Building Better Opportunities: New Leaf Project


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“Motivating Cheshire!"

Over the next three years, the New Leaf project aims to support a minimum of 2,800 residents across Cheshire closer or into employment.

It is designed to boost confidence and unlock potential by providing training, developing skills and giving opportunities to improve personal aspirations.

New Leaf brings together a diverse range of 30 partners from across Warrington and Cheshire, including local authorities, learning providers, charities, social landlords, disability support networks to change lives, create opportunities and make a positive contribution to the local communities and the regional economy.

Management and Funding

The project spearheaded by Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) 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) 2014-2020, to provide joint investment in local projects that stimulates 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.

Weaver Vale Housing Trust have been allocated just under £1m to deliver a unique tailored service to support those furthest away from the Employment market making employment opportunities more accessible.  Weaver Vale Housing Trust are delighted to be a key partner providing mentoring, training and money advice support to people across the Cheshire West and Chester area.

How will it work?

New Leaf will help those in greatest need and farthest from work.  The project will also benefit local economies through local investment and supporting economic activity.

All clients will have own their professional mentor, trained to build positive, relationships focused on clients needs and strengths. Bespoke programmes will support clients to explore and identify personal barriers to enable them to achieve agreed goals, re-engage with mainstream services, and ultimately maintain employment. Leads will be supported by employer engagement staff to create positive and sustainable pathways to work.

Employers will see improved candidates, better skill matching and lower turnover of staff.

New Leaf partners...

Our specialist partners from across Cheshire, bring expertise enabling targeted, local support to tackle; financial problems, manage transition to Universal Credit, resolve housing problems, improve skills, increase confidence, improve IT skills/tackle digital exclusion and improve health & wellbeing.

Advance Employability CiC, Careers Connect, Cheshire Community Development Trust, Cheshire East Lifelong Learning, Cheshire West & Cheshire Council, Chester Voluntary Action, The Children's Society, Council for Voluntary Services Cheshire East, Centrifuge (Evaluation Partner), Deafness Support Network, DIAL House Chester, Disabiliy Information Bureau, Golden Gates Housing Trust, Groundwork, Transformation for Veterans, South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, St Loye's Foundation, Train to Change, United Response, UpTurn, Warrington Citizens Advice Bureau, Warrington Collegiate, Warrington Disability Partnership, Workers Educational Association (WEA), Warrington Borough Council, Warrington Voluntary Action, and Young Enterprise.

Looking to Get into Work: What can New Leaf do for you?

The New Leaf project is here to help you take control and change your life by:

  • Providing 1-2-1 support
  • Helping you with skills and training
  • Finding opprtunities to unlock your potential
  • Boosting your confidence and prospects

New Leaf will be with you every step of the way, it can:

  • Provide skills advice that's right for you
  • Put more money in your pocket
  • Give you and your family a bright new future

Find out more - make the first step..

To find out more about or get in touch with the New Leaf project, contact [Firstname Surname], New Leaf Project Co-ordinator on [number] or email [email address].

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