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 received £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.
The Achieve North West project provides support to unemployed offenders by offering access to training and learning as well as teaching skills to improve employment prospects. Achieve work with people on an individual basis to:
Contact: Cilla Roberts (Project Manager)
T: 07790 378339
Cheshire West and Chester is a borough where everyone counts and should have the chance to thrive.
This is Cheshire West and Chester Council’s vision and it is our role to help wherever help is needed whether this means helping people reach their full potential; helping businesses create a strong economy, or helping communities to flourish and we work within a strong partnership framework to realise this vision.
Contact: Emma Cook (New Leaf ESF Project Co-ordinator)
T: 0151 356 6771
Chester Voluntary Action aim to promote and support voluntary action, ensure the local third sector has a strong and independent voice and improve the quality of life for local people and communities.
Contact: Dee Gunning (Volunteering Development Worker)
T: 01244 401272
The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn.
We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services, volunteer with us, and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.
Contact: Sue Preston (Service Manager Cheshire, Warrington & Merseyside)
T: 01606 333 589
CVS Cheshire East provides a wide range of support and services to groups, helping those that are starting up, as well as organisations that are already established.
We are an independent organisation supporting the development of a vibrant, effective and influential voluntary and community sector across Cheshire East.
Contact: Nicola Cooke (Development Officer)
T: 01270 763100
Deafness Support Network (founded in 1976 as the Cheshire Deaf Society) provides a wide range of support and services for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people in Cheshire and the surrounding area.
There are as many as 90,000 people in Cheshire – 10% of the population – who have a significant hearing loss.
Contact: Brian Cadwallader (New Leaf Co-ordinator)
T: 07814 764151
DIAL West Cheshire is the Disability Rights Charity in West Cheshire. Our aim is to empower disabled people and older people to live sustained and independent lives by working to reduce poverty and improve economic status, reduce social isolation, improve health and wellbeing, raise awareness of needs and aspirations and provide opportunities for volunteering, training, and employment.
Contact: Meaghan McCauley (Volunteering & Learning Manager)
T: 01244 345655
The Disability Information Bureau is staffed by volunteers with first hand experience of disability and provides a free and confidential service on all aspects of disability to disabled people, carers, friends and professionals.
We 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 501759
GGHT is part of NW housing group Torus and is the largest social landlord in Warrington.
We believe our role goes way beyond traditional bricks and mortar and we are committed to investing in our communities and providing the opportunities and support to help our tenants achieve their ambitions and improve their lives.
Contact: New Leaf Project Team
Caroline: 01925 452132
Craig: 01925 452135
Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire & Merseyside is both a charitable trust and a social enterprise that has been working to build more sustainable communities across Cheshire and Lancashire since 1985 and Merseyside since 2012. We do this by helping people and organisations to create better neighbourhoods, to build their skills and job prospects, and to live and work in a greener way.
Our vision is of a society of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper.
By this we mean communities where people can work if they want to, where people are not living in fear of crime, where young people are valued and can realise their potential, where people are healthy and can afford to make healthy choices, where neighbourhoods are places where people want to live, and where communities – be they neighbourhoods or business communities – are more resilient.
Contact: Hugh Shields (Programme Director)
T: 01942 821444
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: Trevor Langston (Business & Education Co-ordinator)
T: 01270 445404
M: 07595 496400
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
United Response is a national charity that provides a range of support services for people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health needs or physical disabilities. Our vision is a society where everyone has equal access to the same rights and opportunities. Here in Cheshire we are providing person centred support through our Supported Employment service in order to reduce the barriers people face when thinking about work. Our Job Coaches will be running 6 week job clubs for individuals with learning disabilities/difficulties and autism spectrum conditions to increase their skills and confidence towards employment.
Contact: John Brannon (Deputy Manager)
T: 0161 873 7479
M: 07875 736341
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 246970
Warrington Collegiate, based in the north of Cheshire, is the largest learning provider in Warrington, offering a wide variety of courses to a diverse range of learners.
Contact: Pamela Barrett (Project Co-ordinator)
T: 01925 494348
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: John Balshaw (New Leaf Administrator)
T: 01925 240064 Ext. 235
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: Lorraine Kerr (Project Coordinator)
T: 07920 450774
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: Tom Edwards (Brighter Futures)
T: 01925 442440
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