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


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