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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 196

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

 

LIGHT LUNCH NOTICE

CLINKS VACANCY: database and events administrator

CLINKS EVENT: research into BME offender resettlement

CLINKS PUBLICATION: report from the Big Judges seminar

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: the future of the Youth Justice Board

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: message from the MoJ

GOVERNMENT NEWS: summary of reaction to the Spending Review

GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION: support for the VCS

FUNDING: to work for a charity

FUNDING: for social enterprises

FUNDING: for small organisations in Lichfield

FUNDING: for community radio

EVENT: Big Night Out

EVENT: Art auction

EVENT: prisoners’ families policy

EVENT: birthday celebration

EVENT: on penal reform

EVENT: celebrating prison radio

TRAINING: leading change

PUBLICATION: cost of mental ill health

POEM: from Arts Alliance conference

OPPORTUNITY: become a trustee

OPPORTUNITY: for less confident readers

TIPS OF THE WEEK…

 

 

LIGHT LUNCH NOTICE

Due to server issues, a small number of readers reported not being able to access the links in last week’s edition. Please do alert us to any issues with receiving your weekly Light Lunch, and remember it’s available to view online and download each week at: Light Lunch

 

 

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 EVENT: research into BME offender resettlement

Clinks commissioned research from the London School of Economics and the Prison Reform Trust to enable us to gain a better understanding of Black and Minority Ethnic offenders’ experiences of key resettlement service areas and to make recommendations to improve access and outcomes for BAME offenders. The research report will be launched [14th December, London, Free].To attend email info@clinks.org

 

 

CLINKS PUBLICATION: report from the Big Judges seminar

Clinks convened a seminar of European practitioners involved in the ESF Big Judges project. One of the key questions was whether sentencers were solely concerned with the delivery of judicial sanctions or were there broader concerns about the welfare of defendants, and indeed the enhanced engagement of the community, that could be incorporated in their role? Related to this was the role of public sector agencies and voluntary sector organisations in providing services to meet the needs of offenders appearing in problem-solving courts. Download the Seminar Report and the Member's Briefing at: Clinks Publications

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: the future of the Youth Justice Board

The Youth Justice Board will no longer exist as a public body, under plans announced late last week by the Ministry of Justice. Helen Edwards, Director General of Justice Policy Group, said “The main functions of the Youth Justice Board will remain – overseeing local Youth Offending Teams, disseminating effective practice, commissioning a distinct secure estate and placing young people in custody.  These functions will be undertaken by the Ministry of Justice and over the coming months we will work closely with the Youth Justice Board to ensure a smooth transition to a new structure within MoJ. In the meantime, the Youth Justice Board will continue to carry out its functions across the secure estate and in overseeing Youth Offending Teams. Read the MoJ press release here, and Francis Done’s (chair of YJB) response here 

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: message from the MoJ

The Voluntary Sector & Social Enterprise Team at the Ministry of Justice have asked Clinks to circulate the following message: "The Ministry of Justice will continue to engage stakeholders, including those from the voluntary sector, as we make the tough decisions necessary to cut costs whilst bringing forward radical, reforming proposals which will punish and rehabilitate offenders more effectively." Clinks will continue to keep you informed of relevant decisions and developments affecting the Sector's work in the Criminal Justice System.

 

 

GOVERNMENT NEWS: summary of reaction to the Spending Review

Following Wednesday’s Spending Review, a number of commentators have published their views on the impact on the Sector and the Criminal Justice System. Here’s a small selection: NCVO, ACEVO, Richard Garside, Frances Crook, New Philanthropy Capital. And here’s the official document 

 

 

GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION: support for the VCS

The Office for Civil Society has indicated that it hopes to invest in a new infrastructure programme for the voluntary sector, and has launched a consultation that asks charities and social enterprises how they would like the government to support them. Have your say at: Cabinet Office

 

 

FUNDING: to work for a charity

The Vodafone World of Difference programme is open for applications from people across the UK to work for a charity of their choice for two months and get paid for it. The Vodafone Foundation will give your organisation a total of £2,750 for the two months to cover wages and expenses. There are 500 places available and the deadline for applications is 23rd November. Find out more and apply at http://worldofdifference.vodafone.co.uk

 

 

FUNDING: for social enterprises

Guinness Fund has started inviting applications for funding for innovative new ideas for social enterprises. The brewer has announced it will increase its commitment to the Arthur Guinness Fund to €7.4m by 2012 and has opened the nomination process for entrepreneurs seeking financial support. The deadline for applications is 30th November at: at www.guinnessforgood.com

 

 

FUNDING: for small organisations in Lichfield

The Lichfield Grant Aid Scheme offers grants of up to £1,000 to Individuals, residents' organisations, voluntary and community groups, and parish councils promoting participation in sport, leisure or cultural activities. Eligible expenditure includes purchasing sport or play equipment, running expenses for a new mother and toddler group, running costs for coaching courses, and staging events, festivals and arts projects. The deadline for receipt of applications is 17 December 2010 at: http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/grants

 

 

FUNDING: for community radio

Community Radio Fund has 500,000 per annum to support the core costs of running a community radio station including management; administration; financial management and reporting; fundraising to support the station (grants and commercial funding); community outreach; and volunteer organisation and support. The deadline for applications is 9th November at: Ofcom

 

 

EVENT: Big Night Out

ART SAVES LIVES are throwing another ‘Big Night Out’ [31st October, The Hen and Chickens Theatre,St Paul’s Road, Islington]. The fun starts at 730pm until 1030pm and will include; Blues and Soul, jazz, poetry, stand up and performance comedy, song and dance. This is a free entry event. There are only 40 tickets and it is on a first come-first served basis. To reserve your tickets, please email dean@artsaveslives.co.uk 

 

 

EVENT: Art auction

“Give me a home” is a month long charity art event [22nd October - 18th November, St Werburghs] at which people will be able to buy art straight off the wall, in addition to an auction. 100% of the proceeds go to supporting homeless children and young people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Find out more and download the auction catalogue at 1625ip

 

 

EVENT: prisoners’ families policy

'A partnership Approach to Policy - Supporting the Families of Offenders' is Prisoners' Families & Friends Service's Annual General Meeting [15th November, London SE1, 6.30pm] at which Sarah Davis, Policy Lead on Children and Families of Offenders and Intergenerational Crime for the Ministry of Justice will be the guest speaker. Anyone interested in policy relating to prisoners' families is welcome to attend. Full details at: PFFS 

 

 

EVENT: birthday celebration

The 30th birthday event for the Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards (AMIMB) will be held on Tuesday 26th October at the Tab Centre, London E2. Speakers include Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers President of the Supreme Court, Baroness Vivien Stern and Rod Morgan. The event starts at 5.30pm and tickets cost £15. For more details or to book, contact Angela Clay

 

 

EVENT: on penal reform

Dr Maggie Atkinson, The Children's Commissioner for England will be guest speaker at Howard League's AGM will be held on Wednesday 24th November 2010 at Abbey Community Centre, Westminster. The event starts at 4.30pm, book your place at: Howard League

 

 

EVENT: celebrating prison radio

Celebrating prison radio is the theme of the Prison Radio Association’s third annual conference [10th November, London, £45]. Speakers include the Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti CBE; Sue O’Hara, Offender Learning Director at OLASS; Paul McDowell, Chief Executive of Nacro and the BBC’s Paddy O’Connell. The event includes lunch and an informal awards ceremony in partnership with the Koestler Trust. For more information and to book online go to www.acevo.org.uk/pra 

 

 

TRAINING: leading change

The ‘Leading Change’ training series’ features workshops and courses, in Central Manchester designed to help managers and leaders in the public and voluntary sector cope with the rapidly changing. Prices start at just £89pp when you use the discount available for Light Lunch readers of £10pp per day on all training (quote code 'LL10'). For a full list of the training on offer between October 2010 - April 2011 and a booking form, go to: http://tiny.cc/leadchange or contact Bernard Clarke (0161)2476042

 

 

PUBLICATION: cost of mental ill health

An update published by the Centre for Mental Health has revealed that the cost of mental ill health in England is now £105.2 billion per year, up from £77.4 billion in 2003. The figure is calculated to include the costs of health and social care for people with mental health problems, lost output in the economy (e.g. from sickness absence and unemployment), and the human costs of reduced quality of life. Read the update at: Centre for Mental Health [Source: CJA]

 

 

POEM: from Arts Alliance conference

“On the bridge, at Waterloo, the man selling the Big Issue says good for you because prison is where I used to be and anything that helps is fine by me if it keeps you out and free.” Read Pat Winslow’s outstanding poem of observations from the recent Arts Alliance conference at: Pat Winslow 

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: become a trustee

Revolving Doors Agency (RDA) is currently recruiting trustees. RDA is a charity working across England to change systems and improve services for people with multiple problems including poor mental health that are in contact with the criminal justice system. The closing date for applications is 2nd November. Find out more about the role at: Revolving Doors Agency

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: for less confident readers

In its third year, the Six Book Challenge is a national programme targeted at less confident adult readers, encouraging them to develop a reading habit while improving their skills at the same time. It invites participants to read six books such as the Quick Reads and other titles for emergent readers and to record their reading in a diary in order to receive a certificate and incentives along the way. 13,500 people registered for the scheme in 2010 through libraries, adult education, colleges, prisons and workplaces. 83% of those surveyed reported that they felt more confident about their reading after taking part and the same percentage expected to use libraries more in the future. Around 50 prisons and YOIs currently take part each year. Find out more at: Prisoners Education Trust

 

 

TIPS OF THE WEEK…

 

TIP OF THE WEEK I: ‘Exploring History: Seven Ages of Britain’ is a free booklet available from Open University, documenting David Dimbleby’s BBC series in which he journeys through the nation’s past, from Iron Age pre-history to the present day. This is a history of British society told not through documents and written records, but through the material culture of each age – works of art, craft, and industry. Download your free booklet at: OU

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II: Unlimited daytime rail travel between London, the Midlands and the North West has been chopped down to just £10 as part of London Midland's Great Escape offer. Simply travel after the morning peak period (9.30am) between 23rd October and 31st October and go anywhere on the London Midland train network for £10. Upgrades to First Class are available for £20. Details at: London Midland

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III: The 4-star Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, near Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, is offering a special 2-night package for £85 per person, which includes two nights’ accommodation, full English breakfast both mornings, dinner on the second night and bottle of wine on arrival. This offer is valid for stays until 28th February, 2011. Book by 4th November at: Q Hotels

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV: The Royal Day Spa in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, has discounted its 'Me Time' package by over £100 to just £20 per person! The day includes five hours spa access including mud Jacuzzi, salt water pool, steam room and sauna, as well as a treatment, tai chi class, snacks and drinks. Full details at: lastminute.com

 

Date Published:

22/10/2010

 

Source:

Clinks