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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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: newcharities.org.
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.
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: email@example.com.
'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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
'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:
'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.
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.
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.
'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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.