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New Leaf Project
The New Leaf Project offers volunteer led mentoring and support to prisoners who will be returning to the Thames Valley region (Buckinghamahire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes). We meet the person before release collect them from prison on the day of release and continue after release
Charity information: Thames Valley Partnership
The aims of the project are to decrease social exclusion and integrate the offender into society, to decrease crime and re-offending, to increase the persons self worth and resilience
We use trained vetted volunteer mentors who meet with the person on a weekly basis to help them plan for their future. They build a trust relationship and will help re-integrate the individual into their community establishing new role models and contribution to society in a positive fashion eg by undertaking voluntary work or taking part in community activities and club, increasing the persons self-worth and resilience and contributing to desistance.
To reintegrate offenders into the community, increasing social inclusion, self-worth and desistance
Activities» Recruit and train mentors from across the Thames Valley to support offenders in prison and the community
What success will look like
We measure the increase in social inclusion and self-worth on star outcomes charts and through questionnaires. We measure decreases in reoffending through police data
Volunteers and offenders will benefit from increased skills and the opportunity to learn from people with different socioeconomic backgrounds. We will contribute to safer local communities and breaking down the prejudice towards ex-offenders
A lack of mentors or offenders interested in the project. We currently have approximately 20 volunteers waiting to be trained and 60 active volunteers. We have received 250 referrals per year for the last year
We have active facebook, twitter and linked In accounts as well as a website that is updated with any major news. We will circulate quarterly newsletters and hold a stakeholder event once a year.
Budget - Project Cost: £149,775Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £89,738 Staff Costs manager, 3 x prison workers, 3 x collection team £17,148 Travel staff travel to prison and collection on day of release + expenses £12,994 Volunteer Costs Volunteer travel and expenses £29,895 Core Costs Training, recruitment, equipment, marketing, support and overheads
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust £18,000 Guaranteed MTCNovo £21,000 Guaranteed Volant Charitable Trust £30,000 Guaranteed 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
We support people in the Thames Valley including prisoners in Bronzefield women's prison, Woodhill, Bullingdon and Springhill prison. The mentors will meet people in their local community in public places or coffee shops including the areas of High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Buckingham, Banbury, Bicester, Oxford, Slough, Reading Bracknell, Maidenhead and Newbury.
The people we support are often at the edges of society and the majority are homeless, may have drug and alcohol problems, suffer from mental or physical health problems, have debt and be surviving off benefits, have often been in care or excluded from school in childhood and lack skills or employment.
In addition volunteers from the local community will benefit from new experiences and training.
Thames Valley Partnership has over 20 years experience in supporting offenders and finding effective long term solution to social exclusion. New Leaf has been delivering effective volunteer led mentoring to offenders for 5 years which has been evaluated and shown to effective reduce the frequency of re-offending, decreased social exclusion and offered a cost of crime saving equivalent to £357 per £1 invested in the project.
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Caroline has developed the project from vision to delivery across the Thames Valley. She has 10 year experience of working with offenders.