NL logo 2014 version 2New 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

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


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.

New Leaf awarded Approved Provider Standard

APS Logo - CURRENTIn 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!


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


Extra Help for New Leaf

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!


Additional Funding for New Leaf!

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.

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