New Leaf Support provides practical and emotional support to victims of domestic abuse. It works with women and men, and supports more than 650 people a year from its base in Sittingbourne in Kent. The charity offers a refuge, though the majority of work is in the community. It runs a MARDA (Multi-Agency Response to Domestic Abuse) service once a week with representatives from charities, the council, police and the courts. This provides a rounded service for victims of abuse, and offers assistance with housing, legal matters, and a range of support services.
The Foundation provided £4,492 at its October 2019 meeting of Trustees. The grant is to cover additional hours for administration of the charity. This will help with the increasing amount of work required as the charity grows. Overall, in the next year, New Leaf Support aims to help more victims to be adequately and suitably housed, provide additional support, and increase health and wellbeing.