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New Leaf

New Leaf

Deafness Support Network (DSN) has teamed up the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help D/deaf people in Cheshire secure employment. In a bid to extend their offering, DSN are now partnering with New Leaf, a project which offers free support and training to individuals seeking employment, volunteering opportunities, financial advice and life skills.

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

How it works

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 their own professional mentor, trained to build positive relationships focused on client’s 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.

DSN in partnership

Are working with specialist partners from across Cheshire and Warrington in bring expertise in targeting 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:

Looking into getting into to work: What the New Leaf programme can 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 opportunities 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

If you’d like to turn over a New Leaf or further information about the service, contact Brian on or visit

This is George’s story

George was referred to the New Leaf programme via an initial interview with DSN’s New Leaf coordinator Brian Cadwallader at Chester Deaf Club. He began his journey by working with his personal mentor Helen Barrie and successfully completed a work placement at local farm café in Ellesmere Port. George enjoyed his time there so much, that he still continues to help out, knowing that it is providing him with vital work experience to add to his CV. The staff at the café have been extremely supportive and welcoming and were very impressed with his work ethic. Read more