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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 259

CLINKS NEWS: feature in Third Sector Magazine

Clinks' report 'When the dust settles' was the foundation for an article in this week's Third Sector Magazine. The article shows that despite government rhetoric on the role and value of the voluntary sector, ongoing disinvestment is leaving those most in need of services at risk. Our report found that many organisations are experiencing acute demand for services with decreased resources; there is a higher level and more complex types of need in users; the devaluing of services by using volunteers remains a concern; and service users are really suffering as a result. read the full article at: Third Sector Magazine.

CLINKS NEWS: new staff member writes about her introduction to the CJS

Isabel Livingstone, Local Development Officer for the South West, has started a blog about her introduction to Clinks and the VCS working with offenders. Isabel's background is in supporting voluntary organisations, in particular to help them influence government policy or to generally get their voices heard. "I am new to the criminal justice sector though, so I have lots of learning to do over the next few months, and I'm really looking forward to finding out more about both how the criminal justice system works (and doesn't!) and about the fantastic work of voluntary organisations with offenders and their families. One of my particular interests is user-led organisations and service-user involvement. I am looking for opportunities to visit or shadow voluntary organisations working with offenders, so if you're based in the South West and you would be willing to have me pick your brains and see what you do for a few hours, please do get in touch." Isabel's blog also features some resources she's found useful through her induction. Find out more and get in touch at: ClinksNetwork.

CLINKS TRAINING: volunteering with offenders training in London

Does your organisation work with offenders in the community? Would you like to learn how to support and train staff and volunteers working with offenders? If so, Clinks would like to invite you to attend a two-day training course [13th & 14th June, London, from £200] based on our highly successful publication: Volunteering with Offenders in the Community: A Resource Pack. This training is aimed at those responsible for training staff or volunteers. Modules include: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System; Attitudes and values in relation to crime and justice; Handling difficult situations; and Issues affecting offenders. To book your place, visit: Clinks Training.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: encouraging diversity in the judiciary

More women and people from minority backgrounds will be encouraged to become judges under plans announced by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke. Mr Clarke revealed that new laws would be put in place to remove obstacles which can limit diversity in the judiciary. They include changing the rules to extend part-time working patterns for senior judges, intended to help balance work and family lives, and enabling 'positive action' for appointments - meaning that if two candidates are completely equal in their abilities, a selection can be made on the basis of improving diversity. The moves will not change the over-riding principle of appointments based on merit but are intended to enable clear career progression, encourage applications from a wider talent pool and continue to create a judiciary which reflects society. Press release at: MoJ.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Home Office consultation on young people and organised crime

The Home Office have created a working group to investigate the problem of young people being drawn into organised crime and to provide a national and strategic perspective on this issue. The aim of this working group is to inform government policy by developing proposals aimed at preventing young people being drawn into organised crime. The government has committed to this action in its strategy 'Local to global: Reducing the risk from organised crime'. The working group is newly formed and as an early step wish to learn more about the issue and to do this hope to be able to draw together the knowledge and experience of organisations working day-to-day with vulnerable young people. They would really appreciate organisations completing a brief survey by June 11 on this issue at: Home Office.

FUNDING: investment available to enable social enterprises to bid for large contracts

From Monday 21st May 2012, grants between £50,000 and £150,000 will be available on a rolling basis, as part of the £10 million Investment and Contract Readiness Fund, to ambitious social ventures who need at least £500,000 investment, or who want to bid for contracts over £1 million. The grants will enable smaller social enterprises to scale up and bid for public service contracts. It will also mean that they will be in a stronger position to take advantage of the £600 million of new money that Big Society Capital will be investing in the sector over the forthcoming years. Ventures will need to work in partnership with an approved provider to submit an application to the Fund. The approved providers for the programme so far are ClearlySo, Locality, Resonance and Social Finance. Full details at: ICRF.

FUNDING: find newly registered grant making trusts

The Trust List, a new service aimed at small to medium charities, lists new grant making trusts registering with the Charity Commission. Its creator claims "that over 1,000 new Grant Making Trusts register with the Charity Commission each year", many of which go under the radar of professional fundraisers and large organisations. Access to this complied and researched list costs £25 a month (£300 + vat a year). Clinks hasn't looked into this as it just landed on our desks as Light Lunch was published, so any feedback/knowledge about the product is welcome on the Network. Find out more about this product at:

FUNDING: for VCS organisations in Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council have launched the Changing Futures Fund, aimed at providing support to voluntary and community groups in Worcestershire. The Council has four key areas of focus which are: Open for Business, Children and Families, The Environment, and Health and Wellbeing. Find out more and register as an Approved Provider at: WCC.

FUNDING: to work with young people involved in London's gangs

Safer London Foundation is seeking VCS partners with successful experience of work with young people involved in or at risk from gangs, to provide specialist support services for them and their families, as part of the pan London multi agency Safe and Secure Programme. Funding is initially for 1 year to start delivery from July 2012. Closing date for applications is Friday 15th June at 5pm. For more information email:

EVENT: art exhibition for positive parenting

'Art Exhibition for Positive Parenting' is a Spurgeons event [29th May, HMP Wormwood Scrubs, free] which will allow you to come and see the fantastic work on show as the result of artwork made during workshops at Holloway, Pentonville, Wormwood Scrubs and Drake Hall Prisons, as families worked together to explore what positive parenting means to them. To attend, RSVP to

EVENT: community safety network launch in Devon & Cornwall

The Safer Future Communities Network Launch for Devon and Cornwall [11th July, Plymouth, free] will aim to create a network that ensures the local voluntary sector is empowered to influence local community safety policy. "We need to produce a plan to put before the PCC that clearly demonstrates and evidences the value of the VCSE in meeting community safety needs, not least in helping to prevent crime but also to create a network that can have real influence and can focus on future commissioning opportunities. We hope to get 100 delegates, mainly from the VCSE from across the peninsula. There are real opportunities to be capitalised on but only if we develop the strength of the network now. Once the candidates have declared in the September we will host two satellite events, one in Devon and one in Cornwall which will focus much more on commissioning and ask candidates for the PCC to attend to listen to the priorities and answer any concerns of local people and organisations." Book your place now at: Devon Reform.

EVENT: change of date for national IOM conference

Home Office have changed the dates of their national Integrated Offender Management (IOM) conference [3rd & 4th July, Coventry, free]. Bernard Lane of the Home Office said: "We have had to revise the dates for the conference in order to secure the range of speakers that will set the overall context for the event. I am sorry for any inconvenience that this change may cause, particularly if you have already expressed your interest in attending the conference on the previous dates in June. I am afraid this does mean that we must ask all colleagues to re-submit a new booking form, just to be certain about availability on the revised dates." Key themes that will be addressed during the conference include expanding the partnership base for IOM within the context of a changing landscape, which includes significant policing, criminal justice and health reforms. For more information and bookings, visit: Home Office.

EVENT: how to work within the emerging Troubled Families agenda

'Turning Around Troubled Families Affected by Imprisonment; A Fresh Approach to integrated working between prisons and community' is a conference by Pact and The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies [21st June, London, free] that will cover how to work with families of offenders within the emerging troubled families agenda. Every year 200, 000 children experience the imprisonment of a parent, and these children consistently experience poor outcomes. The conference will include lectures and workshops by professionals and academics working in prisons, local authorities and the voluntary sector including: Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons; Louise Casey, Head of Troubled Families Team, DCLG; and Deborah Cowley, CEO Action for Prisoners' Families. The conference will provide delegates with practical examples of how to work in partnership to support these families and improve the outcomes for families who experience imprisonment. For more information and bookings, visit: Pact.

TRAINING: developing theatre and drama work in the criminal justice system

'In Closed Spaces' is a five day intensive training programme [10th - 14th September 2012, Birmingham, £475] for graduate students and other practitioners interested in developing theatre and drama work within the criminal justice system. This course, presented in conjunction with Birmingham School of Acting, offers participants a unique opportunity to learn from the directors of three of the country's leading arts organisations working within the criminal justice sector - Geese Theatre Company, Rideout and TiPP. Between them they bring over sixty year's experience of professional arts-based work within prisons, probation, youth offending teams and forensic mental health settings. Details and bookings at: Rideout.

PERFORMANCE: the trial of Penn & Mead in aid of Prisoners Abroad

Nigel Pascoe QC is performing a re-enactment of the Trial of Penn & Mead in aid of Prisoners Abroad [19th June, London, £12.50]. This compelling one-man-show depicts the trial of two Quakers accused of unlawful assembly, which led to the historic ruling that no jury should be punished on account of the verdict that it returns. Tickets include drink and canapés, and are available at: Prisoners Abroad.

PERFORMANCE: concert in aid of Prisoners' Families and Friends Service

International prize-winning pianist, Cliodna Shanahan will perform at the annual gala concert in aid of Prisoners' Families and Friends Service [27th June, London SE1, £20]. Cliodna will be joined by other musicians for an evening of popular music by Mozart, Schubert, Moskowski and others. Tickets include wine and canapés, and are available at: PFFS.

PUBLICATION: creating a strategic vision for the Magistrates' Association

'Active, Accessible, Engaged - The Magistracy in the 21st Century' is a new report from the Magistrates' Association which sought the perceptions and attitudes of others in the criminal justice system and members of the public to create a strategic vision for its future. The report concludes that the magistracy must be a foundation of a community focussed justice system. People expect to be able to see justice being done in their name, in their communities, with consistency and fairness, and more focused on the needs of victims. Read the report at: Magistrates Association.

PUBLICATION: new report on the transition to adulthood in the CJS

'Pathways from Crime' is a new report from T2A Alliance that provides an overview of what change can be created for young adults across different points in the Criminal Justice System without the need for legislative change. It identifies 10 points in the criminal justice process where a more rigorous and effective approach can be taken to working with young adults (16-24). Each point includes a practical recommendation which the T2A alliance will be actively promoting both locally and nationally. Download the report at: T2A.

PUBLICATION: latest Inside 'n' Out published

The latest Inside 'n' Out is out now, themed around Education, Training & Employment features include: Timpson's Academy, Changing Paths, HMP Leeds' Governor Paul Baker, and recycling unwanted household equipment. Download it at: Inside 'n' Out.

RESOURCE: presentations from last week's TSRC event

Last week Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) held and event in London that brought together criminal justice staff, policy makers, third sector groups and others to discuss the findings of their two-year research into the role and impact of the third sector in the criminal justice system. The presentations from that event are now available online and free of charge at: TSRC.

CONSULTATION: engaging and informing London's diverse communities on restorative justice

Belong London, a crime reduction charity, is leading a London wide consultation to focus on informing members of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) communities in London about how restorative justice is being used and developed in the criminal justice system. The consultation will engage members of BAMER communities in London via radio, the press, events, social media and the web to ask for their views and suggestions. To take part in the consultation or find out more information, fill out a 5 minute survey at Belong London.

CAMPAIGN: Prisoners' children

One out of every 100 children in the EU has a parent in prison. They frequently confront stigma and social isolation and can experience developmental difficulties as a result of being separated from their parents. To many outsiders, a child with a parent in prison is associated with the parent's crime. The European Network for Children with Imprisoned Parents (EUROCHIPS) aims to spread international awareness about this vulnerable group of children and their specific set of challenges. Support the cause by signing an e-petition at: EUROCHIPS.


Vacancies posted this week include a Chair of Trustees with Yorkshire and Humberside Circles of Support and Accountability [York], an Economics researcher (criminal justice & health) for Revolving Doors Agency [London], a Key Worker at Together Women Project [Sheffield], Assistant Youth Programmes Manager - North at User Voice [Yorkshire, North West and North East], and young trustees of Trailblazers Mentoring [London]. View these and other CJS vacancies at: Clinks Members' vacancies.


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