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What is New Leaf?

New Leaf brings together partners from across Warrington and Cheshire to change lives, create opportunities and make a positive contribution to local communities and the regional economy

New Leaf programme will be looking to support over 2,800 people from across Cheshire, enabling them to move closer to employment over three year until September 2019. The project has been allocated £10.6 million of funding through the Building Better Opportunities programme and is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, which provides 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.

South Cheshire Chamber is one of the many partners involvement in the New Leaf project.

How Does It Work?

With you every step of the way, New Leaf can:

  • Provide skills advice that's right for you
  • Get 1-2-1 support from your own mentor
  • Find opportunities and unlock your potential
  • Meet employers and get access to jobs
  • Put more money in your pocket
  • Earn extra wages on top of your benefits
  • Take control of your finances
  • Be more independent
  • Give you and your family a bright new future
  • Improve your confidence
  • Meet new people
  • Feel good and change your life

How do South Cheshire Chamber support the New Leaf Programme?

You will work with your own professional mentor, trained to build positive relationships focused on your needs and strengths.

As a New Leaf participant you will receive a personalised programme to support you to explore and identify your barriers to enable you to achieve your agreed goals through 1-2-1 mentoring, support, advice and guidance.

If you live in Cheshire East or West and it is identified that you are interested in employment then South Cheshire Chamber will help you to explore your options, including potential training, work experience, support with CVs, interview practice and introductions to employers. If you live in Warrington you will be referred to our colleagues at Warrington and Co.

If you would like to do some work experience then we will help you source and undertake a placement of over 20 hours. We will ensure you have support in preparation for, undertaking and completing the placement.

An example of how it works

SG Property took part in the New Leaf project, to "offer work experience for one of the participants. With continued growth in our lettings business, the assistance from the New Leaf participant Sarah has been great help" - Anthony Garnett, Company Director.

Anthony added: "Working with South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce we found the New Leaf programme a simple and straight forward one. By understanding the needs of the participants, the Chamber approached SG Property Group. After meeting with Sarah ... we arranged a start date ... The feedback from Sarah has been very positive and we believe it was a positive outcome from everyone involved".

How can employers or potential participants get involved?

We welcome new employers to get involved. This could be to offer talks, visits, inputs to training sessions, work experience, work trials or promote vacancies.

Any potential participants or employers looking to get involved in New Leaf are encouraged to contact: Angela Wilkinson T: 01270 4453404 E:

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