February 15, 2019

“Without them, none of this would have been possible”

For lots of veterans, leaving the military means completely restarting your life. New job, new friendship circle, new routine. It can all be overwhelming, and so it’s not surprising that working-age veterans are twice as likely as their civilian counterparts to be unemployed.

In 2017, an injury forced Patrick Mwambila to leave the army. After struggling to gain employment, he was introduced to the New Leaf team at Cheshire West and Chester Council and later Transformation for Veterans, who worked together to support Patrick gain control of his life.

“After serving in the army for several years I sustained an injury that sadly ended my career. Once back home I really struggled to find a new direction, leaving me emotionally down, financially unstable and with no passion for life.

It was while attending a job workshop that I heard about New Leaf. Since then I’ve been on courses specifically for ex-veterans, which have really helped me to get my confidence back. Every week my New Leaf mentor gives me targets to achieve, which is what I’m used to from my days in the army, and step by step, I feel like I’m getting back to my old self.

I wanted to do a job I was passionate about and personal training seemed like the right thing for me as I’m always in the gym. Steve from UpTurn gave me advice on how to set up my own business and how to run it successfully and in April 2018 I launched Paddys Fitness.

From getting my business up and running, as well as help improving my confidence, New Leaf has changed my life. I used to not want to speak to people because I had nothing to tell them, now I could talk to them until dawn! Without them, none of this would have been possible. I’d definitely recommend New Leaf to anybody, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain.”

New Leaf is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Patrick’s now following his dreams, running his own personal training business. Get in touch with New Leaf if you, or someone you know, could use a helping hand getting into employment:
T: 01925 452131

New Leaf Lottery Funded