Turn over a New Leaf for the New Year

You may have heard about the Cheshire-wide initiative, New Leaf,  aimed at helping economically inactive people move closer towards employment.

New Leaf participants will have their own mentor who is trained to build positive relationships focused on individual needs, helping to explore and identify personal barriers. They will gain bespoke support to achieve agreed goals that in the longer term will enable them to fulfill personal aspirations.

Some of the specialist support will tackle: financial problems; manage transition to universal credit; resolve housing problems; improve skills and confidence; gain qualifications; improve IT skills; improve health and well-being. There will also be opportunities to gain experience through volunteering in the community; or work experience in the job market. The support will be totally tailored to their individual needs and aspirations.

There are many organisations involved in this initiative and we will all be working together to ensure that anyone who may benefit from the programme and is eligible to participate is referred to the project.

To qualify for the New Leaf programme participants must be either unemployed or economically inactive. Even if people are not currently actively seeking work, New Leaf is designed to support people gain confidence and skills- particularly those who face extra barriers.

To participate, people must have: a National Insurance number; proof of right to live and work in the UK; and proof that they are not currently working. We can help people gain these letters and documents if they don’t already have them.

Please contact me if you have clients that you feel would benefit from hearing more about this project and/or volunteering. I can help them find a suitable volunteer placement and refer them to further support.

Furthermore, if you are reading this and would like to refer yourself, please get in touch.

dee.gunning@chesterva.org.uk or 01244 401 272

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