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Clinks Light Lunch – Issue 179

 IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

CLINKS NEWS: Policy observations  

CLINKS NEWS: race and equality ebulletin

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Race and the CJS

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: reinventing the vetting and barring scheme

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new finance for the VCS

FUNDING: last chance for funding to tackle multiple needs and exclusions

FUNDING: for research and innovation

FUNDING: to support older people

EVENT: Transitions to Adulthood

EVENT: on victims

THEATRE: new play

PUBLICATION: reforming the Criminal Justice System

PUBLICATION: young adults with multiple needs

TRAINING: working with offenders

RESOURCE: promoting your Social Enterprise

RESOURCE: recruiting trustees

CONGRATULATIONS: Clinks Member awarded OBE  

CLINKS MEMBERS’ VACANCIES

TIPS OF THE WEEK: Meet your neighbours, earn money as you shop, high st sales, luxury hotels, discounted theatre tickets and free laptops!

EXTRA Information….

 

CLINKS NEWS: Policy observations

A number of key policy themes are emerging from the new coalition government that will clearly have a significant impact on Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations working with offenders, and on service users themselves. They include Localism, Big Society, the 'Rehabilitation Revolution', Restorative Justice, and Payment by Results. As yet no clear policy detail has emerged against any of these themes. Clinks is, therefore, keeping a watching brief and will report any tangible policy developments as quickly as possible in Light Lunch. The implications of new policy for VCS organisations will also be discussed in future Clinks Policy Briefings.

 

CLINKS NEWS: race and equality ebulletin

The latest Equality Ebulletin from Clinks will be published on Tuesday 22nd June. This edition will feature news, views, opportunities and resources specifically relating to the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Voluntary and Community Sector. There will be some free training, the latest research papers, the impact of the new government on equality issues, and some conferences and events. The bulletin is free to receive; just email your details to Joe Gardham

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Race and the CJS

'Race and the criminal justice system' reports statistical information on the representation of black and minority ethnic groups as suspects, offenders and victims within the criminal justice system and on employees within criminal justice agencies. The data presented in the report suggests that there have been some developments since the 2007/08 publication of these statistics for example, in clear-up rates of racially or religiously aggravated offences. However, some substantial differences continue to exist in the experiences of people from BME groups compared with people from a White background. Read more at: MoJ

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: reinventing the vetting and barring scheme

It's been widely reported this week that the new Government have halted the ISA's Vetting and Barring Scheme and it will be remodelled to 'proportionate, common-sense levels'. Voluntary registration with the scheme had been due to start next month. Read the official press release and comment from Clinks' members Barnardo's

 

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new finance for the VCS

The coalition government is aiming to have the Big Society Bank open for business by April 2011. The Government's Big Society plan covers five departmental priorities, the fourth of which is to “support the building of the Big Society”. Under ‘Support co-ops, mutuals, charities and social enterprises’, the action "We will use funds from dormant bank accounts to establish a Big Society Bank, which will provide new finance for neighbourhood groups, charities, social enterprises and other nongovernmental bodies” will start this month and the first funds will be available by April next year. Download 'Building Big Society'

 

FUNDING: last chance for funding to tackle multiple needs and exclusions

As featured in Clinks Light Lunch [3rd June], the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition is seeking three areas to become part of its national service pilots and is offering part-funding for twelve months work in chosen areas between 1 November 2010 and 31 October 2011. If your organisation could develop a successful coordination style service intervention overseen by a Chief Executive/Director level Board of local voluntary and statutory partners then get involved, before 23rd June, at MEAM

 

FUNDING: for research and innovation

The Nuffield Foundation aims to bring about improvements in society through research and practical experiment. Current programmes of interest to readers will be the Children and Families programme and the Open Door programme. Full details at: Nuffield Foundation

 

FUNDING: to support older people

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has today opened its AdvantAGE Programme, a £20 million initiative for projects across Wales designed to improve the quality of life for people aged over 50. Eligible projects include those that work to reduce loneliness and isolation, increased confidence and ability to meet the challenges of ageing, and increasing uptake of services leading to greater independence and choice for older people. The deadline for application is 29th October at: BIG. Comic Relief is also running a similar programme, with deadlines of 3rd September, at: Comic Relief

 

EVENT: Transitions to Adulthood

'Transitions to Adulthood' is Youth Support Services' (YSS) national conference [16th July, Worcester, £50] which will explore current thinking, best practice and policy regarding the period of life when young people emerge into adulthood. The conference aims to recognise young adults as a specific group within society and to stimulate fresh thinking about how to meet the needs of vulnerable young adults undergoing this transition. Speakers include HRH The Princess Royal and representatives from YSS, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Catch22, Revolving Doors Agency, Young People in Focus and Oxford University. Details and bookings at: YSS

 

EVENT: on victims

'Who Speaks for the Victim?' is a free one day conference [28th June, London] which aims to gain a broader understanding of how to meet victim’s needs by hearing firsthand the experiences of the victims of serious crime; explore the effect/impact of violence on victims and provide recommendations about how this group can be better supported; and identify strategies that help reduce the numbers of people who become victims or offenders. To attend the conference or if you feel you can contribute in any way, visit: CSAS

 

THEATRE: new play

'God Dont Live On a Council Estate' is a new play [13th – 31st July, New Cross, London, £10] written by Light Lunch reader, former prisoner and playwright, Dean Stalham. Danny Boy comes home, after a year away, with a clear mind. How long will it last? Can he escape the hold his Granddad, Arthur, has over him? Can Arthur get him to stay, or will he force him to stay? Find details on Facebook, or email dean@artsaveslives.co.uk

 

PUBLICATION: reforming the Criminal Justice System

'Crime Costs' is the latest policy report from The New Statesman, featuring contributions by Richard Garside, Erwin James and Frances Crook. Richard asks how the new coalition government will cope with our enormous expenditure on crime, Frances is interviewed on how reoffending rates can be cut through rehabilitation, and Erwin explains how prison in the old days offered him training and education to cope with life on the outside. Download at: NewStatesman

 

PUBLICATION: young adults with multiple needs

Revolving Doors Agency has published two guides on working with young adults with multiple needs during their transition to adulthood; ‘Aiming Higher’ is agood practice guide for practitioners compiled using the views of young adults and professionals; and ‘Towards a Shared Future’ is a guide for commissioners. Both are available to download at Revolving Doors Agency.

 

TRAINING: working with offenders

Working with Offenders is a bespoke training course designed and delivered by Light Lunch reader Amanda Tooth. This course is intended to provide an introduction and overview of the key areas of the Criminal Justice system. The course is designed to be relevant to a broad range of staff including those staff with a great deal of knowledge and experience and those staff who may be fairly new to working with offenders or working in partnership with the criminal justice sector. If your organisation is interested in commissioning this training, please email amanda@amandatooth.com

 

RESOURCE: promoting your Social Enterprise

The Social Enterprise Mark identifies businesses that meet defined criteria for social enterprise. The Mark offers consumers an instantly recognisable logo that represents enterprises working for social and environmental aims, trading to benefit people and the planet. The Mark costs £99+vat a year, which includes access to an expansive network. Find out if you qualify at: Social Enterprise Mark

 

RESOURCE: recruiting trustees

'Trustee Recruitment for Small Organisations' is a new NCVO resource, designed to help you find, recruit, induct and keep trustees. It has been developed with small organisations in mind.  Access this free resource at: NCVO

 

CONGRATULATIONS: Clinks Member awarded OBE

Congratulations to Clinks Member Sharon Berry, who, as Chief Executive of Storybook Dads was awarded an OBE for services to children and families!

 

CLINKS MEMBER’S VACANCIES

SOVA have a number of vacancies in Yorkshire, they include a Youth Volunteer Advisor (Sheffield), two Case Officers (covering North/West Yorkshire), a Team Leader/cover Support worker (Wetherby) and a Trainer/Case Officer (Wetherby). Details at: SOVA. Tomorrow's People an employment charity seek a new Task Force Coordinator to assist with delivery of its personal development programme for young people Working It Out, details at: Tomorrow's People.

 

TIPS OF THE WEEK…

 

TIP OF THE WEEK I:'The Big Lunch' is a one-day get together with your neighbours on Sunday 18th July 2010. It can be anything from a simple lunch to a full-blown street party with DJs and a hog roast. Plan your own or find your nearest at: The Big Lunch

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II:Topcashback is a free to use service that pays you for shopping online. Sign up for a free account, visit topcashback before you start shopping and get money back on everything you buy - from eBay to clothes to office supplies. You can withdraw money whenever you like, and if you sign up this weekend, you get £2.50 credited to your account! There really are no catches, just free money for doing what you do anyway! Visit Topcashback

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III: 50% off high street sales started this week include next, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Kickers, Clarks, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Body Shop and Mothercare. And most of these have up to 10% cashback using the Topcashback link in Tip II above.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV: The 4-star Beaumont House Hotel in Windsor is offering an exclusive deal on weekend stays, with a 3-course dinner, bed and breakfast for £49 per person, per night. This deal also includes a free upgrade to a Superior Room, a complimentary bottle of wine in the room on arrival and full use of the leisure club facilities, including a heated indoor pool, a gym and all-weather tennis courts. The offer is valid for Friday-Sunday stays until 30 September, but you must book by 30 June. Book at: Principal Hayley

 

TIP OF THE WEEK V:Discount Theatre is offering tickets to hit West End show “Sweet Charity”, starring Tamzin Outhwaite, for £28.99 each - 50% OFF the usual rate. This offer is valid for Monday to Friday performances at Haymarket Theatre Royal, London, until 31st July, book at: Sweet Charity

 

TIP OF THE WEEK VI: The government is giving away 270,000 free web access and laptops grants aimed at lower income families without internet access. The deadline for applications is rumoured to be Monday 21st June, so apply now at: Home Access  

 

TIP OF THE WEEK VI:hotelshopUK is offering summer stays at the 4-star Regency Park Hotel in Newbury, Berkshire for £49 per person, per night. The deal includes breakfast, 3 course dinner, bottle of wine, use of health club, 20% off spa treatments and room upgrade. Book by 30th June at: hotelshopUK

 

Date Published:

18/06/2010

 

Source:

Clinks