Why we were set up

Social disadvantage and exclusion is a major issue for many ex offenders. Often, after imprisonment, their already difficult situation deteriorates, and many find it hard to reintegrate successfully with their families, friends and the community in general. Finding somewhere to live, getting a job, and overcoming their personal problems can be major obstacles.

Prisoners have a high likelihood to re-offend. Approximately 68% of adult offenders re-offend within two years of release.  Evidence suggests that appropriate support, focusing on achieving goals in 7 key areas, can reduce this re-offend rate significantly.

New Leaf aims to support people through the challenging first few weeks after their release, and to help them address any issues and obstacles they might have which stand in the way of effective re-settlement. Overall we aim to reduce re-offending through effective re-settlement.