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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 190



CLINKS MEMBERS OFFER: Employing offenders conference tickets. 1

CLINKS DISCUSSION PAPERS: Big Society and Localism.. 2

CLINKS TRAINING: Volunteering in Prison. 2

CLINKS NEWS: latest Equality Ebulletin published. 2

CLINKS RESPONSE: to the Comprehensive Spending Review.. 2

CLINKS RESEARCH REPORTS: Reducing reoffending in London. 2

CLINKS SURVEY: on actual or anticipated funding cuts. 2

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Survey of Probation Chiefs. 2

GOVERNMENT NEWS: Local Enterprise Partnerships – consultation period closed. 3

GOVERNMENT NEWS: Regional Growth Fund. 3

FUNDING: for various community projects in Liverpool 3

EVENT: roundtable on public perceptions of the CJS. 3

CAMPAIGN: mental health social experiment 3

CAMPAIGN: reform the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 3

RESOURCE: topical research. 4

RESOURCE: planning for the worst case scenario. 4

OPPORTUNITY: to document a family journey to prison. 4

OPPORTUNITY: to share good practice in young people’s health. 4

OPPORTUNITY: to showcase your resettlement services. 4

MEMBER REQUEST: new premises required in London. 4





Clinks has managed to get 50% off tickets to this year’s Criminal Justice Matters conference [6th October, London, £125 offer price]. With representations from the Home Office, NPIA, Ministry of Justice, The Probation Association, and Criminal Justice Board, this is one of the leading events for those involved in criminal justice policy. This year’s conference delicately balances the diverse yet agenda-pressing initiatives, which will transform the criminal justice system into an effective and efficient service. To attend at the half price rate, you will need to quote ‘Clinks Light Lunch’ when emailing


CLINKS MEMBERS OFFER: Employing offenders conference tickets

Clinks has also been able to secure ten free places for the 5th annual ‘Successful employment and resettlement of ex-offenders’ conference [18th November, London]. Attend this conference to share best practice and consider recent policy developments and effective programmes that are in place to deliver services to support the resettlement of ex-offenders. Invited speakers include Ken Clarke, Michael Spurr, Prof. Paul Senior, Paul McDowell, and Jonathan Aitken. These places are only available to Clinks members. To apply for a place, check if you’re a Clinks member here, then email your membership number to Joe Gardham


CLINKS DISCUSSION PAPERS: Big Society and Localism

This series of Clinks discussion papers aims to inform Clinks Members and to stimulate debate of the issues that are expected to feature heavily in the new coalition Government’s rehabilitation Green Paper, due for publication in November 2010. 'Localising Justice' discusses some of the issues that may support or hinder the Government’s vision of an increased role for the VCS in the design and delivery of local criminal justice services. 'Big Society' looks at the opportunities and risks for the VCS working with offenders, in particular the position of marginalised groups and the value of the VCS in responding to these individuals. Read them at: Clinks Discussion Papers


CLINKS TRAINING: Volunteering in Prison

Does your organisation work with offenders? Do you have staff or volunteers who go into prisons? Would you like the opportunity to learn how to support and train staff and volunteers working with offenders? Volunteering in Prison is a one day training course [24th November, London, £110 Clinks Members] aimed at those who provide rehabilitation services in prison, or support staff or volunteers who do. Book your place at: Clinks Training


CLINKS NEWS: latest Equality Ebulletin published

The latest Equality Ebulletin from our Tackling Race Inequalities work has been published, featuring a news round-up of developments in the Sector, useful resources for organisations working with BAME groups, a preview of our research report due later this year, and some funding opportunities. Find out more at Clinks ebulletins


CLINKS RESPONSE: to the Comprehensive Spending Review

Clinks is pleased to contribute to the Spending Review.  We welcome and endorse the government’s commitment to assess ‘how’ public money is spent rather than ‘how much’ is spent on public services, especially in the Criminal Justice System. As the organisation that supports VCS organisations that work with offenders and their families, we are encouraged that the future focus will be on radical and innovative ways to deliver services more effectively. The VCS has a track record in pioneering approaches to tackle difficult social problems in new ways. Read our full response at: Clinks Responses


CLINKS RESEARCH REPORTS: Reducing reoffending in London

We have published two new research reports this week. ‘Reducing reoffending in seven London boroughs’ reviews work being undertaken to reduce re-offending by organisations other than criminal justice agencies in seven London boroughs with high numbers of people sent to prison; whilst ‘Working together’ aims to assist London prisons and voluntary, faith and community sector (VCS) organisations delivering, or wanting to deliver, services within them to work more effectively together.


CLINKS SURVEY: on actual or anticipated funding cuts

Although it’s early days in the formation of coalition policy, Clinks would be interested in hearing from any organisations that have already experienced or anticipate funding cuts. Please send any responses to


CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Survey of Probation Chiefs

75% of probation chiefs surveyed believe that 'neither prisons nor probation have the capacity to keep up with the current levels of offenders entering the system'. In a Channel 4 survey of 20 Probation chiefs most agreed that resources have been spread too thinly, there is universal agreement that the current commissioning system isn’t working and nearly half admitted that they were not able to offer the full range of community orders they are supposed to. Read the full findings at: Channel 4


GOVERNMENT NEWS: Local Enterprise Partnerships – consultation period closed

Local Enterprise Partnerships, announced earlier this year as the replacement of the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) are intended to promote the economic development of local economic areas and bring together both councils and business on an equal footing. Following a three month consultation, the Government has confirmed it's received 56 applications from across England. Clinks Light Lunch will continue to report as details emerge.


GOVERNMENT NEWS: Regional Growth Fund

This month has also seen the closing date for the consultation on the Regional Growth Fund. Announced in the Budget, the £1 billion fund will provide support for projects that offer significant potential for sustainable economic growth and the creation of new private sector jobs. Proposals for funding will be sought from private organisations and public-private partnerships, with Local Enterprise Partnerships having a key role to play in coordinating bids across areas and communities. Around 350 responses to the consultation have been received from a range of organisations, setting out their views on how the Fund can be designed to best meet the needs of local areas and communities. Again, Clinks Light Lunch will continue to report as details emerge.


FUNDING: for various community projects in Liverpool

Grants of between £7,000 and £230,000 per annum are available through the Liverpool City Council Community Resources Unit Grant Funding Programme 2011/12. Funding can be used for providing free legal advice services, support victims of domestic violence, challenging discrimination and inequality, and capacity building the VCS. Applicants should be constituted not-for-profit voluntary and community organisations that are independent of the statutory and private sector. The deadline for receipt of applications is 14th October 2010 at: Liverpool City Council


EVENT: roundtable on public perceptions of the CJS

The new Government has signalled its intention to ensure that all public services, including the criminal justice system, are more accountable to the public and better deliver on the public's priorities. In this context, the Criminal Justice Alliance is organising a roundtable seminar [17th September, London, 10.30am-1pm] for its members and invited guests to examine the public's current views of the criminal justice system, what the public would like the criminal justice system to achieve, and what changes to the criminal justice system the public would support. To attend email


CAMPAIGN: mental health social experiment

Time for Changes new campaign features the results of a social experiment in which people with mental health problems placed ads on dating and flatshare websites. They wanted to find out how the response rates to their ads varied depending on whether they revealed their mental health problem or not. The personal nature of the experiment gets people thinking. Would they date someone with a mental health problem? Why? Why not? The campaign launches on Wednesday 15th September, so there’s nothing online yet. Take a look next week at: Time to Change


CAMPAIGN: reform the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

In a survey commissioned for Nacro's Change the Record campaign, 61% of people said having a criminal record would be most embarrassing thing to have to tell their employers. The campaign calls for the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 to be reformed and for disclosure periods to be shortened. At the time of writing there were just over 140 signatures. It takes about 20 seconds to add your support at: Change the Record


RESOURCE: topical research

Every day an eminent writer, thinker, commentator, politician, academic chooses five books on their specialist subject. Included on the site is a section on Society, Law & Religion which includes selections on crime and punishment, equality issues and drug addiction. Relatively new site, but could become very useful as more content is added


RESOURCE: planning for the worst case scenario

Knowhow Nonprofit held a round table recently to discuss planning for the worst case scenario. After 15 years of unprecedented growth, the voluntary sector now faces potentially devastating cuts. But is it all bad news? Is the sector sharing the doom and gloom being spread by the media, and what plans should forward-thinking organisations be making to best manage in a worst-case scenario? You can read the notes and listen to the podcast as ten Sector leaders discuss this at: Knowhow Nonprofit


OPPORTUNITY: to document a family journey to prison

The BBC Documentaries unit is making a 60-minute film for BBC2 about British families this summer. The film will be a snapshot of a number of families going on car journeys of an hour or more between July and September. They would like to film a family going to visit a family member in prison over the next couple of weeks, or to collect a family member who is being released from prison this month. If you would like to find out more about the documentary (with no commitment necessarily to taking part) or know of a suitable family to be involved, email Marco Crivellari


OPPORTUNITY: to share good practice in young people’s health

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is calling for examples of good and promising practice that supports service transitions for young people with psychological, emotional or behavioural problems. The call for practice covers work with all young people aged 14-25 with psychological, emotional or behavioural problems who have need for a transition to adult mental health services or alternative support in young adulthood to meet their mental health needs. This is your chance to inform future guidance in this area, share good practice and support the development of a range of tools to support commissioners, managers and practitioners. Get involved at: SCIE


OPPORTUNITY: to showcase your resettlement services

‘Back to Their Future’ is HMYOI Portland's Resettlement Road Show [12th October, HMYOI Portland, Free]. Portland YOI accommodates some 500 young male offenders aged 18-21 who come from London and the southern and south western counties of the UK.  These Road Shows have been very well supported previously. Their purpose is to inspire and enlighten young prisoners and enable as many as possible to obtain any Resettlement related information, advice and guidance to help them ensure that their return to the community is successful. To attend and have a stand, contact Sam Cowley


MEMBER REQUEST: new premises required in London

Do you have space to let or know anyone who does?  Women in Prison are looking for new premises in central London.  They would like their own premises or to share with other women’s organisations and are looking for somewhere with desk space for 19, a training space and at least 2 meeting rooms. If you know of somewhere suitable please contact Rachel on 020 7841 4760



New vacancies this week include a Sales & Marketing Executive at Fine Cell Work (London) and a Housing Worker at St Giles Trust (Camberwell, SE London). View all at: CJS Vacancies




TIP OF THE WEEK I: The taste card gives holders 50% off at over 2,500 restaurants across the country including chains like Pizza Expres, La Tasca and Strada. It usually costs £70 a year, but is available for free for three months. You have to sign up before midnight tonight (10th September) to get one at:


TIP OF THE WEEK II:Get seven free audiobooks from the Guardian and Observer, including Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Down and Out in Paris and London. visit: MSE


TIP OF THE WEEK III: Get a full consumer guide to the current underpaid tax issue at: MSE


TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Get 2 x £2.50 vouchers to spend on household products when you spend £10 on household products in store at Sainsbury's supermarkets (not locals). The offer runs till Tues 28 Sept, and the vouchers are valid till Tues 12 Oct.


TIP OF THE WEEK V: Get a free kid’s seed planting kit from the Woodland Trust and a free kitchen bag-for-life when you register at: The Ideas Kitchen


TIP OF THE WEEK VI: Covent Garden's iconic Royal Opera House is offering Orchestra Stalls seats for the famous comic opera, "Don Pasquale", plus a free glass of champagne, for £68.75 per person – a 45% saving. This offer is valid for performances on 12, 14 and 16 September. Book at: Royal Opera House

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