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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 246

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH...

CLINKS VACANCY: Project Coordinator required for sustainable work with offenders project

CLINKS REQUEST: help us respond to NOMS' commissioning plans

CLINKS EVENT: regional events to prepare for Police and Crime Commissioners

CLINKS NETWORK NEWS: desistance presentation now online

CLINKS MEMBERS OFFER: free consultancy for small organisations

CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: Member wins top Guardian award

CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: Network for Black Professionals awarded NOMS funding

CLINKS MEMBERS NEWS: Justice Minister writes to Clinks Member

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: consultation on victims

COMMISSIONING: substance misuse services in the West Midlands

COMMISSIONING: improving the evidence base for desistance theory

EVENT: women on the edge?

EVENT: enhancing prison play areas

EVENT: special screening this weekend and readers offer

TRAINING: working with women in the CJS

PUBLICATION: new edition of The Record

PUBLICATION: evaluating an artist in residence

PUBLICATION: the impact on spending cuts on local authorities

VIDEO DOCUMENTARY: creating a socially sustainable society

RESOURCE: share good practice

OPPORTUNITY: for young people with a good idea

VACANCIES IN THE CJS

TIPS OF THE WEEK...


 

CLINKS VACANCY: Project Coordinator required for sustainable work with offenders project

The Sustainable Work with Offenders Project aims to support the sustainability of the VCS working with offenders in a rapidly changing environment. Based at our London office, the post holder will be responsible for identifying emerging opportunities and challenges, and helping the Sector to respond and thrive. We are looking for someone with a good understanding of the funding and operational landscape, familiarity with commissioning, subcontracting and capacity building in the VCS. S/he will have experience of successfully coordinating projects, good communication skills, and experience of working with a range of stakeholders. S/he will need the ability to think strategically and attend to detail. Find out more and apply at: Work for Clinks.

 

 

CLINKS REQUEST: help us respond to NOMS' commissioning plans

NOMS have just published online the second version of their Commissioning Intentions for 2012-13. This updates an earlier version published in November 2011. The changes to the document reflect both feedback from stakeholders and further clarification by NOMS of some of the planning assumptions set out to support service providers in their business planning. Although NOMS are inviting ongoing dialogue with stakeholders about their future commissioning intentions and practice, the key focus of this document is on informing the immediate negotiations of Service Level Agreements and reviews of contract schedules with providers, which they aim to conclude in time for them to take effect from April 2012. Clinks' Policy Team will be issuing a briefing on the updated document over the coming week. We would very much welcome any comments that you would like to make about Version 2 and its immediate implications for your organisation and the services you aim to deliver. Have your say at: Clinks Network.

 

 

CLINKS EVENT: regional events to prepare for Police and Crime Commissioners

We are holding a series of regional briefing events for VCSE organisations working on community safety to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the new commissioning landscape and provide further information about the support available through Clinks' Safer Future Communities project. The events are open to all VCSE organisations working on community safety and statutory stakeholders. If your organisation has an interest in or works to address issues such as crime & reoffending, antisocial behaviour, equalities and diversity, substance misuse, violence against women and girls or youth crime, we want to encourage you to attend. The events will be in: Birmingham, 8th Feb; Leicester, 15th Feb; Gatwick, 22nd Feb; Norwich, 29th Feb; Taunton, 7th March; York, 15th March; Durham, 20th March; Manchester, 21st March. Book your free place at: Clinks SFC project.

 

 

CLINKS NETWORK NEWS: desistance presentation now online

'What Matters? Thinking Differently' was the challenging title of the keynote presentation that Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow, made to Clinks' national conference in Birmingham. The conference theme was 'Playing to our strengths: the role of the VCS in desistance', and the presentation set just the right tone for the rest of the day, and highlighted the particular contribution that Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations can make to support people on their highly individual journeys to desistance. Read Clinks' Policy Manager Lesley Fraser's notes, and download Fergus's presentation at: Clinks Network.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBERS OFFER: free consultancy for small organisations

Clinks' Sustainable Work with Offenders project is providing free short-term consultancy and specialist advice to smaller organisations wishing to improve their financial sustainability.  We are offering strategic support to small-medium sized not-for-profit organisations, to address areas such as developing business and fundraising strategies, diversifying income streams, demonstrating impact - or wherever you need it most to increase your sustainability.  Applications are particularly welcomed from organisations in the Midlands, North East and North West. Find out more and download the application forms at Clinks SWOP.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: Member wins top Guardian award

Clinks Member UNLOCK were named winners of the prestigious Guardian Charity Awards 2011. The award recognised UNLOCK's aim of a society "in which reformed offenders are able to fulfil their positive potential through the enjoyment of equal opportunities, rights and responsibilities". Other achievements chronicled in the Guardian's pages include UNLOCK's work in successfully introducing high street banks Barclays and Halifax into prisons to improve resettlement. Chief Executive Bobby Cummines told the Guardian "It's wonderful to get our work recognised like this, but we are still a long, long way from eradicating needless discrimination against people who have made mistakes but have paid their debt to society and want to take their place alongside everyone else." Full details at: UNLOCK.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: Network for Black Professionals awarded NOMS funding

As a Clinks member, the Network for Black Professionals (NBP) were pleased to be awarded part of the £1.4m NOMS grant for developing Volunteering & Mentoring to Offenders.  The NBP is a social Justice organisation that exists to promote the benefits of ethnic and cultural diversity economies of the UK and will use the grant to raise awareness of the need for more volunteers and mentors from a BAME background to work with offenders and ex-offenders.  NBP held its first event on 25th Jan, at Westminster Kingsway College and had a great turnout which included a representative from NOMS and many of partners on the project. Fine out more at: Network for Black Professionals.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBERS NEWS: Justice Minister writes to Clinks Member

Following IARS' publication 'Restorative Justice and the Secure Estate: Alternatives for Young People' Crispin Blunt, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Justice, wrote to IARS: "My absolute priority is to continue to help build provision of restorative justice in the system....I have read the IARS report with interest and noted the findings of the research. I would be interested to hear your ideas to improve the use of restorative justice in the juvenile secure estate and in prisons, and how it can inform our work as we develop our policy for delivering restorative justice across the system". Read the full letter at: IARS.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: consultation on victims

'Getting it right for victims and witnesses' is a new MoJ consultation that sets out the Government's proposed approach to ensuring that victims and witnesses get the support they need, both to overcome the consequences of crime and to participate fully in the criminal justice process. It also aims to ensure that offenders take greater responsibility for repairing the harm they have caused, through a combination of financial reparation and restorative justice. Have your say at: MoJ.

 

 

COMMISSIONING: substance misuse services in the West Midlands

Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust are looking to commission substance misuse programmes, including Drink Impaired Drivers' programmes (DID), Offender Substance Abuse programme (OSAP) and the Lower Intensity Alcohol programme (LIAP). The overall aim of the interventions is to deliver these Accredited Programmes in the community in order to ensure that this sentencing option is available to all sentencers, and to reduce re-offending. Single providers or a consortium of providers are invited to tender for this service. Deadline to apply is 12 March, full details at: Contracts Finder.

 

 

COMMISSIONING: improving the evidence base for desistance theory

MoJ are requesting for expressions of interest to undertake research to improve the evidence base in a range of under-researched areas related to the work of the Commissioning Strategies Group and desistance theory, and provide a framework for measurement of outcomes that can be adopted by VCS providers. It is expected that the work will be divided into 3 or 4 separate contracts. One will focus on mentoring, one on family and intimate relationships, and one or two on other areas of interest, to be determined during the tendering exercise. The successful contractors will be expected to work with providers in the subject area of study to identify a range of outcomes. MoJ therefore encourage consortia bids between research/academic organisations, economists and providers. The deadline for registering an interest is 5th February. Please make sure you download and read in full the 'Advertisement' document at: Contracts Finder.

 

 

EVENT: women on the edge?

Brighton Oasis Project provides a unique portfolio of services for women with drug and alcohol problems and children affected by substance misuse. Their third annual conference [29May, Brighton,£130] will bring together a range of speakers from academia, medicine, nursing and social care to address issues facing this client group. For more information and bookings visit: Brighton Oasis Project.

 

 

EVENT: enhancing prison play areas

Pact's Kids VIP team will be running another of their free 'Bringing your Prison Play Area to Life' Forums [13th March, Leicester]. If you'd like to attend, please send an email detailing your name, what prison/organisation you're from and how many are coming in your party to Michela Preddie.

 

 

EVENT: special screening this weekend and readers offer

BFI Southbank have a special screening of 'In Prison My Whole Life' [Saturday 4February, Waterloo Bridge, £5], the ongoing story of Mumia Abu-Jamal: political activist, ex-Black Panther and death row inmate. BFI "would like to offer Light Lunch readers free entry to the event that precedes the 'In Prison' screening. At 11:00 we will screen a previously unseen documentary exploring the history and events leading up to the imprisonment of and worldwide campaign for justice for Mumi Abu-Jamal." To claim this exclusive offer please redeem over the phone by calling 0207 928 3232 and quoting 'In Prison offer'. Alternatively state this at the box office in person on the day. However please note if you choose to leave it until the day tickets will be subject to availability. Film details at: BFI.

 

 

TRAINING: working with women in the CJS

'Women Involved with the Criminal Justice System' is a one-day training course from Women in Prison (WIP) [29March, London, from £100] for any professionals working with women involved in the criminal justice system. Having worked with female offenders and ex-offenders for 28 years, WIP are able to provide expert training on how to support this complex and hard-to-reach client group. The program offers a unique balance of theory, research, policy and frontline experience. Full details and bookings at: Women in Prison.

 

 

PUBLICATION: new edition of The Record

Issue 8 of 'The Record', the free newsletter for law-abiding people facing discrimination and inequality as a result of a criminal record, is now out. The latest edition features: A Guardian Gong for Unlock; filtering old and minor convictions; employment opportunities; policy updates; and some brilliant articles about getting a second chance and being falsely accused of a crime. Read it online at: Unlock.

 

 

PUBLICATION: evaluating an artist in residence

'An evaluation of the artist in residence at HMP Grendon' documents the introduction and work of an artist in residence at HMP Grendon over an eighteen month period. Through observation and interviews with inmates and staff, this report documents the process of establishing this post, reviews the impact of the post on the prisons, and reviews the impact of the post on the wider community. Read the report at: BCU.

 

 

PUBLICATION: the impact on spending cuts on local authorities

'Serving deprived communities in a recession' is a Joseph Rowntree Foundation publication that systematically reviews the real impact of spending cuts on local authorities. It finds that the most deprived local authorities have been hardest hit by the cuts. It also finds conflict within local authorities over whether the needs of vulnerable people should be prioritised. Download it at: JRF.

 

 

VIDEO DOCUMENTARY: creating a socially sustainable society

'Punishment: A Failed Social Experiment' provides a detailed, critical analysis of the current legal and justice system generally whilst also providing potential solutions which work on preventing crime and creating a much more socially sustainable society. The documentary film consists of original interviews with Professor Joe Sim, Dr. David Scott, Dr. Bob Johnson and Mr. Joe Black. Watch it at: YouTube.

 

 

RESOURCE: share good practice

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies have relaunched their free Works for Freedom practitioner website. It is simpler, cleaner and more interactive, placing an emphasis on sharing information on what makes for good practice. Take a look and register your organisation here: www.worksforfreedom.org.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: for young people with a good idea

The Starbucks Youth Action programme inspires and empowers young people to make a difference in their communities. The programme offers £2,000 and training to advise the project manager. So if you know of any young person who has a great idea, encourage them to apply! Applications for the 2012 grant close at 9am on 5 March. Details [Source: WRC].

 

 

VACANCIES IN THE CJS

Vacancies posted this week include a Team Leader for Shelter [Blackburn or Liverpool], Apprentice in Health and Social Care with Foundation [York], Volunteer Bureau Project Manager at pact [Manchester], Volunteering Coordinator at pact [London], and a Back on Track Coordinator for Hestia [Hounslow]. View these and other CJS vacancies at: Clinks Members' vacancies.

 


 

TIPS OF THE WEEK...

TIP OF THE WEEK I: Get a free 7 day pass for Fitness First gyms across the country. Details.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II: O2's giving away 20,000 packs comprising 2 Pieminister pies & 2 Greene King beers including delivery. Details.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III: Download four free audiobooks, worth £10-£20 each. Must be done by Sunday 5th February. Details.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Rome: 3 Nights & Flights from 5 UK Cities for £139pp. Details.

 


 

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03/02/2012

 

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