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.

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Vacancy - Project Crisis and Support Coordinators

30 hours a week (0.8 FTE)
pro rata salary based on £25,460 FTE

We are recruiting a team of staff to run our Victims First – Willow Project which supports adult victims of all forms of Exploitation (such as modern slavery and trafficking) and/or with other Complex Needs and will provide specialist support for victims and their families providing them with crisis intervention, advocacy and longer term practical and emotional support. We have three roles available, to cover the Thames Valley counties of Berkshire (to be based in Reading), Buckinghamshire (to be based in Aylesbury) and Oxfordshire (based in Oxford).

Role: To provide prevention, intervention and crisis support to anyone who is/has experienced, or is deemed to be at risk of, any form of exploitation (e.g. modern slavery, criminal, financial) and those with complex needs. The post holder will identify and engage with these individuals on a one-to-one basis, enabling them to access services and make positive, empowering choices to change their lives. They will also be required to undertake risk assessments, case management & safety planning in partnership with other key agencies & as directed by the Programme Manager. Training delivery and awareness raising is also an element of this role, along with the line management and supervision of Project Crisis & Support Workers.

Closing date for applications: 20th July  2018 at 5pm

Interviews will be held on: 25 or 26th July  2018 at Chilton, Bucks HP18 9NA

A full Job Description and Application Form can be downloaded from the Partnership website at:  Please note that applications will only be put forward for consideration if they are submitted on the supplier form


Vacancy - First Responder (This is an Administrator/Coordinator based role)

Thames Valley Partnership are recruiting a First Responder for the Victims First Emotional Support Service (VFESS) project. This is initially a 12 month contract to cover Maternity Leave but with a possible extension. Hours: 0.6 FTE i.e. 22.5 hours a week spread over 5 days. Salary: circa £22k pro-rata (FTE) depending upon qualifications and experience.

Based at the Partnership’s office in Chilton Buckinghamshire, this is primarily an administrative/organisational role which has a key co-ordination, first response function for the VFESS programme and is a lynchpin of the team ensuring the efficient working and throughput of cases to ensure Victims receive an effective and timely service.

Closing date for applications: Friday 6th July 2018 at 5pm

Interviews will be held on: Friday 13th July 2018 at Chilton, Bucks HP18 9NA.

A full First Responder Job & Person Specification and an Application Form are attached. If you require more information please contact

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.