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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 197

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

 

CLINKS VACANCY: database and events administrator

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: prison and YOI to merge

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: ministers questioned on CJS

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: reviewing vetting and barring

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Nick Herbert speaks at Howard League event

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: information for suppliers

GOVERNMENT NEWS: local budget control

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new VCS lead for Labour

COMMISSIONING: Prisoners’ Family Support Worker

COMMISSIONING: increasing volunteering in Wandsworth

FUNDING: transition fund announced

FUNDING: for London groups

EVENT: Big Night Out

EVENT: for organisations working in the youth sector

TRAINING: good governance

TRAINING: using drama with offenders

PUBLICATION: supporting families affected by substance misuse

PUBLICATION: financial exclusion in the CJS

OPPORTUNITY: to join a social enterprise consortium

OPPORTUNITY: office space in London

OPPORTUNITY: extra work

TIPS OF THE WEEK…

 


 

CLINKS VACANCY: database and events administrator

Note: The deadline for applications is Monday! 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

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: prison and YOI to merge

Clinks received notice this week that HMP Acklington and HMP/YOI Castington in the North East are to merge with immediate effect. A new Governor, to be appointed, will recruit a Project Team to manage the merger, and consultations with staff, unions and stakeholders will continue throughout. If you have any enquiries, you can contact Samantha Mulholland 

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: ministers questioned on CJS

Ken Clarke, Jonathan Djanogly, and Crispin Blunt answered ministerial questions on Criminal Justice in a recent House of Commons ‘oral questions’. Questions were asked about drug addiction services in prison, youth offending, restorative justice programmes, alternatives to custody for vulnerable women, and relationship skills programmes. Read the full transcript at: Hansard

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: reviewing vetting and barring

Home Secretary, Theresa May, has issued a statement to the House of Commons which confirms the terms of reference for a review of the Vetting & Barring and criminal records regimes to ensure that they are scaled back to common sense levels. Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone said "...this scheme as it stands is not a proportionate response. There should be a presumption that people wishing to work or volunteer with children and vulnerable adults are safe to do so unless it can be shown otherwise." Read the full statement at: Home Office

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Nick Herbert speaks at Howard League event

Policing and Criminal Justice Minister, Nick Herbert, delivered the annual Parmoor Lecture for the Howard League for Penal Reform. He set out the Government's plans to reform prisons, cut the prison population by reducing re-offending and manage projects using payment by results.  Read his speech at: MoJ

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: information for suppliers

Suppliers to the Ministry of Justice and its agencies will wish to note that in October 2010, all Government Departments will commence publishing details of payments made to their suppliers.  This is part of the Government's commitment to greater transparency to enable the public to hold politicians and public bodies to account. The first publication of information is expected to take place by 31 October 2010 and will include payments made between 1 April and 30 September 2010. Publication will be on a monthly basis thereafter. Guidance can be found at: HM Treasury 

 

 

GOVERNMENT NEWS: local budget control

Sixteen areas are to be given direct control over local spending in their area free of centrally imposed conditions. From April next year this first phase of 16 areas covering 28 councils and their partners will be put in charge of 'Community Budgets' that pool various strands of Whitehall funding into a single 'local bank account' for tackling social problems around families with complex needs. Find out more, including who the areas are at: DCLG

 

 

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new VCS lead for Labour

Roberta Blackman-Woods, Labour MP for the City of Durham, has been appointed the shadow minister for civil society. Before being elected, Blackman-Woods was a professor of social policy at Northumbria University. She has worked as a consultant to Save the Children and the Child Poverty Action Group, and helped to set up Women's Aid in Northern Ireland. Find out more about her on her personal website

 

 

COMMISSIONING: Prisoners’ Family Support Worker

MoJ are looking to appoint one organisation to co-ordinate the extension of a pilot project which will deliver Family Support Worker to seven prisons: Belmarsh, Wandsworth, Bristol, Eastwood Park, Maidstone, Frankland and Deerbolt. The project aims to respond to the needs of prisoners and their families, with the aim of supporting and fostering the maintenance of positive relationships, supporting families at risk, and championing a "Think Family" approach to reducing Re-offending. Given the geographical spread of the pilot, partnership, between organisations might be desirable to achieve best co-ordinated outcomes. The estimated value is £100k - £500k, and the deadline for expressions of interest is 26th November. Full details available from: Liam Rickatson 

 

 

COMMISSIONING: increasing volunteering in Wandsworth

Wandsworth Borough Council would like to invite suitably qualified and experienced organisations to tender for the Volunteering Services contract within the borough. The primary aims of the Volunteering Services Contract are to increase the number of people volunteering in Wandsworth with a particular focus on BME residents and those with Extra Needs or who are ‘Hard to Reach’. The contract will commence on 1 April 2011 for a fixed term of three years with an option to extend by a further period of up to 2 years dependent upon performance and needs of the Council. The contract has an estimated cost of £138,000 per annum. The deadline for submission of tenders is 12 noon on 8th December 2010. Download the full specification at: WBC

 

 

FUNDING: transition fund announced

The £100m Transition fund, announced in last week’s Spending Review, will be available to service-delivery organisations that have low levels of reserves and high dependence on public funding streams that are particularly vulnerable to budget cuts. £10m of funding will be distributed this financial year, with the remaining £90m given out next financial year. The fund will be delivered by a yet-to-be-announced delivery partner, and Light Lunch will keep you updated as information becomes available.

 

 

FUNDING: for London groups

Community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, community interest companies and social enterprises in the London Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Lewisham, Southwark and Westminster may apply to the extended deadline Grassroots Grants programme. Funding of up to £5,000 is available to help build thriving local communities, bring people from different backgrounds together and empower them to achieve change in their communities. The new deadline for applications is 19th November at: CCF

 

 

EVENT: Big Night Out

The next ‘Big Night Out’ [15th November, Soho, Free] promises to be a great night of contemporary music, poetry, street based rap and classical flute. Those appearing include household names such as Dudley Sutton (poetry and verse), Rosie Glass (classical flute), YOKA (blues and soul) and Up and coming rap artists from NW London Part1 and Glide (with acoustic backup). Remember to mention 'Art Saves Lives' on entry. For more info, contact dean@artsaveslives.co.uk 

 

 

EVENT: for organisations working in the youth sector

'When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!' is NCVYS's annual conference and AGM [3rd November, London, £80 VCS] which will celebrate the innovative nature of the voluntary and community youth sector during times of economic uncertainty. The event is an opportunity to debate key issues, network and forge partnerships, share best practice and showcase your own work. Speakers include Martin Brookes, CEO of New Philanthropy Capital and Tim Loughton, Minister for Children and Families. Details and bookings at: NCVYS

 

 

TRAINING: good governance

'Governance, Enterprise and Leadership: In pursuit of excellence' is a free three day training course [12th, 19th, 26th November, Birmingham] targeted at directors, aspiring directors and trustees who want to enhance the performance of their organisation at board level. Find out more and book your free place at: BVSC

 

 

TRAINING: using drama with offenders

'The other side of the wall' is a Geese Theatre Company theatre and drama training event [2nd - 4th March, Birmingham, £330] for people working with offenders and young people at risk of offending. During the three day course, participants will be invited to experience and practice a variety of drama-based methods for use in groupwork, with a focus on exploring some of the basic principles behind Geese’s work with offenders. Details and bookings at: Geese Theatre Company

 

 

PUBLICATION: supporting families affected by substance misuse

Adfam, the national umbrella organisation improving the quality of life for families affected by substance use, has called on the Government to improve support for children and families affected by drugs and alcohol. It is estimated that in the UK there are up to 350,000 children affected by parental drug use, 2.6m by parental hazardous alcohol use and up to 8m people in total affected by someone else’s  drug or alcohol use. Read Adfam's policy response at: Adfam

 

 

PUBLICATION: financial exclusion in the CJS

‘Time is Money’ is a joint Unlock and Prison Reform Trust report into financial exclusion in the justice system. The report found that a third of people in prison did not have a bank account and that more than half had been rejected for a bank loan. People in prison were ten times more likely to have borrowed from a loan shark than the average UK household. This drives up crime as people take desperate measures to avoid the often violent techniques of unlicensed money lenders. Recommendations include the MoJ developing a national framework for tackling financial issues; and prison induction processes should include dealing with practical financial matters. Download the report at: Unlock

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: to join a social enterprise consortium

Social Enterprise London (SEL) is keen to build a consortium of London's leading social enterprises. SEL is keen to work in partnership to build consortia to deliver large contracts emerging from the public sector. It has three opportunities it would like to build a partnership to deliver - opportunities for young, vulnerable people, training to work and homeless to work training.  If your organisation delivers a service in line with the above specifications and you are keen to be part of one or more of these bids then email Michelle Richmond 

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: office space in London

Media for Development have 4 desks to rent at £70 per desk, per week on a minimum one month contract. On the top floor of a converted Shoreditch warehouse, five minutes’ walk from Old Street Station the office enjoys lots of natural light from large windows and skylights and has a lovely outdoor balcony. Call 02070332170 or email jonathanw@mediafordevelopment.org.uk for more details.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: extra work

On 27th March 2011 the next census takes place which is generating over 35,000 jobs across England and Wales. A range of temporary part time and full time jobs are available from supervisory roles to general collectors across England and Wales. Contract periods range from four weeks to ten months. Find out more at: Census Jobs

 


 

TIPS OF THE WEEK…

TIP OF THE WEEK I: Remember clocks go back an hour this Sunday at 2am! An extra hour in bed!

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II: Get a free £5 voucher to spend in store at Debenhams, with no minimum spend, by printing off this voucher

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III: Anyone with Sky can watch the Sky Movies Showcase channel free this weekend – channel 303 (314 for HD)

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Spend £40 in store at Asda and get £40 worth of shopping coupons

 

TIP OF THE WEEK V: Get £10 off £30+ food bill at Loch Fyne, and 2for1 dining at: ASK, Zizzi, Strada, and Cafe Rouge. Or if you’re staying in this Halloween, Morrisons have provided some free tasty treats here 

 

TIP OF THE WEEK VI: The Grade II-listed Bosworth Hall Hotel and Spa in Warwickshire is offering a special rate of £29 per person, including buffet breakfast, 3 course carvery, one hour of free drinks at the bar, free room upgrade! Book by 11th November at: Bosworth Hall

 

Date Published:

29/10/2010

 

Source:

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