Christmas Time is a time for reflection, a time to share with friends and family.
Some of our service users will spend Christmas in prison, shared homes or probation approved premises. Others might be alone and It is for that reason that our assistance will still be available during this sometimes-difficult period. Besides our own peer mentors, you can reach out to:
- Samaritans: dial 116 123
- NHS: dial 111
- A&E: you can go to A&E directly if you need immediate help and are worried about your safety
For the New Leaf Initiative, 2017 has been a successful year.
In 2017, New Leaf volunteers supported hundreds of prisoners in custody and over 60 people in the community to change their lives in some way – through counselling, training, motivational work, mentoring, clothing, funding, benefits and housing support and of course, employment and numerous job interviews.
In October, we took on a new member of staff, John who has supported New Leaf in every way imaginable from developing our back-office provision, to being an incredible mentor working 1-2-1 with our service users to support change in any way possible. John has taken to New Leaf like a fish to water and will continue his amazing work alongside our other awe-inspiring volunteers, Steve, Dave, Zoe and Marie-Claire to name a few…
In December, we moved into our new office, 8 Allcock Street, Birmingham, enabling us to see service users 5 days a week in a safe, warm and inclusive environment, as well as at our weekly drop-in at SIFA Fireside Homeless charity where we continue to support their service users with convictions.
For New Leaf, the future is bright, and the same is true for you, regardless of your convictions, if you can develop the right attitude, the right state of mind, and are able to commit to working with one of our experienced peer mentors; we will do our utmost to empower you to decide your own destiny and what is right for your future.
Our mentors are fully qualified, and all have personal experience of overcoming the barriers to re-joining society – of turning pain into progression and personal power. New Leaf is our team of volunteers. Here are some words from a former service user:
“Without your support, I don’t know where I’d be right now […] I’ve turned my back on a life of violence & crime,
I’ve even kicked anxiety and depression into touch, and live a wonderful life with my family,
working a legitimate job which I never thought would happen.
None of this would of been possible without your desire to help someone that you never even knew”
Please stay in touch with us, and continue to read our announcements through our social media platforms, we have lots planned so 2018 will be an exciting year, that we already know!
The New Leaf team wishes all Service Users, partners and referral agencies a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and successful 2018.
The New Leaf Team