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New Leaf News

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Apr 2021 - Apprenticeship Diversity and Social Mobility Forum

New Leaf were honoured to be asked to join the panel for The Apprenticeship Diversity and Social Mobility Forum, organised by the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance. Paul Harper (Partnerships Manager) spoke about some of the challenges faced by the clients we support, along with how external funding has been used to support them in areas including education, training and employment.

Mar 2021 - Expert Citizens National INSIGHT Conference and Awards 2021

New Leaf founder Marie-Claire was recently announced the winner of The Mark Gater Outstanding Recognition award at the Expert Citizens Insight Awards 2021. This was in recognition of her work developing the New Leaf Network, culminating in the first Conference and Awards Ceremony for people with Lived Experience. It goes without saying that the New Leaf team are immensely proud of MC!

Mar 2021 - New Leaf working in partnership to support leavers from HMP Birmingham

Feb 2021 - New Leaf launches a freephone Resettlement Helpline

New Leaf is proud to launch the New Leaf Resettlement Helpline, a freephone number available to both serving and former-prisoners. The helpline will enable much easier access to New Leaf for serving prisoners who are looking to make plans for their release.  The line can be accessed by calling 0300 102 3456.

Nov 2020 - Tickets now available for the New Leaf Network Conference and Awards 2020

The New Leaf Network is a network of Leaders with Lived Expertise of the Criminal Justice System. Our mission is to support others to develop, both personally and professionally.

To recognise and celebrate our community, on the 15th December we will be holding the first annual Conference and Awards ceremony for LLEx CJS (Leaders with Lived Experience of the Criminal Justice System).

Tickets are now available. To register please visit our Eventbrite page

Oct 2020 - Launching the New Leaf Network Conference and Awards 2020

The New Leaf Network is a network of Leaders with Lived Expertise of the Criminal Justice System. Our mission is to support others to develop, both personally and professionally.

To recognise and celebrate our community, on 15th December we will be holding the first annual Conference and Awards ceremony for LLEx CJS (Leaders with Lived Experience of the Criminal Justice System). To view the awards categories, or make a nomination please click here.

Sept 2020 - New Leaf Co-Op set up to help former offenders

New Leaf is setting up a co-operative CIC that will support former offenders by offering them training and employment opportunities. In setting up the new entity, New Leaf has had support and mentoring from the Hive – the co-op development programme funded by the Co-op Bank and delivered by Co-operatives UK. Click here to read the full article.

Aug 2020 - New Leaf in the Independent Monitor July Publication

New Leaf founder Marie-Claire recently contributed an article for the Independent Monitor publication about the importance of communication and her personal journey. The full publication can be viewed here Monitor July 2020  You can find us on pages 22 and 23.

July 2020 - Survey for families of prisoners

To the Families of Prisoners who took part in our survey a while back. Your voices are still being heard and will continue to be. I know it isn’t enough, by far, but I hope you know that none of us have forgotten about you, and we will continue to do all we can to affect change.

https://twitter.com/newleafcic/status/1283892157410160643

Mar 2020 - First Visitors Council to launch at HMP Birmingham

We are proud to announce that New Leaf will be running the UK’s first ever Visitor’s Council and Departure lounge which will be based at HMP Birmingham.  If you are passionate about researching #prisons #peermentoring #familes #resettlement #support #throughthegate please take a look at our Invitation to TenderHMPBirmingham

Mar 2020 - New Leaf on BBC Radio WM

New Leaf founder Marie-Claire was recently invited as a guest on BBC Radio WM to talk about the challenges faced by individuals leaving prison.  This followed research published by Sophie Grace Gregory from Birmingham City University which can be found here. We will post a clip of the show as soon as we have it!

Mar 2020 - New Leaf meet the Mayor

New Leaf and one of our service users Jas were filmed with West Mids Metro Mayor Andy Street at the launch of Wolverhampton Colleges’ Construction Training centre. Jas did an amazing job sharing his story,  including how the WMCA Construction Gateway training supported him with gaining the qualifications he needed to secure employment. Video to follow soon!

Feb 2020 - Report by the Prisoner Learning Alliance

A report on Leadership in Prison Education produced by the Prisoner Learning Alliance was launched at HMP Wandsworth. The event was attended by New Leaf and the full report can be found here.

Feb 2020 - Presenting at Crime and Justice Networking and Learning Fair

New Leaf founder Marie-Claire co-presented “Giving back by paying back: financial restitution through community payback co-operatives” with Dave Nicholson from Manchester Metropolitan University

Nov 2019 - New Leaf at the National INSIGHT Awards

New Leaf were at the National INSIGHT awards organised by Expert Citizens. where our Intensive Case Worker, the lovely Nadine, picked up the runner up award in the welcoming people category. The full gallery can be viewed here.

Jul 2016 - Virgin Trains helps ex-offenders to put their lives back on track

Read here about Tammy, one of our service users, and her success in securing employment with Virgin Trains.