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 https://www.wearelifeworks.org.uk/ where you can find information about the LifeWorks courses.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0800 319 6844 or email lifeworks@rbli.co.uk

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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