Funding boost for mentoring scheme

A project designed to cut re-offending rates through a mentoring scheme has secured £40,000 to support its work.

Thames Valley Partnership will use the grant to take on two new staff members for its New Leaf programme, which works across Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The project provides volunteer-based mentoring to offenders on their release from prison.

Project manager Caroline Stevens said: "Demand for our charity's services has doubled in the past year and we are also extending our project to include young offenders.

"With this new funding we will be able to provide more offenders with support that will increase their self-esteem and decrease social exclusion and re-offending rates through volunteering."