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.

Bringing Hope into Prison

New Leaf were pleased to support 'Bringing Hope into Prison', an event organised by Prison Fellowship Milton Keynes, which focused on how volunteers can help support prisoners. Around eighty people enjoyed thought provoking and uplifting presentations by a number of keynote speakers. There were also various stalls promoting volunteering and we were delighted that a number of people requested more information about volunteering with New Leaf 

A particular highlight was Rev'd Alan Hodgetts from HMP Woodhill interviewing the insoirational Tom, who has really turned his life around following a number of prison sentences  

The event also saw the 'debut' of an updated New Leaf promotional leaflet for interested volunteers and the pictured display board, both kindly provided for us by long standing volunteer Tim. We fully intend to make good use of both  

£150 raised with hamper raffle

The annual New Leaf Xmas raffle has raised a fantastic £150 for the project, so thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets. Our two lucky winners each received a beautiful hamper full of seasonal items created by Lead Volunteer Lesley, who kindly donated many of the contents too. The hamper raffle has become something of a New Leaf seasonal tradition but it wouldn't happen without Lesley's time, creativity and generosity for which we are very grateful

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017

The result of the The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017 is in. We have raised an incredible £8173.75 for the 'Out of the Box' social enterprise and are so grateful to everyone who supported us. A simple 'thank you' doesn't begin to do justice to the fantastic work that is now possible offering training and employment to vulnerable people, but it is your support that keeps us going together with your belief in all we do. We will keep everyone updated on progress during the next few months, but you can find out more at

Thank you again from all the team


'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.

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.

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  

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 We apologise for any inconvenience caused   

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