, Graham was offered a part time job within the Phoenix Project.
Graham said, “I have really enjoyed my volunteering and being a part of New Leaf. Getting involved in volunteering has really helped me and has changed a lot of things for me. I would really hope to keep this job for as long as possible, even passed my retirement age because I enjoy it so much! A really big thank you to Annie at WVA and Jane at WDP.”
Annie, who helped secure Graham’s volunteering role, said, “Graham has been a pleasure to work with. His humour and charm have made discussing volunteering so much fun! I am so glad Graham’s volunteering has led to paid work.”
If, like Graham, you are looking to restart your own life after being a carer for someone, get in touch: