With you every step of the way, New Leaf can:
New Leaf brings together partners as well as employers from across Warrington and Cheshire to change lives, create opportunities and make a positive contribution to local communities and the regional economy.
New Leaf is looking to get over 2,800 people from across Cheshire into or closer to employment over the next three years.
The project has been allocated £10.6 million of funding from the Building Better Opportunities programme, a key part of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) European Funding Programme. The scheme sees the Big Lottery Fund matching funds from European Social Fund (ESF), which look to provide investment in local projects that increase economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration.
Find out more about the fund here.
Acorn Recovery Projects support people throughout their recovery journey in a compassionate way, focussing on long term solutions, even beyond treatment. Their innovative recovery services enable individuals and their families to break free from drug, alcohol and other addictions. Acorn help people find not just substance recovery, but emotional, social, lifelong recovery.
Acorn work on the New Leaf Programme with people affected by drug and alcohol use to provide one-to-one mentoring services, including:
Contact: Darren Lang (Service Manager)
T: 07733220253Acorn Recovery - Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Warrington
Achieve North West provide support to unemployed offenders and ex-offenders by offering access to training and learning, as well as teaching them skills to improve employment prospects. Achieve North West work with people on the New Leaf programme to:
• Assess skills, training and educational needs
• Help with access to education and training,
• Advise on interview techniques
• CV writing
• Assist with job searching and filling in application forms
• Give advice on how to disclose information about a conviction
• Offer mentor support
Contact: Cilla Roberts (Project Manager)
T: 07790 378339
Cheshire West and Chester’s Skills and Employment team can provide support to enable people on the New Leaf programme to move into employment, through four Work Zones in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford. They provide:
• Employment mentoring
• Help with overcoming barriers to employment
• A wide range of adult skills development opportunities
• Training courses from confidence building through to Maths and English.
Contact: Steve Henshaw (New Leaf ESF Project Co-ordinator)
T: 0151 356 6771
Location: Cheshire West / Ellesmere Port
Chester Voluntary Action can support people on the New Leaf programme into a range of volunteering opportunities. Chester Voluntary Action can support people on the New Leaf programme into a range of volunteering opportunities.Volunteering can help:
• Develop professional skills
• Gain relevant experience for a CV
• Increase your confidence
• Gain a routine
• Play an active role in your community
• A chance to uncover and explore possible career paths
• Access to training, support and personal development
• Gain and utilise transferrable skills
• Develops real experiences that you can talk about in job applications and interviews
• Increase in your personal, social and employment networks and access to more opportunities.
Contact: Dee Gunning (Volunteering Development Worker)
T: 01244 401272
Citizens Advice Cheshire East is an advice giving charity offering a range of social welfare services to the public. They offer financial inclusion advice and support, including benefits issues, debt, housing and budgeting advice.
Contact: Nick Suffolk (Administrator)
T: 01270 303005
Location: Cheshire East
CVS Cheshire East can support people on the New Leaf programme into a range of volunteering opportunities. Volunteering can help develop professional skills and gain relevant experience for a CV.
Contact: Heidi Bibby (Development Officer)
T: 01270 763100
Deafness Support Network is a New Leaf partner to help Deaf people in Cheshire and Warrington secure employment. They can offer:
• Free support and training to individuals seeking employment
• Support them to get volunteering opportunities
• Financial advice
• Life skills
• Deaf awareness training
• Deaf/blind awareness training
• Interpreting for people
Deafness Support Network will actively support individuals from 15 years old.
Contact: Brian Cadwallader (New Leaf Co-ordinator)
T: 0333 220 5050 M: 07814 764 151
DIAL West Cheshire works with disabled people on the New Leaf programme, who live in West Cheshire, to enable and empower people to meeting their goals and aspirations. They can offer:
• Mentor support
• Financial advice
• Training packages in the areas of ICT and wellbeing
Contact: Meaghan McCauley (Volunteering & Learning Manager)
T: 01244 345 655
The Disability Information Bureau works with disabled people on the New Leaf programme who live in East Cheshire. They can offer mentor support, financial advice and a range of training packages.
They provide an accessible, confidential and continuously updated range of services for disabled people and any other person interested in disability related matters.
Contact: Averil Goodier (New Leaf Mentor)
T: 01625 501 759
Golden Gates Housing Trust have two teams in the New Leaf partnership.
The delivery team offer mentor support to people on the New Leaf programme. The mentors can access a small budget to support people to get them into employment and can help people access in-house training, as well as other training and educational opportunities, in the area. The delivery team also offer financial inclusion advice and help with budgeting.
The programme team support all the other organisations in the New Leaf partnership across Warrington and Cheshire and work as a communications and reporting hub between the partners and the funder.
Contact: New Leaf Programme & Delivery Team
Caroline & Alison: 01925 452131
Craig: 01925 452135
Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire & Merseyside offer two services as a New Leaf partner. They deliver training across the whole of Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Warrington and they also mentor people on the New Leaf programme who live in Cheshire East.
The mentors support the people they work with to offer training and educational opportunities and to get financial advice. They can access a small budget to help their participants move closer towards employment.
The trainers work with the mentors across the whole area to provide the training their participants need, this can range from basic skills and confidence building through to gaining a qualification.
Contact: Hugh Shields (Programme Director)
T: 01942 821 444
We offer Veterans and their loved ones a Transformation resource empowering them to achieve their true potential. We achieve this by providing a unique service and a gateway back into the community through our Transformation Centre in Widnes. To empower veterans and their families with the skills they need to develop their ability beyond their wildest expectations and achieve anything they want in life.
Joe O’Connor (Coach and Mentor)
T: 01829 760065
M: 07956 204588
Tracey O’Connor (Company Secretary)
T: 01829 760065
South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce has members across the region and is an active business catalyst and networking body.
Contact: Angela Wilkinson (Business Recruitment and Retention Co-ordinator)
T: 01270 445404
Train to Change are a Vocational Training Provider, we are a ‘not-for-profit’ Company, based in Ellesmere Port. We deliver a variety of vocational training courses which are accredited, mainly, through ABC Awards, and Open Awards, although other Awarding Bodies will also be approached to enable us to offer a wider variety of programmes and progression routes as and when necessary.
Contact: Mike Jones (Director of Commercial Services)
T: 0151 345 0557
M: 07825 507555
Upturn is a recognised Social Enterprise, limited by guarantee committed to work in deprived areas to help improve lives, create job opportunities, support people into work and encourage enterprise.
Contact: Steven Crossley (Business Adviser)
T: 0161 652 9002
Citizens Advice Warrington provides free confidential and impartial advice on a wide range of issues including Housing, Debt, Welfare Benefits, Employment, Consumer and family and relationships. We hold the Specialist Quality mark of the Legal Aid Agency.
Contact: Samina Arshad (New Leaf Case Worker)
T: 01925 246975/246970
Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP) is an internationally acclaimed user led charity. With over 24 years’ experience of developing and delivering mobility and independent living services, our aim is to support disabled people and people living with long term health conditions.
Contact: Jane Pendlebury (Mentor)
T: 01925 240064 Ext. 211
WEA NW runs over 900 courses each year attracting over 13,000 enrolments. We address the needs and challenging the inequalities of people who are socially, economically or educationally disadvantaged.
We support local economies by offering teaching in local community venues using local resources.
Contact: Helen Duerden (Project Coordinator)
T: 0151 243 5340 M:07916 008340
Warrington Borough Council’s Brighter Futures Team offers support in accessing college, volunteering, mentoring, help with finding a job, building confidence, accessing training or just writing a CV.
New Leaf project delivery will focus on pre-employability, confidence building and life skills, plus accredited courses in First Aid and Food Hygiene. Warrington & Co is the economic development and growth arm of Warrington Borough Council.
Our business engagement role has established an extensive network of contacts, which will help us to source work experience placements and accessible and attainable job opportunities for New Leaf beneficiaries.
Contact: Victoria Thomas (Employer Engagement Officer)
T: 01925 442985
Warrington Voluntary Action is committed to promoting, developing and supporting social action and empowering communities.
We support the development of a sustainable community and voluntary sector that meets the diverse needs of local people and communities to make a positive difference.
Contact: Annie Baker (Volunteer Engagement Officer)
T: 01925 246881
Weaver Vale Housing Trust provide over 6,000 affordable homes in Northwich, Winsford, Frodsham, Helsby and outlying rural areas. We have developed a variety of services to support people in their day to day life, helping them live independently in their own homes. Our fundamental aim is to help our customers improve the quality of their lives.
Contact: Abbie Harding (New Leaf Co-ordinator)
T: 01606 813493