Thames Valley Partnership
‘protecting victims, supporting offenders and their families’
The Thames Valley Partnership works in partnership with the statutory, private and voluntary sectors to provide long-term sustainable solutions to the problems of crime and social exclusion. We work to protect victims and reintegrate offenders. Our strength is in collaborative working and integrated approaches across sectors, particularly linking Criminal Justice services to voluntary sector and Local Authority providers.
Our broad spectrum of work includes programmes around the needs of families of offenders, work in the field of domestic abuse, support for victims, restorative justice, community cohesion, mental health issues, early interventions & initiatives around young people and arts related projects.
Find out more about the different aspects of Our Work.
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has awarded Thames Valley Partnership a grant of £40,000, over two years. The new funding will contribute towards the salaries of a prison collection team coordinator and a prison needs assessor for the New Leaf volunteer mentoring programme. New Leaf works across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes and is also looking to expand into Berkshire
Caroline Stevens, New Leaf project manager at Thames Valley Partnership, 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 reoffending rates through volunteering.”
Find out more about the Lloyds TSB funding and about the New Leaf programme here
The Women at the HeArt exhibition launched on Friday 4th October with participants visiting from some of the other sites, workshops and an evening Private View. The exhibition will run until 25th October at the Old Fire Station, George Street in Oxford, Tuesday to Saturdays 10am – 5pm. Entrance is free. Please do visit!
In November, photographs of the work will be on display in the gallery at InterAction MK.
More photos and further information on the project can be found here
Restorative justice trailblazers Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) are delighted to announce that they are one of the first organisations in the UK to receive the Restorative Justice Council’s Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).
Patsy Townsend, Director of Thames Valley Partnership who lead the service, said “This award confirms that victims can have confidence in the service we offer. Restorative Justice enables offenders to face the consequences of their actions. It is not a soft option and is in addition to any other sentence imposed by the court.”
“… to buy a French horn in a second-hand shop”
So begins the well-known Flanders & Swann lyric to the equally famous Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 which will be a centrepiece of the New Mozart Orchestra’s concert in High Wycombe, Bucks 2nd November at 7.30pm. Nicholas Korth – co-Principal Horn of the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be the distinguished soloist.
The long-established New Mozart Orchestra, which has for 15 years been resident in Buckinghamshire, giving acclaimed concerts in local festivals and performing in countless schools, makes a welcome return for this public concert promoted by the Partnership.
Susanna Fairbairn, soprano, is the other soloist in the concert, singing Beethoven’s dramatic aria ‘Abscheulicher’ (from Fidelio), in which the opera’s heroine, Leonora, curses her husband’s vengeful gaoler whilst anticipating his downfall and her joyful reunion with Fidelio.
NMO Founder and Artistic Director, Clive Fairbairn, conducts this programme which begins with one of Rossini’s renowned overture showpieces, and concludes with the humorous Symphony No.83 ‘La Poule’ by Haydn; and summer will be nostalgically recalled with Swiss composer, Honegger’s beautiful Pastorale d‘Été.
A musical feast played by some of London’s finest musicians as described in The Times: ‘…their articulation was so clear and musical, their ensemble so perfect, their sound so full and pleasing.’
We do hope we may have the pleasure of seeing you on the night – please contact Bron at the Partnership for any ticket enquiries, on 01844 202 001.
Chequers in Buckinghamshire, which since 1921 has traditionally been the country retreat for the Prime Ministers, opened its great doors on Friday 5th July to welcome guests of Thames Valley Partnership and New Leaf to a small fundraising event.
Guests were treated to a rare viewing of this beautiful house, with its many and varied historical treasures, which was offered by kind permission of the PM and Mrs Cameron to help support and highlight the work of the charity. Visitors included supporters and volunteers as well as strategic or commercial contacts from across the three Thames Valley counties and some national. Musical entertainment from students at local Aylesbury Music Centre added to the occasion.
The charity wish to thank Oxfordshire based sponsors Amey Plc for their support and all concerned for making this such a memorable afternoon – and of course to the Prime Minister and Mrs Cameron for their kind hospitality.
Shown with the Prime Minister from left to right: HH Christopher Tyrer DL (Chair of New Leaf Steering Group), Gillian Duggan (MD Built Environment AMEY), Patsy Townsend (Director of the Partnership) and Lord Ian Blair of Boughton (Chair of the Partnership Board of Trustees)
We are pleased to announce that we have received a grant from Buckinghamshire Community Foundation to further embed our Family Matters work in Buckinghamshire by hosting two informal awareness raising events and partnership meetings. For further information contact Saj – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01844 202 001.
Thames Valley Partnership and New Leaf recently visited No. 10 Downing St ……. watch this space for more news over the next month!
Wait ‘til Eight, an essential guide to NOMS victim-offender restorative justice (RJ) conferencing implementation, is now available. The guide, funded through the NOMS Restorative Justice Capacity Building Programme and developed by the Thames Valley Partnership, includes advice, checklists and templates, and start-up guidance on the eight minimum foundations that need to be in place before trained staff can be expected to undertake effective and sustainable victim-offender conferencing.
Find copies here