Overview of 2016-2017

  • We were unable to sustain our arts programme after the summer of 2016 but the remainder of our main programmes have been sustained throughout this year with some exciting new developments.
  • After 18 months of negotiations we finally signed a contract with Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company (run by MTCnovo) in August 2016. The contract is for the delivery of New Leaf mentoring through-the-gate and offender-initiated Restorative Justice.  The value of the contract is circa £100K.
  • In order to manage the risk of the CRC contract we set up Justice Links, a company limited by guarantee, as a ‘trading arm’ for Thames Valley Partnership. Linked to that the Board of Trustees decided not to take up the offer of a place on the Novo Community Ltd Board in order to minimise reputational risk.
  • We retained our core funder, Thames Valley Police for another year.
  • A lunch was hosted in July by Milly Soames, the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire with her 2 colleagues from Oxfordshire and Berkshire to raise awareness of our work. Over £10K was raised in donations and some excellent contacts made. 
  • Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) grew significantly; three sister projects are now well-established – victim-initiated RJ funded by the OPCC, offender-initiated RJ funded by the CRC and prison-based RJ funded through the Prison Service. The prison work in particular has developed into new and innovative areas with a project funded by HMP Bullingdon aiming to introduce restorative approaches into the prison adjudication system and to use RJ to train prisoners into a violence reduction role on their wing. November saw the celebration of 15 years of TVRJS with an event held in Oxford during national RJ week.
  • TecSOS has continued to grow steadily in terms of its reach into Police Areas nationally; 40 forces have now signed up to TecSOS. Over 12,421 victims have been supported through the device to date.  TecSOS is also diversifying into new areas of vulnerability and a pilot has been running this year to evaluate the potential for TecSOS to protect victims of Child Sexual Abuse.  A major area for development in 2016/17 has been the new iteration of TecSOS, TecSOS 3 which is likely to be a suite of devices/app to support a variety of victim needs including those still living with their perpetrator.
  • New Leaf’s social enterprise, OOT Box has developed slowly and is still seeking funding to scope its potential and to develop a fully costed business plan. In the meanwhile, it has found a small premise in Oxford in partnership with a similar enterprise.  It has also developed a new programme for vulnerable women at Alana House in Reading which has proved very successful in engaging women and enabling them to contemplate ideas and plans for running their own business. 
  • Family Approaches Programme continued the delivery of court based services, increased work taking place with families in the community and continued to deliver awareness-raising training across Thames Valley. The new service developed in the Visitors Centres attached to 2 Thames Valley Prisons – HMP Bullingdon and HMP Woodhill has grown significantly with new working relationships established which have the potentials to form new strategic alliances next year.  Referrals have grown significantly this year.  The Court desk service remains well-used and provides an important crisis intervention service for prisoners’ families.
  • We were successful in ‘recruiting’ three new patrons; Ian, Lord Blair of Boughton, David Faulkner and the newly appointed Bishop of Oxford.

Checking out No. 10 ….. and Chequers!!

Visit to Chequers!

Chequers in Buckinghamshire, which since 1921 has traditionally been the country retreat for the Prime Ministers, opened its great doors on Friday 5th July 2013 to welcome guests of Thames Valley Partnership and New Leaf to a small fundraising event.

Guests were treated to a rare viewing of this beautiful house, with its many and varied historical treasures, which was offered by kind permission of the PM and Mrs Cameron to help support and highlight the work of the charity. The event was sponsored by Amey Plc. Visitors included supporters and volunteers as well as strategic or commercial contacts from across the three Thames Valley counties and some national. Musical entertainment from students at local Aylesbury Music Centre added to the occasion.

Shown with the Prime Minister from left to right:  HH Christopher Tyrer DL (Chair of New Leaf Steering Group), Gillian Duggan (MD Built Environment AMEY), Patsy Townsend (Director of the Partnership) and Lord Ian Blair of Boughton (then Chair of the Partnership Board of Trustees)

Patsy Townsend (Partnership Director) with HH Christopher Tyrer (New Leaf) visiting No. 10 (March 2013)

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