New Leaf is a project offering help to short term prisoners returning to Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes.
Through The Gate Mentoring provided by trained volunteer mentors who will meet with the offender before release, on the day of release and weekly after release with the aim of:
• Offering mentoring and signposting to services which will promote effective resettlement and reduce re-offending
• Enabling offenders to make informed life choices
• Working alongside local statutory and voluntary agencies to offer appropriate support around issues including substance misuse, accommodation, money and debt, education, training and employment
• Establishing strong links between the scheme and local faith and community groups
I am truly grateful for the help and support offered by New Leaf and would like to thank everyone who helped to try and sort my life out.
New Leaf Mentee
For more detailed information about New Leaf please visit their website at www.newleafproject.co.uk
In 2014, following an assessment by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, New Leaf was awarded their Approved Provider Standard quality mark. 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!
Welcome to Mark Squires who joins the Partnership this week as an Associate assigned to the New Leaf work. Mark’s role is funded through an award from the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference initiative – he will be with us for two months involved primarily in fundraising and promotion of New Leaf, as well as team mentoring and establishing weekly clinics. Welcome to the team!
In September 2012 New Leaf was awarded £10,000 from the Aylesbury Vale Community Chest to support offenders in Aylesbury Vale.
In spring 2013 we were pleased to receive the news that New Leaf has also been awarded funding from the Police Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley. The new funding of £40,ooo will support their ongoing work.
Lloyds TSB Foundation Press Release of 4th November 2013
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has awarded Thames Valley Partnership a grant of £40,000, over two years. The new funding will contribute towards the salaries of a prison collection team coordinator and a prison needs assessor for their New Leaf volunteer mentoring programme.
Thames Valley Partnership provides long-term sustainable solutions to problems of crime and social exclusion by protecting victims affected by crime and reintegrating offenders through the use of volunteering. The new funding will go towards their New Leaf programme providing volunteer based mentoring to offenders on their release from prison and return to their communities. New Leaf works across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes and is also looking to expand into Berkshire
Caroline Stevens, New Leaf project manager at Thames Valley Partnership, said, “Demand for our charity’s services has doubled in the past year and we are also extending our project to include young offenders. With this new funding we will be able to provide more offenders with support that will increase their self-esteem and decrease social exclusion and reoffending rates through volunteering.”
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales is one of the UK’s leading independent grant makers providing funding to small and medium charities. Last year, the Foundation awarded £18.4 million to 826 charities across England and Wales with most grants funding core costs such as salaries and rent. Sara Cooney, grant manager for South Central and London at the Foundation, said, “We are one of a few grant makers which provides support towards much needed core costs. Over 75% of our funding goes towards this type of funding, ensuring that charities can continue to serve those most in need.”
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales supports charities that help disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in the community. Local or regional charities with an income up to £1 million and national charities with an income up to £5 million can find out more about the funding criteria and grant programmes at www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk.