March 22, 2021
Volunteering at Horse Sense Wirral has helped Paul with his alcohol addiction and has given him hope for the future.
Paul from the Cheshire was at a crossroads in his life and didn’t know which way to turn, until he was referred to the New Leaf programme.
New Leaf helped Paul to develop an action plan and undertake a skills audit with the help of 1-2-1 support from a mentor. Paul is now due to start an electrician’s training course as soon lockdown ends, which will help increase his employment potential in the future.
In the meantime, Paul has been keeping busy volunteering at a pony sanctuary called Horse Sense on the Wirral and he absolutely loves it.
It’s given Paul something to do, which helps take his mind off drinking, a much-needed routine, company, and purpose to get out of the house.
“It’s been really hard to completely stop drinking during Covid. Working with the horses has given me something else to focus on. I enjoy the conversations that I have with other volunteers at the horse sanctuary. It’s improving my overall mental health and fitness being there.”
Paul believes that it’s the tailored support that New Leaf has given him has made the real difference. Not only has it enabled him to access funding for a course but also secure volunteering that is helping with his overall wellbeing. For the future Paul will continue volunteering until his course to set up, get completely sober and eventually qualify as an electrician.
A representative from Horse Sense said:
“Paul is very quick and keen to learn and seems to really enjoy his time here, hence coming more and more. He is happy to get stuck in with all daily feeding and mucking out tasks and enjoys the companionship of the ponies too, he is a real asset to the team and gets along with everyone.”
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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.