March 30, 2020
Sometimes we decide to change careers, but often, a change of career gets forced upon us.
Graham, 51, was forced to leave his job in the prison service after suffering a stroke. Struggling with finding his next career move, Graham had lost all motivation and rarely left the house.
That is until he was referred to New Leaf by his social worker.
After helping him get control of his money, find a new flat and improving his confidence, Graham was ready to start a new role.
With a wealth of knowledge around looking after people in the prison service, Graham was passionate about working with people. When the chance came along for Graham to shadow a support worker in a care home for people struggling with mental health it was clear that Graham was perfect for the role.
Graham was offered a part-time job working in a care home close to where he lives.
“New Leaf has made me realise what I am capable of and what I can do. My energy levels have increased, I’m more positive and I have gained a greater understanding of other people and I have a job supporting others. I am looking forward to a new start at last.
New Leaf has given me the confidence and self-awareness to get out there and re-join society. I am more active now and able to spend more time with my son. The future looks positive.”
New Leaf is led by Torus Foundation and is part of the Building Better Opportunities Programme, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and The National Lottery Community Fund.