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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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