Providing support to offenders

New Leaf provides help and support to offenders who plan to resettle in Oxfordshire, Berkshire or Buckinghamshire including Milton Keynes. Through mentoring, we aim to help people re-settle effectively, and address successfully any issues and challenges they have. Our aim is to reduce re-offending and to help people to fulfil their potential.

'Meeting the Need' at the House of Lords

We were delighted to showcase the work of New Leaf and developing social enterprise 'Out Of The Box', during our 'Meeting the Need' conference held at the House of Lords on Tuesday 17th October  

Hosted by His Honour Christopher Tyrer DL, Chair of New Leaf Strategy Group, the morning featured contributions from Terry Waite CBE, Lucy Clayton, Chief Executive Officer, Community Clothing, Lord Blair of Boughton and Caroline Stevens, New Leaf and Out Of The Box Project Manager

Delegates also heard from and had the opportunity to put questions to past participants, volunteers and staff as well as debate some of the key issues facing people leaving prison

Given the positive feedback received, it seems the event content and iconic venue were enjoyed by all. Thanks to all who gave up their time to attend and participate.

Turn your tenner into twenty!

We just wanted to let you know that New Leaf is taking part in Localgiving's 'Grow Your Tenner' match fund campaign for charities. This means that, from 10am on the 17th October any donation you make through our Localgiving page will be matched by up to £10! The campaign will run until the match fund money runs out or November 16th, whichever occurs soonest 

The campaign will match one time donations pound for pound up to £10. Donate £10 during Grow Your Tenner and we'll receive £21.67, including matched funding and Gift Aid. Your pledge will help us to continue to provide mentoring support to ex offenders looking to successfully resettle in the local community and will truly be appreciated

Please donate to us here: http://localgiving.org/newleafproject

New funding from 'Building a Stronger Britain Together'

We are pleased to announce that New Leaf have been selected to receive a grant of just over £30,000 from the Home Office's 'Building a Stronger Britain Together' initiative to continue our mentoring work in prisons and develop a new stream of work with children in schools and excluded from schools.

Vacancy - Finance & Office Manager

Thames Valley Partnership seeks a new full time manager to support the work of the Board of Trustees, the Director, core team and programme managers.  This is a 37.5 hour post based at the Partnership offices in, Chilton, Buckinghamshire HP18 9NA.

Te salary for this post is in line with NJC Payscale PO4 (pt 41 £36,379 to pt 44 £39,177 dependent on experience).

Overview of the Role

You will be responsible for the management and operation of our finances, providing efficient, accurate and timely reporting on financial performance of the programmes and delivering administrative support services to ensure the smooth running of the office.

Closing date for applications: Friday 27th October, 5pm

Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 1st November (at TVP Office in Chilton, Bucks HP18 9NA)

Application Process:  Please send completed Application Form, a CV and  covering email/letter to bron@thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk or by post for the attention of Patsy Townsend, Director, Thames Valley Partnership, Townhill Barn, Dorton Rd, Chilton, Bucks HP18 9NA.

For more information about the Partnership and our programmes, please visit www.thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk

Successful renewal of APS accreditation

Following a recent assessment our Mentoring and Befriending Approved Provider Standard (APS) quality mark has succesfully been renewed for a further 3 years. APS is a national quality standard designed specifically for all types of mentoring and befriending projects. We are delighted to receive a certificate and be listed in the NCVO Mentoring and Befriending online directory. Thank you to all the mentees, volunteers and staff who contributed to the assessment and helped achieve this important endorsement of our work  

£10000 needed for workshop premises refit

We are fundraising for the refit of our newly acquired 'Out of the Box' workshop premises in Oxford. 'Out of the Box' is a social enterprise that up cycles clothing too worn or inappropriate to be given to the people we support, into individual bespoke fashion accessories and home furnishings. Items are produced and sold by vulnerable women who are not yet work ready, increasing their skills, self esteem and employability. The new workshop will enable us to expand the enterprise and offer more personal development opportunities

We are asking people to pledge a minimum £100 towards our initial end of August £2500 target. If successful we will then be able to take part in a public crowd funding campaign in November, with the ultimate aim of raising the £10000 needed to complete the refit  

You can find more information about the project at https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/23629. If you are able to pledge please use this form http://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/pledge/thamesvalleypartnership

Thank you for your support.

New appointments to the team

We have recently welcomed new staff to the team. Tracy will be working for New Leaf as prison support worker for NPS cases and also as the local coordinator for Oxfordshire. Sharon has been appointed as the local coordinator for Berkshire two days a week. Our local coordinators are responsible for supporting New Leaf volunteers and promoting the project in their area of responsibility area. Welcome to both. We still have a vacancy in Buckinghamshire which we hope to fill in the near future.

Funding success for project

We are delighted to announce that New Leaf have been successful in securing £75,000 funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation to allow us to offer longer community support to mentees. The funding will be split across three years.

More good news comes with the award of £15,000 match funding from the Big Lottery in the first year and a successful bid to another lottery backed scheme, Awards for All, to undertake a scoping study into developing a potential housing and enterprise scheme for prisoners on release.

Phone contact with New Leaf

New Leaf staff and volunteer mobile numbers have recently changed. If you are trying to contact someone from the project and do not have their new number, please call 01844 202001 during office hours or email info@newleafproject.co.uk. We apologise for any inconvenience caused   

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