New Leaf provides fully trained (volunteer) mentors to work on a one to one basis with clients over a defined period of time. Mentors help clients to plan and work towards their goals, and to overcome problems they might have along the way. They offer non judgemental support, encouragement and advice.
Mentors meet with clients before release, on the day of release, and weekly thereafter to review progress and help put plans into action. They also can point clients towards people who can help with specific problems such as homelessness, debt, drugs, alcohol and relationships. Mentors are available by telephone at agreed times, to offer support and advice between meetings.
The mentoring process is guided by proven pathways to support the rehabilitation of offenders. Clients are assessed against these pathways before, during and after the process to establish progress, and where needed a new mentoring agreement can be set up to offer further support. Both client and mentor sign an agreement at the start of the relationship which outlines what each will do to make the work as successful as possible.