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.

Keep up to date with New Leaf

Welcome to the New Leaf website, we hope you find the contents of interest. If you'd like to keep up to date with the the latest project news, views and events, why not follow us on social media too? You can 'like' us on Facebook, 'follow' us on Twitter @NewLeafProject1, or on linkedin at Thames Valley Partnership - New Leaf Project. Why not also subscribe to our new monthly email newsletter by clicking the 'Newsletter' heading on this  page?

Dignity on Release sponsored walk underway

Thank you to everyone who is supporting our 'Dignity on Release' campaign in aid of Thames Valley Partnership’s New Leaf and Family Matters programmes, which between them, provide support to offenders and their families from sentence to rehabilitation.  Our sponsored walker, retired magistrate Tim Jenns set off July 1st from Amersham Crown Court – with the High Sheriff and Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire (Julia Upton and Henry Aubrey Fletcher) plus New Leaf members and supporters in attendance to see him off. Through the walk, Tim aims to highlight key issues that undermine prisoners’ ability to successfully return to the community as well as raising funding to ensure the sustainability of New Leaf for the foreseeable future.

Please Support our New Leaf and Family Matters  ‘Dignity on Release Campaign’

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Dignityonrelease

Dignity On Release - Please support our campaign!

On Monday 1st July, Tim Jenns, a former Magistrate and member of the New Leaf Strategy Group will commence a six day sponsored walk in aid of the Partnership’s New Leaf and Family Matters programmes, which between them; provide support to offenders and their families from sentence to rehabilitation. An official launch will be held at the Partnership offices on 25th June. The walk itself will depart Amersham Crown Court on the 1st July and end in Canterbury on the 6th July – with the aim of both raising funding to ensure the sustainability of the New Leaf project for the near future and highlighting key issues that undermine prisoners’ ability to return successfully to their communities.

You can support our campaign by:

Clicking here to sponsor via the online campaign page

(http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Dignityonrelease) OR
Scanning the adjacent QR code with your phone camera function and following the instructions.  You can also sponsor via bank transfer directly into the Thames Valley Partnership bank account – email bron@thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk for account details and please reference your donation ‘NL Walk’.  You can also send a cheque to Finance Dept, Thames Valley Partnership, The Coach House, Aston Sandford, Bucks HP17 8JB (cheques made out to ‘Thames Valley Partnership’ but mark it ‘NL Walk’ on the back for reference please.)

Please help publicise the walk to your own friends, contacts, networks, twitter accounts etc. – increasing awareness will help use raise more funds!

We will provide regular social media updates on Tim's progress dureing the walk at facebook.com/newleafprojectmentoring and twitter @NewLeafProject1

More about New Leaf

We provide a 'through the gate' mentoring service to people going back to live in Thames Valley after prison release. Clients are ingtroduced, in custody, to a trained, volunteer mentor who collects them on day of release, providing practical support (e.g. a community pack of toiletries and other essentials, suitable clothing, transport, appointment attendance, temporary accommodation help and refreshments). An average ‘collection day’ costs New Leaf £350. Volunteers continue to meet with their mentees weekly often for up to three months, to support them in achieving their community resettlement objectives. This costs a further £400. In comparison, mentees will leave prison with a discharge grant of only £46. This was fixed in the 1990s and has not risen in line with inflation. If it had, it would still only be worth £83. State benefits take time to organise and come through. These issues will be further highlighted in a letter to the Ministry Of Justice, Petty France that we will be delivering during Tim’s walk.

Thanks for your support

 

Thank you to our latest funders

We are delighted to have received new funding grants to support the recruitment and ongoing support and supervision of New Leaf volunteer mentors. This is essential to help meet the increasing demand for mentoring in the Thames Valley. So, a huge thank you to Heart of Bucks, Kop Hill Climb Fund (£4250) and Rothschilds Foundation (£7500) 

Berkshire Community Foundation support New Leaf

We are delighted to have been awarded more than £6000 by Berkshire Community Foundation and thank them for supporting New Leaf. The grant will help us to increase the number of trained volunteer mentors we have in the county and provide them with dedicated supervision and support. We are always looking for new volunteer mentors so if you would like to find out more please email info@newleafproject.co.uk or have a look at the 'Volunteering' section of our website

Our new office address

Our new address is: The Coach House, Manor Farm, Aston Sandford, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8JB.  Contact us on  01844 202 001 or email info@newleafproject.co.uk

 

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  

'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.