From 2016 to 2019, the WEA are taking part in the New Leaf project, which aims to support a minimum of 2,800 residents across Cheshire closer or into employment.  

New Leaf is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

The New Leaf project is here to help people to take control and change their life by:

  • Providing 1-2-1 support
  • Helping  with skills and training
  • Finding opportunities to unlock potential
  • Boosting confidence and future prospects

​For more information on the New Leaf project visit


Aims, Management and Funding

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. 

New Leaf participants will have own their professional mentor, trained to build positive, relationships focused on clients 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. 

The project spearheaded by Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT), part of NW housing group Torus, has received £10.6 million of funding from the Building Better Opportunities programme, a key part of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) European Funding Programme.

The scheme sees the National Lottery Community Fund matching funds from European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020, to provide joint investment in local projects that stimulates economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration. 

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.



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