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.

Associate opportunity - Housing scoping study

Thames Valley Partnership seeks someone to work on an Associate basis to complete a scoping study for a joint Big Lottery project the Partnership is working on with Chiltern Area Quakers. In short, the study would look at the potential to develop a new supported housing project which would also encompass holistic support.

This will be a very interesting opportunity for the right person. The study needs to be completed by March 2018 and a maximum of 42.5 days has been allocated for the project at a rate of £200 a day, with the possibility of further development work depending on the findings of the report. Full details in the attached document including how to apply. Please note the closing date of 25th September.
 

Vacancy - Finance Officer & New Leaf Administrator

Thames Valley Partnership is seeking a new full time team member to support the Assistant Director of Finance and also provide administrative support for New Leaf.  Full details can be found in the attached Job Description. The new role will be based at the Partnership offices in Chilton, Buckinghamshire and the salary will be between £20,661 and £22,658 dependent upon experience.

Deadline for applications: 24th September
Interview Date: 3rd October

Application Process: Please send CV and covering letter, explaining why you feel you meet the stated criteria for this role, by email to bron@thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk or by post for the attention of Bron Jones, Thames Valley Partnership, Townhill Barn, Dorton Rd, Chilton HP18 9NA.

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  

£10000 needed for workshop premises refit

We are fundraising for the refit of our newly acquired 'Out of the Box' workshop premises in Oxford. 'Out of the Box' is a social enterprise that up cycles clothing too worn or inappropriate to be given to the people we support, into individual bespoke fashion accessories and home furnishings. Items are produced and sold by vulnerable women who are not yet work ready, increasing their skills, self esteem and employability. The new workshop will enable us to expand the enterprise and offer more personal development opportunities

We are asking people to pledge a minimum £100 towards our initial end of August £2500 target. If successful we will then be able to take part in a public crowd funding campaign in November, with the ultimate aim of raising the £10000 needed to complete the refit  

You can find more information about the project at https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/23629. If you are able to pledge please use this form http://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/pledge/thamesvalleypartnership

Thank you for your support.

New appointments to the team

We have recently welcomed new staff to the team. Tracy will be working for New Leaf as prison support worker for NPS cases and also as the local coordinator for Oxfordshire. Sharon has been appointed as the local coordinator for Berkshire two days a week. Our local coordinators are responsible for supporting New Leaf volunteers and promoting the project in their area of responsibility area. Welcome to both. We still have a vacancy in Buckinghamshire which we hope to fill in the near future.

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.

Phone contact with New Leaf

New Leaf staff and volunteer mobile numbers have recently changed. If you are trying to contact someone from the project and do not have their new number, please call 01844 202001 during office hours or email info@newleafproject.co.uk. We apologise for any inconvenience caused   

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