November 29, 2019
How do you start a new career later in life? For Paul, it was the experience he gained through his volunteering role which helped him to get back into work.
After Paul’s health robbed him of his job as a manager of a day ticket fishery, he was left with mounting money problems and a lack of direction.
When Paul came to New Leaf he was already spending his time volunteering at the front desk of a local gym, but was struggling to manage his money. He was put in touch with the New Leaf team at Disability Information Bureau where he met Averil, his mentor.
Working together, they looked at how Paul could turn his volunteering into a paid position. New Leaf was able to support Paul to gain a First Aid level 3 qualification and also fund his DBS check to put him in the best position to get into work.
“My mentor, Averil, told me ‘if you want something, you have to go and get it’ so that’s what I did. I spoke to Paul Broad from Paul Broad Fitness and told him I was looking for work and asked if he had any opportunities available.”
Thanks to having his DBS and First Aid training, Paul was offered the chance to complete some work experience at Paul Broad Fitness while he was waiting for an operation, helping him to improve his skills and stay positive.
“At Paul Broad Fitness, I am learning how to repair gym equipment by stripping them down and replacing the broken part, rebuilding them and testing them to make sure they are safe.”
We are really pleased to say that, in the new year, following recovery from his operation, Paul will start a paid role with Paul Broad Fitness.
“The support I have received from New Leaf has been absolutely fantastic and have helped me financially and mentally. They have gone above and beyond to help me when I have had no support from other places. The 1-2-1 mentoring from Averil Goodier has drastically helped me get back into work.”
Averil, Paul’s mentor, said:
“Paul’s commitment and willingness to attend training is making the difference and has enhanced his job prospects.”
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.