The New Leaf team

Hasy from New Leaf<br />

New Leaf became a registered charity in 2013.

The vision of its founder and continuing volunteer.

Hasmita (Hasy) Reardon

Founder/Volunteer

Hasy volunteered for another domestic abuse charity where she not only supported clients for 7 years but was also a vital member of their board of Trustees.

The valuable experience and knowledge that she gained throughout this time opened her eyes to a sector of women and children that were falling through the loopholes, by not meeting the criteria for the standard refuge accommodation. Thus, causing them to remain in an abusive relationship.

Being a successful woman in the world of property investment, Hasy decided to provide a property that fulfilled this need and has since gone on to provide vital respite accommodation for many individuals and families in Swale.

This innovative idea was the first of its kind in the UK and is just part of what makes the New Leaf Support Team unique.

Hasy now has as an amazing team that is expanding and growing with the charities needs and challenges. The team consists of Volunteers, Staff and a Board of Trustees.

Their immense experience in the field of Domestic Abuse and qualifications also include:

  • Legal qualifications, family law and civil orders
  • Housing legislation
  • Benefit and Finances
  • FGM and Immigration processes and laws
  • Systematic Family Therapist
  • Phoenix Programme trainers and facilitators
  • And a vast array of practical skills to offer clients.

All of these are underpinned by a highly motivated and qualified support team, who obtain vital funding and donations to make our services possible.

Together we work as a team to offer the clients the highest quality of support and advice to break the chain of abuse, without judgement, or discrimination.

Assisting each client to turn over a New Leaf in their life.

Amanda-Walker

Amanda Walker

CEO

 

Since joining New Leaf Support Domestic Abuse Service as Manager in 2023, I have been promoted to CEO in Jan 2024, a privilege to be part of the amazing team.

My previous job roles included, Domestic Abuse Specialist for the Family Drug and Alcohol Court, throughout Kent. Working with Victim Support in London, I was a Senior IDVA across the boroughs of Bromley/Sutton and Croydon. I worked at Home-Start Shepway for 15 years, as a project coordinator for a charity.

I am a fully trained Safe Lives IDVA and Service Manager, also trained in Child Sexual Exploitation, Health and Social Care, Adult and Child Protection, MARAC, DASH Risk Assessment, Crisis Intervention and training of Volunteers.

I have also volunteered for the Appropriate Adult Service Young Lives Foundation, this was supporting children and young adults in ensure effective outcomes to vulnerable and disadvantaged people whilst in Police custody. I also volunteered for Kent Police as a Special Constable, my duties included the full powers of arrest, progressing my work to joining the Police Marine Unit.

On a personal note. I am mother to three children, my sons are in the military servicing abroad and my daughter and her partner has given me two wonderful granddaughters. I have lived in several countries and moved back to the UK 20 years ago, but still enjoy exploring the world on holidays.
Forums attended:

  • Voluntary & Community Subgroup
  • Swale MARAC
  • Swale Domestic Abuse Group
  • Phoenix Collaborators Group
  • County Facilitators Meeting
  • Strengthening Referrals Networking
  • Swale Social Services & Early Help Team Meetings
  • Kent & Medway Partnership Domestic Abuse Strategy
Karen from New Leaf Support

Karen Waters

Project Coordinator/Yoga Therapist


I have worked within the field of Domestic Abuse for over 15 years, which included working within homelessness.  I trained as a Yoga Therapist in 2018,  so that I could share the positive effects of yoga with survivors of domestic abuse, in order to help them improve their wellbeing both physically and emotionally.  My role includes organising a range of wellbeing project, and offering 1:1 and group Yoga Therapy.

Jo Frances

IDVA


I have worked and volunteered within the Swale community charity sector for 10 years, in both domestic abuse and mental health services. I am a qualified Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) and offer one to one emotional and practical support to victims and survivors of domestic abuse regardless of their gender or identity. I am also a trained Phoenix Programme facilitator and work within this group setting to empower those experiencing domestic abuse to move forwards towards a happier and healthier future.

Kelly from New Leaf

Kelly Watson

Administrator Manager

I have been with for New Leaf Support as the Part-time Administrator Manager for over 6 years.  Having worked previously in a Commercial Vehicle Dealership for 20 years.  My job role involves supporting the team with any administration that is required, compiling the accounts for auditing and assisting where necessary in any support / activities as needed.  I also work part-time for a local Alcohol and Drug Residential Rehabilitation Service.

Vicky from New Leaf Support

Vicky Yorke

Support Worker 

I have a passion for supporting victim/survivors of Domestic Abuse, empowering them to build their lives. I also work part time for PAS Protection Against Stalking.

I have been in serval different role on my journey before finding my passion for Domestic Abuse, im a trained Phoenix Facilitator I have recent completed my Counselling training and continue to be a volunteer counsellor at New Leaf.

Nick from New Leaf Support

Nick Sayce

Male Support Worker

With a keen understanding of the causes and effects of domestic abuse, my knowledge to offer help and support for people who have or are suffering from domestic abuse, specifically, male victims. I’m aware of how difficult life can become for male victims and how it can be extremely difficult to receive support through traumatic times.

My goal is to be able to provide the support that’s needed to empowering male victims, helping to safeguard them and hopefully to give them a little light at the end of the tunnel so they can rebuild and look forward to a better future. I don’t believe there is enough support for male victims out there. Statistically women are more likely to be the victims of DA, which poses challenges for male victims as they’re the minority and can feel less believed.

Regardless of gender, the effects of being a victim of DA are equally destructive and damaging. I care a great deal about the lack of support for male victims, so I’m here to do what I can in order to help male victims get the help they deserve and to try and bring more awareness to this issue.

Claire Oosthuizen – Ambassador

Claire Oosthuizen

Ambassador

I have over 20 years of teaching experience, as well as a lecturing and research portfolio covering education, behaviour management and mental health within schools. In 2015 I created The Themis Project, creating an educational experience for schools to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse, to educate and support pupils around healthy relationships and recognising the signs of an abusive relationships. I also offer CPD sessions for the school staff to help them support and manage youngsters who have witnessed Domestic Abuse in their home and offer effective follow up support for the pupils and staff.

Over the past few years as Head of Personal Development in our local Oasis school, New Leaf and their team, alongside input from our local police, have worked with us in delivering an effective educational package around Healthy Relationships. This included interactive workshops and focus weeks within all year groups, as well as a bespoke delivery for the more vulnerable students.

My aims now as a local Deputy Head are to continue to build the partnership with New Leaf and other professionals both in and out of education, around domestic abuse. This is to ensure that our young people are adequately educated on Domestic Abuse in order to drastically reduce the amount of victims, as well as empower young people to recognise the signs and stand up against violence and abuse.

I feel privileged to be asked to become the Ambassador for New Leaf Support, to help in promoting the amazing work they do for victim/survivors of Domestic Abuse, regardless of their gender, as well as their drive to aid prevention within the community.

Volunteers – 14

Volunteer Directors – 6

New Leaf Team – 6

Volunteer Counsellors – 7

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