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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Thames Valley Partnership Vacancy - First Responder

First Responder: Salary is pro-rata £21,500 FTE                               

Hours: Up to a Max of 4.5 days per week (33.75 hours)

Thames Valley Partnership is an established registered charity of 25 years operating a range of support services for those affected by crime, across the three Thames Valley counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and beyond. 

The Role: The First Responder post is a Thames Valley Partnership administrative role responsible for providing a comprehensive, confidential and professional support service and acting as the single point of contact for incoming referrals from external agencies and self referrals from victims, primarily for our restorative justice and modern slavery/exploitation projects. Our potential clients may have been badly impacted by crime. As the first person from our service that they will speak to, you will need to engage with empathy, both to provide relevant information and check out immediate issues. Relevant training will be provided for this aspect of the role. You will also act as the key liaison point between the Service Manager, team members, partner agencies and volunteers. The lynchpin of the team, you will be responsible for overseeing and monitoring the case management system, ensuring prompt and efficient transfer of information, keeping good lines of communication open and  ensuring the efficient working and throughput of cases. You will be handling sensitive and personal information on the clients we support, therefore ensuring confidentiality and security of information at all times is paramount. You will also support the Service Manager in providing an overview of the workload pressures of the service, producing routine management reports relating to some of the service’s performance indicators.

This is a rewarding and interesting role helping to support those who are vulnerable and/or suffering from the effects of crime - you will be working with a collaborative, supportive and friendly team in comfortable offices in Buckinghamshire. Please note that there is some flexibility around hours for the right candidate but ideally commencing on approx. 25-30 hours a week and potentially increasing up to a max. of 33.75 hours.

The role is based at the offices of Thames Valley Partnership, The Coach House, Aston Sandford, Bucks. HP17 8JB.

Closing date for applications: Monday 25th November 2019 8am

Interviews will be held on:     Thursday 28th November 2019

For more details, a full Job Description and an application form please visit the Partnership website at:

Thames Valley Partnership is an equal opportunities employer; the aim of our policy is to ensure no job applicant, employee or worker is discriminated against either directly or indirectly on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age or disability.  We do not disbar applicants with criminal convictions and are mindful of the requirements of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974


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 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


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.