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Monday 23 April 2018
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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 199



CLINKS CELEBRATION: Light Lunch enters its third century

CLINKS REQUEST: Police consultation – your views sought

CLINKS TRAINING: Volunteering in Prison

CLINKS NEWS: Membership contact

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: MoJ Business Plan published

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: New structures announced

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Reoffending stats and analysis

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Risk of Harm guidance published

GOVERNMENT NEWS: National Citizen Service providers announced

GOVERNMENT NEWS: Budget 2011 announced

COMMISSIONING: Event for community payback provision

COMMISSIONING: Assisting voluntary return of migrants

EVENT: Problem drug use

EVENT: Celebration of Christmas

EVENT: Women and prison ‘feminar’

CONSULTATION: On short prison sentences

PUBLICATION: Commissioning advice for the VCS

RESOURCE: Getting to grips with Big Society

CAMPAIGN: Raise money for a local charity



CLINKS CELEBRATION: Light Lunch enters its third century

Light Lunch reaches its 200th edition next week! Our latest survey showed that 83% of readers used Light Lunch as their primary source of information on the Criminal Justice System. To celebrate its achievements and ensure its sustainability in difficult economic times we are introducing a voluntary subscription service for readers. You can donate as much, or as little, as you wish to reflect the value you place in this regular weekly service. Payment can be made online or offline at:  Light Lunch Voluntary Subscription.



CLINKS REQUEST: police consultation – your views sought

Following the Home Office Consultation ‘Policing in the 21st century - reconnecting police and the people’ the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill is due to be published soon. Clinks will be producing a Discussion Paper around the implications of the Bill for the voluntary and community sector, for example elected Police and Crime Commissioners, local commissioning and availability of crime data. Clinks would be interested in hearing from our members about particular issues or concerns, however brief, relating to the forthcoming legislation. Please send any responses to Clare Hayes.



CLINKS TRAINING: Volunteering in Prison

Just four places remaining! 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: Membership contact

Clinks says a fond farewell to Karen Desai. Many of you will know Karen, because she has been our Membership and Events Administrator since 2006. She also contributed to our Service User work, representing service users at a range of events that included speaking to policy makers and ministers. We wish Karen the best of luck for the future.



CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: MoJ Business Plan published

The Prime Minister has announced the publication of the Ministry of Justice's Business Plan for the next spending review period: 2011-2015."This plan sets out our programme of radical reform that will ensure we contribute to tackling the fiscal deficit by creating a justice system that the public need and is sustainable and affordable.  It will give us the framework to pursue our five structural reform priorities to achieve our vision of a justice system that will punish the guilty, protect our liberties and the independence of the judiciary and introduce a revolution in the rehabilitation of offenders." Download the Plan at: Ministry of Justice.



CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: new structures announced

Michael Spurr, of NOMS, has informed stakeholders of an Organisational Restructure Programme to replace the current regionally-based model of delivery. This will see the regional Directors of Offender Management and their teams replaced by four new national directors. The existing regional structure will continue for the remainder of this financial year, and contracts and commissioning plans for 2011/12 which will be taken forward under the new structures. You can view Michael Spurr's letter and the new organisational structure at: Clinks.



CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: reoffending stats and analysis

A useful compendium of reoffending statistics and analysis has been published.  This seeks to provide answers to questions asked by practitioners and the media, including the relative effectiveness of disposals, reoffending figures for individual prisons and patterns of reconviction linked to offenders' experiences from early life. Download at: Ministry of Justice.



CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Risk of Harm guidance published

'Guidance for the Voluntary and Community Sector: Working with NOMS to manage the Risk of Serious Harm' is a new publication developed by the NOMS Public Protection & Mental Health Group in collaboration with voluntary sector providers and representatives. It aims to assist VCS staff who work with offenders who pose a high risk of serious harm. This guidance will assist VCS providers in ensuring they have the right structures in place to provide the necessary training, support, advice and guidance for their staff and volunteers who work with this group of offenders. It introduces theories of risk, tools and information to enhance risk assessment, improve risk practice and contribute to overall effective risk management strategies. Download it from: Clinks.



GOVERNMENT NEWS: National Citizen Service providers announced

Clinks Members Catch 22 and The Prince’s Trust are among 12 organisations selected by the government to pilot the first National Citizen Service projects. The organisations, chosen from more than 250 applicant groups, will test a variety of different approaches to running the scheme. Read the full story at: Cabinet Office.



GOVERNMENT NEWS: Budget 2011 announced

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed that the Budget will take place on Wednesday 23 March 2011.



COMMISSIONING: event for community payback provision

Greater Manchester Probation Trust is holding a workshop [29th November, Manchester] to discuss the Trusts intention to run a formal exercise to establish a Quality Provider List for the provision of aspects of Community Payback. The aims of the workshop are to give organisations more information about the Trust, about Community Payback and about the services that you might be able to provide under contract to us. It will also give more information on the process and documents needed to join the List. There will also be an opportunity to network with other interested providers. To attend email Alison Bates.



COMMISSIONING: assisting voluntary return of migrants

The UK Border Agency is looking for organisations to deliver an Assisted Voluntary Return scheme, aimed at supporting individuals that wish to return to their country of origin. Up to £17m is available for the service, with an expected result of over 5,000 people accessing the scheme. The call for proposals can be downloaded from Clinks.



EVENT: problem drug use

RSA are holding an event [24th November, London, Free] to launch their latest report 'Whole Person Recovery: a user-centred systems approach to problem drug use'. The event will be of interest to service user groups and service providers, senior politicians, civil servants, local government leaders and managers, and the voluntary sector.  If readers would like more information about the event or would like to attend then they should contact Janet Hawken.



EVENT: celebration of Christmas

New Bridge’s Annual Celebration of Christmas will take place on Thursday 9th December commencing @ 6.30pm. It will be held at St George’s, Hanover Square, W1 and Sandra Rigby-Barrett and The Adventus Domini Choir will, once again, give an evening of superb music and seasonal song.  Terry Waite CBE will be giving the appeal this year. Tickets are £10 each from



EVENT: Women and prison ‘feminar’

'Engendering Justice - women and prison' is a women-only event [13th November, London, Free] that aims to provide an exploration of women's incarceration, the personal experiences and the political context. Book your place at Women in Prison.



CONSULTATION: on short prison sentences

The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prison Governors’ Association have commissioned a piece of research to look at short term prison sentences primarily from the perspective of those serving short sentences and those working in prisons. The focus of the study is adult men serving sentences of up to 12 months in prison in England and Wales. However they are also interested in stakeholder views, and therefore would like to invite you to complete a short online questionnaire. The deadline for submissions is 30th November, full details at Howard League.



PUBLICATION: commissioning advice for the VCS

A partnership of VCS organisations called Kindle has published ‘Commissioning and the Community Sector’. It has been written for VCS organisations to help them better understand how local authority commissioners are working to improve outcomes for children, young people and families and how they can make themselves “commissioning ready”. Download it at the Commissioning Support Programme.



RESOURCE: getting to grips with Big Society

The Young Foundation has published a range of new resources to help people get to grips with the idea of the Big Society. The Community Action Toolkit has been designed to help explore; what people want from the Big Society; what makes people want to get involved in local action; what stops them from taking part; how to devolve power and money to communities; how communities can work effectively with local authorities and public agencies; what makes people feel like they belong in a place. Find out more at: Young Foundation [Source: NYFVO].



CAMPAIGN: raise money for a local charity

On Sunday the 5th of December 1,000 Santa-suited runners will descend on Greenwich Park to support charities. The organisers are looking for volunteers to join us on the 5th to run/walk/crawl the 5km course. There’s a small registration fee of £20 and the goal is to raise a minimum of £100 to help charities in your area. The organisers will help you set up your sponsorship page, offer training tips and be there to cheer for you on the day. The spirit of the event is ‘taking part’ not ‘winning’ – so get in touch with



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