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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 195

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

 

CLINKS VACANCY: database and events administrator

CLINKS TRAINING: Volunteering in Prison

CLINKS DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Clinks AGM 2011

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: update on Green Paper

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: new community champion

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: first drug and alcohol court opened

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new Shadow Cabinet

FUNDING: for organisations in South Manchester

FUNDING: for children in hospital

FUNDING: new regional funds for small organisations

CAMPAIGN: supporting investment in mentoring

EVENT: misunderstood youth

EVENT: screening of prison film

EVENT: working with difficult groups in custody

PUBLICATION: comparing international youth justice

PUBLICATION: abandoning young people in prison

PUBLICATION: on Total Place

RESOURCE: victims and witnesses with mental distress

RESOURCE: supporting LBT women

RESOURCE: challenging a funding cut

OPPORTUNITY: office furniture available

CLINKS MEMBERS VACANCIES

TIPS OF THE WEEK...

EXTRA Information...

 

 

 

 

CLINKS VACANCY: database and events administrator

Based in London, this role involves maintaining our databases, providing administration for our events, and looking after our members. It is a part time role, with a fixed contract until March 2011. We hope to continue the role after that date, subject to funding. The deadline for applications is 1st November, with interviews held in London on 10th November. Find out more and apply at: Work for Clinks

 

 

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 DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Clinks AGM 2011

Remember to mark your diary with the date of our AGM - Central London on Thursday 20th January. Further details will be announced soon.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: update on Green Paper

Minutes from last week’s Napo AGM have been published. Napo is the trade union for court and probation staff, and their General Secretary, Jonathan Ledger, spoke openly and frankly about the current and future state of the country, warning “Justice is not a commodity” in response to plans to put to tender parts of the Probation Service. He told the audience they “face an unprecedented set of circumstances in the coming months with the promise of cuts to public services, which, along with the spectre of privatisation, could destroy cherished and vital institutions. As Napo members, these cuts directly threaten the future of probation and family court work”. Read the full minutes and a number of interesting speeches at: Napo

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: new community champion

The Home Office reported last week that Baroness Newlove has been appointed government champion for active, safer communities. Helen Newlove will spend six months travelling the country to find out what challenges communities face before making recommendations to government. Unfortunately, the Home Office doesn’t say where she’ll be visiting or how you can be involved, but Light Lunch will bring you news as it develops. Read the press release

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: first drug and alcohol court opened

Camden, Islington and Westminster councils have teamed up to launch the UK’s first drug and alcohol court, which aims to tackle substance misuse so that children can remain or return home. Based on a US model, the courts have been proven to enable more children in care to return home because their parents have engaged with substance misuse services. Find out more at: http://www.camden.gov.uk/

 

 

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new Shadow Cabinet

Here’s a listing of who’s who in Ed Milliband’s new Shadow Cabinet - openDemocracy.net

 

 

FUNDING: for organisations in South Manchester

The Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund makes grant awards to support eligible charitable projects that have a community, social or environmental focus, based within an area of benefit local to the airport. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for a diverse range of projects ranging from renovated community halls to equipment for youth groups. Applications are welcome from organisations that are able to demonstrate clear banking or financial records, or a new group able to offer an outline of proposed accounts. All applications must be from within the area of benefit local to Manchester Airport, and the local authorities of Stockport, Manchester, Trafford, Tameside, Cheshire East and Cheshire West Council. The deadline for receipt of applications is 3rd December at: MACTF

 

 

FUNDING: for children in hospital

The Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation raises money to improve the quality of life for children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK. Grants are available for projects which are not directly funded by the NHS and enrich and enhance the lives of patients in hospitals and hospices in regional centres across the country. Applications are welcomed from registered charities in the UK and preference will be given to projects conceived by and in children's hospitals and hospices. The deadline for applications is 3 December 2010 at: Wallace & Gromit Foundation

 

 

FUNDING: new regional funds for small organisations

The People's Postcode Trust has announced a new round of funding for organisations in Yorkshire & the Humber, the North, Liverpool & Merseyside and the Midlands. The Trust aims to make Great Britain a better place for both people and nature and by supporting projects which operate within the following six fields of operation: Poverty Prevention, Advancement of Health, Community development, Public Sports, Human Rights, or Environmental Protection. Non-registered charities can apply for up to £2,000, whilst registered charities can apply for up to £10,000. The deadline is 10th November at: http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/

 

 

CAMPAIGN: supporting investment in mentoring

'Supporting Life’s Journeys' is a campaign to highlight the benefits of mentoring and befriending as part of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.  Supporting Life’s Journeys aims to unite every supporter of mentoring and befriending behind a common purpose to communicate the value of mentoring and befriending to funders and encourage continued investment in these vital services. It takes less than 30 seconds to sign up at: http://www.supportinglifesjourneys.org

 

 

EVENT: misunderstood youth

St Leonard is the patron saint of prisoners, and his day falls on 6th November.  This year St Leonard's Church, Streatham, is marking the occasion by a special service at which Dame Anne Owers will be the speaker. Before and after the service, which starts at 6.30pm, there will be a display from organisations concerned with prisons. All are welcome to attend, simply turn up, or for more details contact RectorStLeonards@btinternet.com

 

 

EVENT: screening of prison film

This Prison Where I Live is a feature length documentary about two comedians. Maung Thura, better known as Zarganar, is Burma's greatest living comic. Relentlessly victimised by the Burmese military junta, he is now in prison.  Michael Mittermeier, in stark contrast, is free to practise his art of humour and provocation as one of Germany's leading stand up comedians.  British documentary filmmaker, Rex Bloomstein and Mittermeier travelled secretly to Burma to make a film about Zarganar, who describes himself as the "loudspeaker" for the Burmese people, and to investigate humour under dictatorship. Screenings are in London, 2nd November and Manchester, 10th December. More details at: http://thisprisonwhereilive.co.uk/

 

 

EVENT: working with difficult groups in custody

Rideout is hosting a workshop sharing their creative practices [20th & 21st October, Birmingham, from £30]. The workshops will feature sessions on the role of prison design in rehabilitation, discovering personal potential, making films in prison, and how to invent exercises and games for difficult groups. Two free places are available on application to ex-offenders or others without funds. For all enquiries and bookings, contact Tim at Rideout

 

 

PUBLICATION: comparing international youth justice

'Young Adults and Criminal Justice: International Norms and Practices' is a new publication from T2A, that describes different arrangements in a number of countries for dealing with young adults in conflict with the law. It presents good practice and how lessons could be applied to England. Download it at: T2A

 

 

PUBLICATION: abandoning young people in prison

'Access to Justice Denied' is a new report published by the Howard League for Penal Reform that finds young adults aged between 18 and 21 in prison are an abandoned generation and reveals considerable unmet legal need and a lack of awareness of rights. Download it at: Howard League

 

 

PUBLICATION: on Total Place

Birmingham City Council’s community-led early intervention programmes show local authorities how to deliver cheaper and “radically better” services, according to thinktank Localis. The Aquarius project, which helps individuals suffering from alcohol and substance abuse on a face-to-face level, was found to have reduced alcohol-related antisocial behaviour by 54%.  The report called on the government to implement place-based budgeting and for councils to share expertise in early intervention programmes. A good example of Total Place, download at: Localis

 

 

RESOURCE: victims and witnesses with mental distress

'Achieving access to justice for victims and witnesses with mental distress' is a new mental health toolkit from Mind, aimed at prosecutors and independent barristers who handle cases involving victims and witnesses with mental distress. Victims and witnesses with mental distress are too often denied access to justice, because their evidence is deemed 'unreliable' due to their mental health problem. Find out more at: Mind

 

 

RESOURCE: supporting LBT women

'In All Our Colours: Lesbian, bisexual and trans women's services in the UK' highlights the key issues affecting different groups of lesbian, bisexual and trans (LBT) women as well as providing a picture of the sector that supports these women, what services are available and what threats these services face. The report can be used as a lobbying tool for LGB&T organisations and women’s projects as it brings together research and information showing the need for these services. The online briefings can also be used as a directory for referrals to appropriate services and so can be a useful tool for women’s organisations and other agencies who are supporting lesbian, bisexual and trans women. Details at: Women's Resource Centre

 

 

RESOURCE: challenging a funding cut

NAVCA has recently updated its guide for voluntary and community organisations who want to challenge a cut to their funding. The guide covers ‘Challenging the decision’ and ‘Campaigning to change the decision’. Download the guidance at: NAVCA

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: office furniture available

London Probation Trust is moving its HQ and has a surplus of furniture, which will be released in two lots.  Lot One contains about 11 desks, chairs and associated bookcases, cupboards and filing cabinets. The much larger Lot Two contains about 70 of the same. The first lot needs moving by 15th November, and the latter by 22nd November. The Trust is inviting offers, with extra consideration given to worthy causes. For further details, an inventory or to arrange a site visit please contact Richard Barrett

 

 

CLINKS MEMBERS VACANCIES

Circles UK are seeking a Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Coordinator to recruit, train and manage volunteers to work with former offenders. Details at Clinks

 

 

TIPS OF THE WEEK…

 

TIP OF THE WEEK I: New subscribers to the H&M newsletter can get 25% off at its new online shop. It's only off one item, so make sure it's the most expensive one at http://shop.hm.com/gb/fashionnews

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II:Get up to 70% off in the mid-season sale online and in store at Past Times, which retails historically inspired merchandise including books, jewellery and gifts. http://www.pasttimes.com/page/home/

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III: Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa in Merseyside is offering a special overnight package for £75 per person, per night. The package includes full English breakfast, 3 course dinner, 30 minute spa treatment or 18 holes of golf, room upgrade and £25 spa product gift. Booking details at: Travelzoo

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV: The Britannia Royal Court in Coventry is offering a nightly rate of £39 per person that includes breakfast, 3 course dinner, bottle of champagne and room upgrade. Book now at: Britannia Hotels

 

TIP OF THE WEEK V: The 4-star Hilton Newbury Centre is offering a 2-night weekend break for £69 per person which includes two nights’ accommodation, 3 course dinner on first night, full English breakfast both mornings, free bottle of wine, chocolates and strawberries in room. Enter the promotion code 'PR22TZ' when booking at: Hilton

 

 

 

Date Published:

15/10/2010

 

Source:

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