March 6, 2018

Nigel returns to work after 10 years

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Nigel Acaster from Latchford, in Warrington hadn’t worked for over ten years, but now thanks to New Leaf he has an exciting new job as well as a bright new future to look forward to.

A National Lottery and European funded programme, New Leaf works with multiple partners across Warrington and Cheshire to support local residents into employment, volunteering or further education and skills training.

Working on a 1-2-1 basis with his mentor Jane Pendlebury, from Warrington Disability Partnership, Nigel completed an IT course, volunteered with MIND and got his finances in order with support from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Nigel said: “When I came to New Leaf I was not in a good place. I wasn’t getting out or meeting people and my confidence was very low. Jane’s help and support has been life changing, she listened and encouraged me every step of the way.”

“I have surprised myself, I didn’t think I could do any of it let alone get a full-time job with Amazon. I am so much happier in myself now and for the first time in a long time I can stop worrying about money and look forward to the future.”

Jane concludes: “I am so pleased for Nigel. He really has given it his all and as a result his confidence has grown and he has secured a good job.”

New Leaf is a £10.6 million 3-year scheme, led by Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT), and part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.

To find out more about New Leaf and how they can help you, call 01925 452131 or email

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New Leaf Lottery Funded