Our Aims: To utilise the valuable experiences of peer mentors and incentivise education with the provision of genuine through-the-gate Peer Resettlement support workers alongside extra training leading to employment and desistance.
Our Core values are:
We take Responsibility
We are Positive
We are Credible
We are Transformative
We are Professional
What do we offer? We offer 24/7 support to our members upon release via our existing members who will offer you a friendly word of advice whenever you need it. There will be training opportunities, details of apprenticeships, volunteering opportunities and we will be advertising jobs on there too! We will also be encouraging employers to look at your profiles and take chances on people, so get involved.
97% of Prisoners want to stop committing crime
88% of prisoners we engage in Prison want to work with us.
68% of offenders believe having a job will stop them re-offending.
38% of people we collected from the gate were homeless.
57% of the prisoners we engaged are high risk.
54% of the people we have engaged so far have been supported into work.
WHAT WE OFFER
Our college tutors and level 2 trained mentors run Resettlement and Employability courses in custody focusing on communication skills, work expectations and budgeting. We then build rapport in custody and provide Through-The-Gate support working with service users to focus on things such as an employment action plan, discussing any issues or triggers we need to make arrangements around. We have strong links with community education and training providers who focus on potential rather than past and we can part-fund CSCS cards in some cases. We get ex-offenders working either with us on our direct projects such as New Leaf Property Maintenance Service, or at the soon to be opened Work-House: our Light-industry warehouse space which also acts as our Engagement hub. This is where most of our mentoring takes place and new skills are embedded.
We also offer self-employment support and advice from people who have done it themselves.
When people are ready to move on, we have a Network of employers who want to meet with them at one of our work-it-out events, offering further training and guidance for them on their journeys. All of our employers have a healthy ethos around employing ex-offenders. If you would like to know more, please fill out a contact form and one of our advisors will call you back.
We believe in a self-help approach which empowers those we work with to make positive decisions and to pursue their own rehabilitation. We believe in giving responsibility to people which promotes the fastest growth in the shortest time. We believe in the power of a positive can-do attitude, 1-2-1 life-affirming sessions and taking responsibility for our past actions.
‘I’m looking at putting my new-found skills and experiences to good use and take up work as a mentor, helping other offenders through their journeys of rehabilitation, for the future is looking brighter than ever before and part of that future is about helping others as I’ve been and still am being supported’.
‘When Jason’s mentor picked him up from HMP North Sea Camp, it meant a lot to Jason and me as it gave him a sense of security, respect, dignity and took away a lot of stress around his release. We Thank New Leaf so much for that kindness, it will never be forgotten’.
‘I was completely lost, struggling to survive to be honest. I’ve been in institutions since I was 10 years old & coping out in the big bad world was proving more than I could handle. I didn’t want to be here any more and for a proud, strong man, that proves how low I got. So I took the hard step of asking for help from New Leaf and I’m so glad I did. My mentor was the helping hand I needed. She understood, listened, and gave me the advice and practical help to move forward, but most of all, she was there. She saved me through her professional, caring actions. So thanks New Leaf, onwards and upwards!’