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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 198

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

 

CLINKS PUBLICATION: report from the Big Judges seminar – now online

CLINKS REQUEST: women offenders in the South West

CLINKS EVENT: roundtable discussing resettlement needs of BAME offenders

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: prisoner’s voting rights

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: MAPPA figures published online

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new head of Office for Civil Society

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new White Paper on local community growth

COMMISSIONING: voluntary sector services in Hounslow

CONSULTATION: skills gaps in small charities

CONSULTATION: homelessness and reoffending survey

FUNDING: regional growth fund

FUNDING: testing Big Society

EVENT: Network of Sex Work Projects

EVENT: employing ex-offenders

EVENT: promoting volunteering in prison

EVENT: Carol Concert

WORKSHOPS: measure the success of your project

TRAINING: for women-led enterprises

PUBLICATION: Information about MAPPA for families

PUBLICATION: reviewing the Spending Review

RESOURCE: for needs-based interventions

RESOURCE: low cost support for tender submissions

OPPORTUNITY: CJS trustee

CLINKS MEMBERS NEWS: Rugby for young offenders

CLINKS MEMBERS NEWS: partnership working in the Youth Justice system

CLINKS MEMBERS VACANCIES 

TIPS OF THE WEEK…

 


CLINKS PUBLICATION: report from the Big Judges seminar – now online

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.

 

 

CLINKS REQUEST: women offenders in the South West

Are you a VCS organisation that provides services for female offenders in the South West of England? Clinks represents the VCS on the regional Commissioning for Women group, a strategic regional multi-agency group that is working with NOMS to influence and embed  the agenda, flag up gaps in services / processes and identify trends and needs in relation to women offenders in the region. If there is anything that you would like raised at the next meeting, please email Louise Clark or call her mobile: 07870 384569 before 8th November.

 

 

CLINKS EVENT: roundtable discussing resettlement needs of BAME offenders

Clinks recently commissioned a piece of research to look at the resettlement needs of BAME offenders, which included focus group discussions with BAME VCS organisations. This research has now been completed and Clinks and a member of the research team have invited the members of the original Bristol focus group and other interested BAME VCS organisations to a roundtable discussion of the findings in Bristol on 24 November. If you are interested in attending this discussion please contact Laura Lavery.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: prisoner’s voting rights

The big story this week is the government’s announcement that they will accept European law, and allow prisoners to vote. There may still be restrictions on what category of prisoner is allowed to vote, but the consensus from the Sector is that the right to vote will improve prison conditions, enhance rehabilitation and promote citizenship. Read comments from Clinks Members:  Howard League for Penal Reform, Unlock, and Prison Reform Trust.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: MAPPA figures published online

For the first time, numbers relating to the MAPPA (Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements) status and management levels of all MAPPA offenders living in England and Wales can now be viewed online. The Ministry of Justice website includes a national report and 42 local reports. The local reports vary greatly in terms of quality and presentation, but most contain useful local statistics, case studies and key contacts for your area. Download your local area report here or read the press release here. [See also APF article below].

 

 

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new head of Office for Civil Society

Rolande Anderson, head of the Office for Civil Society, will be replaced by Gareth Davies, the director of the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit, when her one-year term runs out next month. The department said that Davies would work with the behavioural insights team, part of the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit, to develop new ways of encouraging volunteering and philanthropy. You can find contact details for Gareth Davies at: Cabinet Office.

 

 

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new White Paper on local community growth

The Government last week published their Local Growth White Paper, which sets their role in empowering locally driven growth, encouraging business investment and promoting economic development. For local communities this means ensuring that everyone has access to opportunities that growth brings and everyone is able to fulfil their potential. The paper begins the process of devolving power to local communities, incentivising growth, and supporting investment in local areas. You can view the White Paper at: BIS.

 

 

COMMISSIONING: voluntary sector services in Hounslow

The London Borough of Hounslow's 2011-2015 Voluntary Sector Funding strategy includes a move from grant aid to a commissioning arrangement for contracting with voluntary organisations able to deliver quality services that meet Council priorities, fulfil a legislative requirement or build capacity. The commissioning themes are: Advice; Art and Building Civic Pride; Volunteering; Capacity Building of Voluntary Sector Organisations; Equality and Diversity; Vulnerable adults; volunteering and young people. These opportunities are advertised on supply2gov, but not showing on the council's own website yet. Those without access to supply2gov should contact the council direct: details here.

 

 

CONSULTATION: skills gaps in small charities

The FSI are conducting the 'Small Charity Sector Skills Gap Survey' which aims to determine the key skills needed to build a successful, sustainable organisation. Well over a hundred small charity staff have already taken the survey but they want even more to log on and tell them what skills you have in abundance and where you need additional support and training. They want to hear from employees at every level of your organisation – to get the broadest possible view of the sector and what the FSI can do to make it better. Take part at: FSI Survey.

 

 

CONSULTATION: homelessness and reoffending survey

Homeless Link is conducting new research to explore how the homelessness sector can work best with the criminal justice sector to reduce re-offending rates. The research will look into ways to build strong partnerships between the two sectors, as well as some of the challenges you face when addressing housing needs. If you are an accommodation based project supporting homeless ex-offenders please complete the homelessness survey. If you are a statutory Criminal Justice agency, please complete the CJ survey. The survey takes between 10 and 15 minutes to complete and closes on the 19th of November. For more information visit Homeless Link.

 

 

FUNDING: regional growth fund

The £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund encourages private sector enterprise, including social enterprise, to create opportunities for people and places to adjust to reductions in public spending, and enable private sector investors, business, the public sector and communities to come together with an overall strategy for their area. The first round of funding is now open to projects that make a specific and significant contribution to the core aims of the Fund. It is envisaged that bidding partnerships will come together that include a combination of large private sector players, SMEs and social enterprises working together with public partners. The first deadline for applications is 21 January 2011 at: BIS.

 

 

FUNDING: testing Big Society

The Neighbourhood Challenge is a new programme from NESTA, working with the Big Lottery Fund, to support community-led innovation. It aims to show how community organisations – when equipped with the right skills, practical tools and small, catalytic amounts of money – can galvanise people to work together to create innovative responses to local priorities, particularly in neighbourhoods with low levels of social capital. The deadline for expressions of interest is 22nd November at: NESTA.

 

 

EVENT: Network of Sex Work Projects

'Promoting Inclusion, Preventing Violence, Protecting Sex Workers' is the title of the UK Network of Sex Work Projects 2 day conference [2nd & 3rd February, Manchester, £215]. The keynote speaker is Baroness Vivienne Stern, and workshops will include Innovative Outreach and Social Inclusion, Sexual violence on and off street, and current issues for migrant sex workers. Download the flyer.

 

 

EVENT: employing ex-offenders

There are a few places left at the 'Successful Employment and Resettlement of Ex-Offenders' conference [18th November, London, £282] which aims 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. Speakers include Helen Cantrell, CEO of SOVA; Paul McDowell, Chief Executive of NACRO; and Professor Paul Senior, Director Hallam Centre for Community Justice at Sheffield Hallam University. Book your place at: Neil Stewart Associates.

 

 

EVENT: promoting volunteering in prison

HMP Wormwood Scrubs are inviting interested Light Lunch readers to a Reflection Day [20th November, Wormwood Scrubs, £20 optional donation] which will provide an opportunity for committed volunteers from different faith backgrounds to reflect and share on how volunteering enriches and affects their lives. This is also an opportunity for those interested in volunteering to learn more about this work. To book your place email Mount Street.

 

 

EVENT: Carol Concert

Every year Adfam holds a Candlelit Carol Concert to help raise awareness of the difficulties families face and to raise funds to continue the important work of supporting families.  This year’s event [9th December, London] will be attended by UK celebrities who recite readings and winning entries from Adfam’s family voices competition during the evening, and the choir at St Bride’s is fantastic – it is a wonderful and extremely moving event.  If you would like to buy tickets or consider sponsorship opportunities please email: carols@adfam.org.uk.

 

 

WORKSHOPS: measure the success of your project

The Greater London Authority (GLA) and Community Links would like to invite you to a specialist workshop exploring how you can better measure the success of your children's/youth project, to prove to funders and commissioners that you make a difference. The 3-hour workshops [London] are free, tea and coffee is provided, and you will be in a group of 15-20 fellow practitioners exploring this vital issue. In these workshops you will be given a head start in using the Oracle self-assessment, and will be helping Community Links to develop a guidebook to support other practitioners in using it. There are numerous dates across London between 11th and 30th November. For a list of dates, locations and to book your place, contact Mat Ilic.

 

 

TRAINING: for women-led enterprises

The Innovate Her project, aimed at women-owned businesses in the Newham, Tower Hamlets or Hackney areas that are small/medium enterprises, looks to help such businesses create new ways of doing business to change and accelerate their work. The project is running a series of workshops delivered by the Tower Hamlets College and run in conjunction with Women’s Business Centre at Newham College on a range of subjects from e-marketing to search engine optimisation to social media. Find out more about the project at Innovate Her.

 

 

PUBLICATION: Information about MAPPA for families

Many families of serious and sex offenders are not aware of what MAPPA (Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements) conditions mean to them.  Action for Prisoners’ Families has published a briefing to give families the basic information they need to know about MAPPA.  Written by Russell Webster with input from families themselves, the briefing can be downloaded for free from: APF.

 

 

PUBLICATION: reviewing the Spending Review

The Institute for Public Policy Research has published a report reviewing the main measures contained in the October 2010 Spending Review, and highlighted the policy implications in each of the sectors affected. The report covers criminal justice; culture, media and sport; education; energy and climate change; health; housing; local government and regeneration; social care; and welfare. A good, concise, well-presented round up, available for free download at: Cambridge Journals.

 

 

RESOURCE: for needs-based interventions

Works for Freedom is a web resource about supporting practice that empowers.  It is a project run by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies that aims to share and develop knowledge, with a focus on needs-based rather than punitive interventions. The information is organised around people's multiple needs, starting with housing and homelessness, drugs, and physical and mental health, and they will add resources on money, learning and work, relationships and user-voices in the coming months. Take a look at Works for Freedom.

 

 

RESOURCE: low cost support for tender submissions

The NAVCA Tender Support Project offers £500 worth of consultancy for £50 and is available to all local charities, community groups and social enterprises. The project provides one-to-one specialist support to help prepare local social enterprises, voluntary organisations and community groups for contracting or producing high-quality tender submissions to deliver public services. The project can help you to improve the quality of your tenders and your chances of being successful. Details at: NAVCA.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: CJS trustee

Clinks Member ‘Unlock’ is seeking new trustees, including a Chair and Treasurer. Their vision is of a society in which reformed offenders are able to fulfil their positive potential through equal opportunities, rights and responsibilities. Driven by the needs of reformed offenders, UNLOCK works to reduce crime by helping them overcome the social exclusion and discrimination that prevents them from successfully reintegrating into society. The closing date is 30th November, find out more at: Unlock.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBERS NEWS: Rugby for young offenders

‘The Rugby Football Union’, who recently joined Clinks, has announced their Prison2Pitch (P2P) programme. The scheme follows hot on the heels of Try4Life, a 12-month scheme delivering rugby coaching and training courses in 25 youth offending prisons and programmes across the country. Try4Life even paved the way for two new prison teams stating up at Brinsford and Portland YOIs whom both now play in local leagues.  P2P works with prison PE staff, probation teams, the prisoners themselves and local rugby clubs to get prisoners keen to play or volunteer in rugby union. In the last 6 months over 20 individuals have been placed.  For more information please contact the RFU on p2p@therfu.com.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBERS NEWS: partnership working in the Youth Justice system

Clinks Member ‘Endeavour’ recently hosted a conference at the County Hall, Nottinghamshire County Council, with the aim to share best practice and ideas with other key stakeholders in the Youth Justice System. The report of the event provides a good insight into working in partnership with Youth Offending Services, and also highlights some of the innovative and successful outcomes achieved by Endeavour. Read the short report at: Endeavour.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBERS VACANCIES

Three new vacancies this week at The Howard League for Penal Reform; a Head of Policy Change, Membership Officer, and Youth Participation Officer all based in London. Check out these and other vacancies, at Clinks Members Vacancies.

 

 

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TIPS OF THE WEEK…

TIP OF THE WEEK I: 15% off at B&Q this weekend when you spend over £50 using this voucher.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II: Dove Spa has created a 'Winter Warmer' package for just £59. Included is a 15 minute skin talk with an expert consultant, an hour long bespoke facial, 45 minute body massage and a choice of mini treatment. The package can be taken at any of Dove Spa's 23 salons (mostly in London and North West) on any day of the week until 3 November 2011, but you must book by 17 November at:Dove Spa.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III: Ramada Wetherby has a special offer of £39 per person dinner, bed and breakfast for stays until 9th December. Guests receive an extra 10% off wine and children stay free. Find out more at: Ramada Jarvis.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor is offering two night weekend breaks for just £99 per person. This includes breakfast both mornings, dinner on the first night, room upgrade, and a bottle of wine with dinner. This offer is valid on weekend stays (Thursday-Sunday) until 31 March, 2011. Book by 17 November at: Hilton.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK V: Every Nov over 1,000 solicitors UK-wide take part in Will Aid, where you get a will for a £75 donation (half the typical cost). Details at: http://www.willaid.org.uk/.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK VI: Bring a smile to you children, family members and friends at Christmas with free printable letters from Santa Claus. Click and print your favourite from the templates at Visager.

 

 

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Date Published:

05/11/2010

 

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