Thames Valley Partnership
“protecting victims, supporting offenders and their families”

The Thames Valley Partnership works in partnership with the statutory, private and voluntary sectors to provide long-term sustainable solutions to the problems of crime and social exclusion. We work to protect victims and reintegrate offenders. Our strength is in collaborative working and integrated approaches across sectors, particularly linking Criminal Justice services to voluntary sector and Local Authority providers.

Our broad spectrum of work includes programmes around the needs of families of offenders, work in the field of domestic abuse, support for victims, restorative justice, community cohesion, mental health issues, early interventions & initiatives around young people and arts related projects.

Find out more about the different aspects of Our Work.

News

Meeting the Need – 17th October Event

We were delighted to be able to hold an event on the 17th October at the House of Lords – to highlight the work of New Leaf mentoring project and also the OOTBox social enterprise. The event, which was attended by service users,  volunteers, strategic leads from within the criminal justice sector, as well as key ministers and dignitaries, highlighted the needs of individuals on their release from prison whilst they aim to resettle back into the community.

Terry Waite CBE was amongst the speakers and shared his own personal experiences of life in confinement and the difficulties faced on release. In addition, guests also learned more about OOTBox – a social enterprise initiative established by New Leaf Project Manager Caroline Stevens, which provides training and employment opportunities, to those with multiple or complex needs.

Find out more about New Leaf   and OOTBox

 

The Partnership team ….making a splash!

Partnership staff enjoyed a day of team building activity out of the office on the 14th September.  Braving gathering storm clouds at Milton Keynes the team spent the  morning cycling and sampling a variety of water sports at Willen Lake.  The afternoon was spent problem solving at the Escape Room – quite a challenge!  As the staff team is broadly situated across the Thames Valley and does not have the opportunity to  get together very often this was a great chance to share news and ideas.

RSQM and APS renewed!

The Partnership is delighted to announce the renewal of two of its key programme accreditations.

The RSQM award to Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) was recently renewed for a further 3 years. TVRJS were one of the first organisations in the UK to receive the Restorative Justice Council’s Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) back in 2014. Feedback from the recent assessment highlighted the service’s strengths in a number of areas including the strong and effective working relationships with partners and the work of the senior team members which has enhanced the quality of the RJ processes being delivered.

On another note, the New Leaf mentoring team also saw their Approved Provider Standard being renewed. The APS logo is a national quality standard mark which is recognised by funders and commissioners as evidence of safe and competent practice. For a project such as New Leaf, it is the equivalent of an Oscar!

Well done to both teams for all their hard work!

Our RJ Ambassadors

Our Restorative Justice  Ambassadors have been through RJ themselves and support us by telling their own stories to key audiences to spread the word about restorative justice. We are very grateful to them for their time and commitment to our work; their stories are so powerful and have much more impact than anything we can say on their behalf. They also take part in media interviews for us from time to time.

View one of our  Ambassador video clips

 

Funding Success for New Leaf!

We are delighted to announce that New Leaf have been successful in securing £75,000 funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation to allow them to offer longer community support to  New Leaf mentees – the funding will be split across three years.

We are even more delighted to announce that they have also received £15,000 match funding from the Big Lottery in the first year and have additionally been successful with a bid to another lottery backed scheme, Awards for All,  to undertake a scoping study looking into developing a potential housing and enterprise scheme for prisoners on release.

Award for TVRJS and HMP Bullingdon!

HMP Bullingdon was recently presented with an Award by the Chris Donovan Trust for being a Restorative Prison. The Chris Donovan Trust was set up by Ray and Vi, the parents of Chris Donovan who was killed by a gang of young men some years ago. Ray and Vi insisted on meeting the men who killed their son and have since visited prisons and schools talking about their experiences. Read more …

Celebrity Visit for OOTBox!

Clients and volunteers at Alana House in Reading received an unexpected boost recently – in the form of a visit by Patrick Grant who attended one of the craft sessions to learn more about the social enterprise and cast a critical eye over some of the ladies’ handiwork. Patrick, who is a judge on the BBC’s popular Sewing Bee series owns two clothing labels (Saville Row tailors Norton & Son, and ready to wear label E Tautz & Sons) and is also involved with Community Clothing, a manufacturers cooperative which supports the UK clothing industry.

Patrick enjoyed a relaxed visit, chatting to 2 ladies from Alana House and New Leaf volunteer Noreen before going on to visit Springhill and Grendon where he met one the Governors.

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