Royal British Legion Industries

Paul's journey to LifeWorks

LifeWorks graduate Paul Harding returned to civilian life in 1990 following a bomb explosion in Northern Ireland after 14-years of service in the Royal Corps of Signals.

Paul, who was eventually diagnosed with PTSD in 2012, said he found adjusting to civilian life was extremely difficult.

He added: “I just couldn’t find my feet in normal life – I thought that the people around me were crazy but little did I know that it was me who was struggling. I eventually tried to take my own life.

“I had to be looked after at night because my head was in such a bad place.”

However, Paul’s fortunes changed after being referred to RBLI’s LifeWorks team in 2013. He said they had helped him break through a difficult barrier, showing him that the skills he had acquired during his service were transferable to the civilian workforce. He is currently employed as a Maintenance Engineer and is also an instructor with the Cadet Force.


He added: “LifeWorks gave me a huge CV and, honestly, when I first looked at it I thought it was someone else’s. I have to thank LifeWorks - if it wasn’t for them, I have no idea where I’d be right now.”

If you have served and would like some help or advice about what to do next, please visit where you can find information about the LifeWorks courses.

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Courses are fully funded and held across the UK. They are also available to both those who have served, and spouses of those who are currently serving. 

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