IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH...
CLINKS CONSULTATION: VCS working in prisons
CLINKS EVENT: visit a successful enterprise
CLINKS LEADERSHIP SEMINARS: representation and voice for chief executives and senior managers
CLINKS TRAINING: volunteering in prisons and in the community
CLINKS EVENT: regional events to prepare for Police and Crime Commissioners
CLINKS MEMBERS OFFER: free consultancy for small organisations
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: prison re-role
COMMISSIONING: attendance centre in the East of England
FUNDING: young people's advocates
EVENT: Prison Fellowship annual conference
EVENT: free places to offender health conference
EVENT: understanding emerging health and social care structures
EVENT: bringing your prison play area to life
PUBLICATION: BME overrepresentation in the Criminal Justice System
PUBLICATION: the hidden costs of mental health treatment
PUBLICATION: on foreign national prisoners
PUBLICATION: latest offender magazine published
PUBLICATION: the impact of parental imprisonment
OPPORTUNITY: Management Committee members needed
VACANCIES IN THE CJS
TIPS OF THE WEEK...
Clinks is conducting a short survey for VCS organisations working in prisons. We want to better understand formal working arrangements, how projects link with prison staff and the effects of cuts. This survey will help give a picture of the current situation of the VCS working in prisons. Deadline is 31st March 2012, have your say here.
Clinks and Locality are offering Clinks member organisations (or organisations that want to become Clinks members) the opportunity to visit the Clink restaurant and Fine Cell Work as the first in a series of 'Learn to earn' visits [5th March, HMP High Down, free]. 'Learn to earn' visits provide the opportunity to learn first hand from criminal justice organisations with a track record in earning income. Visits enable you to hear first-hand the stories of those who have successfully earned income, to have a guided tour of the enterprise and get a 'feel for the organisation and how it developed, ask the questions you need to ask, and meet like-minded people and discuss routes to financial self-sufficiency. For more information, or to request a booking form, email Helen Coombe.
Clinks is running a series of seminars exclusively for our Members on representation and voice[1stMarch, London; 23rdMarch, Leeds and 19thApril, Manchester; £20 each]. They are aimed at helping senior managers develop their skills to enable their organisations to take on local facilitation and leadership roles within the context of a changing policy environment. The first seminar on Representation [1st March, London] will be led by Clive Martin, Director of Clinks and Vicki Helyar-Cardwell, Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance. The event will explore how you capture the views of those you represent and how you represent those wide and diverse views fairly. Places are strictly limited to 25 so early booking is advisable. To book (£20 per event), please e-mail Jean Coates.
Clinks are running our two popular training courses again in the New Year. 'Volunteering in Prison'[29th February, Manchester, from £110] is aimed at those responsible for training staff or volunteers in prison, and includes an introduction to volunteering, how prisons work, attitudes to crime and justice, handling difficult situations and some resources for supporting offenders. Recommended for prison resettlement staff and volunteer managers. 'Volunteering with offenders in the community' [26th & 27th March, London, from £200] explores issues around volunteering in community settings. Full details and bookings at: Clinks.
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: 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' 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.
NOMS have written to stakeholders this week to inform them that HMP Huntercombe will become a dedicated Foreign National Offender (FNO) only establishment while still retaining its status as a Category C adult male training prison: "Work to implement this change will start immediately and planning is underway to identify suitable alternative locations for British prisoners held at Huntercombe. Holding prisoners close to their home locations will be an important consideration in planning these transfers, however other individual needs, such as access to particular resources to meet rehabilitation and other sentence planning needs, as well as the availability of space in the estate will also be factors."
Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Trust are advertising for the running of an Attendance Centre for offenders in the region. The Attendance Centre will combine the existing Centre in Norwich and the one at HMP Hollesley Bay. The deadline for the one year contract is 29th February, with an expected contract commencement date of 1st April. Download the full specification at: NSPT.
Organisations are invited to bid for funding to recruit up to 13 new Young People's Advocates who will provide direct and dedicated support to young people who are victims of, or at risk from, sexual violence and exploitation. Grants of up to £30,000 per year, for the three years between April 2012 and March 2015, are available to fund the salary costs of the Young People's Advocate post. Any organisation in England and Wales with a track record of working and engaging with young people; working with victims of sexual violence and/or sexual exploitation; or working with street gangs is eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is 12th March 2012 (midday). Full details at: Home Office.
'Be strong and courageous - making extraordinary things happen' is the theme for Prison Fellowhip's 2012 conference [9th - 11th March, Swanwick, Derbyshire, £150]. The weekend promises to be full of inspiring testimonies, offers the chance to share with Chaplains, Governors and volunteers, and take part in a variety of workshops. Full details and bookings at: Prison Fellowship.
Light Lunch readers can now get sponsored places to 'Reforms in Offender Health Management: Equipping your organisation to navigate the changes' [27th February, Birmingham, free]. This event aims to give you all the information, guidance and inside knowledge you need to equip your organisation to deliver your offender services in a time of transition. To apply for a sponsored place, download a unique booking form at: Clinks.
'Get up to speed on emerging health structures' is a Department of Health learning event [12th March, London, free]on Health and Wellbeing Boards, JSNA, HealthWatch and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies. The landscape of health and social care services in this country is changing. With the move to make services more localised, the voluntary sector has a particular role in influencing priorities and spending for health and social care services. This event will look at the emerging structures and inform the sector on how they will work and operate. There will also be an opportunity to hear case studies of how these structures are already working, alongside studies of how some of them aren't, and there will be plenty of question and answer sessions with policy leads from the Department. To book your place, email email@example.com.
Pact's Kids VIP team will be running 'Bringing your Prison Play Area to Life' Forums [8th May, Bristol, free]. If you'd like to attend this forum please send an email detailing your name, what prison/organisation you're from and how many are coming in your party to Michela Preddie.
'Criminal Justice v Racial Justice: Minority ethnic overrepresentation in the criminal justice system' is a Runnymede Trust essay collection that argues now is the time for a new approach to tackle race inequalities in the Criminal Justice System. The overall theme of the collection is that whilst tackling institutional and individual racism should still be a priority, it is crucial that wider inequalities in employment, pay, education and housing are tackled in order to reduce the numbers of black and minority ethnic people (BME) in the Criminal Justice System. Free registration required to download it at: Runnymede Trust.
'Long-term conditions and mental health: the cost of co-morbidities' is the latest report from Centre for Mental Health which concludes that the additional cost of treating long term conditions for those with depression and other mental health problems is between £8-£13 billion a year. This additional cost can be attributed to the extra difficulties in treating physical illness among patients with mental health problems, including poorer self-management. However, the cost is not just a financial one. Patients with a long-term condition and co-existing mental health issue face poorer clinical outcomes and a significantly lower quality of life than people with a physical health problem alone. You can watch Sean Duggan, Centre for Mental Health chief executive, talking about some of the key findings on YouTube or download the report.
'Foreign national prisoners - All you need to know' is a report by Detention Advice Service (DAS) that includes information on the Criminal Casework Directorate (CCD) of the UK Border Agency; repatriation (including the EU Prisoner Transfer Agreement, which came into force in December 2011); the Facilitated Return Scheme (FRS); the needs of foreign national prisoners; the role of the foreign national co-ordinator; and victims of trafficking in custody. Download the report at: DAS.
The latest Insider Access - written, edited and published by offenders in prison and ex-offenders in the community - has been published, and includes The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, The Bees Are Not Buzzing, How to make easy valentines truffles and much more. Download it at: http://www.insider-access.org/.
The University of Cambridge in association with Action for Prisoners' Families have published research that finds parental imprisonment can be linked to an increased risk of children's anti-social behaviour. Using data from the Pittsburgh Youth Study (United States), a longitudinal study of 1,009 boys, researchers examined changes in the boys' behaviours and relationships with friends and family before and after their parents were imprisoned. The study found that while the boys did not develop problem behaviours as a result of parental arrest and conviction, the frequency of stealing increased following parental imprisonment, even accounting for risk factors that were present before the imprisonment. Download the report at: APF.
The Detention Advice Service (DAS) is a registered charity providing immigration advice, information and support to foreign national prisoners and Immigration Act detainees. DAS currently works directly in 14 prisons across London and the south of England, and provides advice via phone and post to prisoners and detainees held in sites it does not visit. DAS is seeking to appoint new members to its Management Committee, and would be particularly pleased to hear from individuals who have a background in working in prisons, as well as those who have experience in policy development, campaigning, and fundraising. If you are interested in joining the Management Committee, which meets six times a year, please contact Nigel Caleb, DAS Co-ordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 0207 254 6888.
Vacancies posted this week include a Student Support Worker for Clean Break [North London], an Integrated Family Support Worker with pact [HMP Cardiff], trustees for Work This Way [West Sussex], and 2 x Job Deal Case Workers for St Giles Trust [HMP Rochester, Isle of Sheppey cluster, Maidstone ]. View these and other CJS vacancies at: Clinks Members' vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I: Get a free eye test at Optical Express. Details.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: 2for1 and other deals on zoos across England. Details.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: Get 30% off and free full-size vanilla body butter at Body Shop by entering the code 'VCFREE' at checkout.
TIP OF THE WEEK IV: 'Chef of the Year' Luxury Dinner at 5-star Royal Garden hotel [Kensington] for two is £59. Details.