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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 191

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

 

CLINKS OPPORTUNITY: research consultant needed

CLINKS RESPONSE: to the Rehabilitation Revolution

CLINKS RESPONSE: review of Sentencing

CLINKS PUBLICATION: latest Volunteering Guide published

CLINKS REPORT: the future of volunteering and mentoring

CLINKS GUIDANCE: on working with foreign national women offenders

CLINKS SURVEY: on actual or anticipated funding cuts

CLINKS DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: AGM 2011

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: discussing the role of Probation staff

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: NOMS annual report

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: drug strategy consultation

AWARDS: for young people making a difference

FUNDING: Education grants

FUNDING: rural communities

FUNDING: for projects in Hackney

EVENT: CJM 2010

EVENT: musical rehabilitation

EVENT: meet the commissioners

EVENT: drug law reform

CAMPAIGN: mental health social experiment

CAMPAIGN: raise the age of criminal responsibility

RESOURCE: Trustees Week

RESOURCE: mapping successful local partnerships

OPPORTUNITY: to showcase your work with children and families of offenders

OPPORTUNITY: playwriting for ex-prisoners

OPPORTUNITY: for young people to have a say

TRAINING: learn about Islam

MEMBER VACANCIES

TIPS OF THE WEEK...

 

 

CLINKS OPPORTUNITY: research consultant needed

Clinks wishes to commission a scoping piece of work, over a short timescale, to help us decide how to respond to changes in the Criminal Justice System. We want the focus to be very much on Social Enterprise, describing and exploring in detail the potential rise of the importance of social enterprise models within the CJS and what their impacts could be at local level, and evaluating how Clinks should gear up and position itself relative to this new operating environment. Deadline for receipt of proposals is 4pm Friday 1st October 2010, with the work completed by 6th December. Download the full specification at: Clinks Vacancies

 

CLINKS RESPONSE: to the Rehabilitation Revolution

Clinks welcomes this opportunity to contribute to developing proposals for the Coalition government’s Rehabilitation Revolution ahead of a White Paper in the Autumn.  We identify some key issues for the voluntary sector in terms of capacity and voice, argue for the greater involvement of ex-offenders in delivering the rehabilitation revolution, and point out some of the challenges in relation to the emerging regime of payment by results. Download it at: Clinks Responses

 

CLINKS RESPONSE: review of Sentencing

Clinks welcomes the opportunity to respond to the request for comments that could contribute to a White Paper to be published in the Autumn. The suggestions are structured around the key stages in the criminal justice process and particularly identify the potential for the enhanced role of the VCS. Clinks’ response recommends appropriate use of prison and diversion from custody; investment in restorative justice; and attention to diversity issues. Download it at: Clinks Responses

 

CLINKS PUBLICATION: latest Volunteering Guide published

‘Service User Involvement’ is the latest resource published by Clinks’ Volunteering and Mentoring Network. Voluntary and community organisations, statutory agencies and other groups working with offenders, ex-offenders and their families are constantly looking to improve the services they offer their service users. ‘Service user involvement’ – where an organisation involves service users in planning, managing or delivering the services that it provides – is recognised as an effective tool to achieve this. Written by service users, this guide provides a structured and accessible introduction to involving offenders and ex-offenders in your work, including examples of good practice, checklists and signposting to further information and support. Download it at: Clinks Volunteering Guides

 

CLINKS REPORT: the future of volunteering and mentoring

The Clinks volunteering and mentoring network open space event was an opportunity for our members and stakeholders to get together and discuss the impact of new Government ideas and future Government action on volunteering and mentoring in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). The day was designed to be led by the attendees and the agenda to be created by them. Discussion in groups led to recommendations that Clinks will take forward in responding to the forthcoming Coalition Government green paper on criminal justice, ‘The Rehabilitation Revolution’. Read the event report at: Clinks Event Reports

 

CLINKS GUIDANCE: on working with foreign national women offenders

This guidance has targeted foreign national women as a particularly vulnerable group which is over represented within the Criminal Justice System. It is based on the experience of organisations working with foreign national women and aims to provide some background information and guidance to those generic services that include foreign nationals within their client group, to increase the confidence of service providers, and help to ensure clients are treated appropriately. Download the guidance at: Clinks Reports

 

CLINKS SURVEY: on actual or anticipated funding cuts

Although it’s early days in the formation of coalition policy, Clinks would be interested in hearing from any organisations that have already experienced or anticipate funding cuts. Please send any responses to clare.hayes@clinks.org

 

CLINKS DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Clinks AGM 2011

Our AGM will be in Central London on Thursday 20th January. A time, speakers and content has yet to be confirmed and further details will be announced in due course.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: discussing the role of Probation staff

The Guardian invited a panel of probation service experts to discuss the role of the probation officer this week. It took the format of an online discussion forum, and raised some interesting debate with probation staff both supporting and scathing the current service. The discussion gives an indication of morale at different levels and the experts give tips and advice on how to begin a career within the probation service. Interesting reading at: Guardian Careers

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: NOMS annual report

The annual report and accounts of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) details the agency’s performance in 2009-10 alongside audited accounts for the year. This is the second annual report following the creation of NOMS in April 2008 as an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, bringing together prison and probation services to deliver the punishment and orders of the courts in custodial and community settings in England and Wales. Download it at: MoJ

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: drug strategy consultation

The Home Office has launched a targeted consultation on the new drug strategy. This provides an early opportunity for all stakeholders to contribute to the development of the new drug strategy. The consultation is structured around four key themes: preventing drug use; strengthening enforcement, criminal justice and legal framework; rebalancing treatment to support drug-free outcomes; and supporting recovery to break the cycle of drug addiction. The consultation is open until 30th September at: Home Office

 

AWARDS: for young people making a difference

The deadline for the Philip Lawrence Awards has been extended to 24th September. The Awards seek young people who are making a difference to their community. From tackling issues like bullying and antisocial behaviour to improving their communities and having fun, inspiring groups are volunteering their time and proving that young people can be a force for good. Winners receive £1,000 prize money and loads of promotional extras. Nominate your project at: Philip Lawrence Awards

 

FUNDING: Education grants

The Educational Maintenance Allowance means up to £30/week in term time is available to older teens for attending school. The exact amount depends on parental income and where you live, though, as a rough rule of thumb, any teen from households with combined income less than £33,100 should check to see if they're eligible for something, and everyone from households with under £20,300, no matter where in the UK, should get the full amount. Details at: EMA

 

FUNDING: rural communities

The Richmondshire Business Support Grants aims to boost the vitality of the North Yorkshire area's market towns and rural communities and facilitate business development, supporting projects that generate increased business turnover, competitiveness and job creation in the district. Grants of up to £5,000 are available, and can cover up to 50% of total project costs. The deadline for receipt of applications is 8th October 2010. Contact Kate Loughlin  

 

FUNDING: for projects in Hackney

Hackney Council Grants Programme provides up to £50,000 to enable the voluntary and community sector to deliver service to local people, to deliver the Mayor's priorities for the borough and to support the delivery of Hackney's Community Strategy which aims to reduce inequality and poverty. Funding is available to support activities and services that reduce poverty, raise educational aspirations, promote health and wellbeing, make the borough safer, promote mixed communities, work towards a sustainable community, or provide holiday play schemes. Applications must be submitted by 22nd September 2010 at: Hackney Council

 

EVENT: CJM 2010

Clinks has managed to get 50% off tickets to this year’s Criminal Justice Matters conference [6th October, London, £125 offer price]. With representations from the Home Office, NPIA, Ministry of Justice, The Probation Association, and Criminal Justice Board, this is one of the leading events for those involved in criminal justice policy. This year’s conference delicately balances the diverse yet agenda-pressing initiatives, which will transform the criminal justice system into an effective and efficient service. To attend at the half price rate, you will need to quote ‘Clinks Light Lunch’ when emailing carl.price@govnet.co.uk

 

EVENT: musical rehabilitation

'Close to the Edge' is a Changing Tunes conference [19th October, London, £45 VCS] that will look at practical ways to re-personalise the Criminal Justice System and the role of hope in rehabilitation. Shadd Maruna will be the keynote speaker and ex-prisoners will be performing and speaking about their lives. Changing Tunes would particularly welcome delegates from the voluntary sector and the Criminal Justice System. More information and bookings at: Changing Tunes

 

EVENT: meet the commissioners

'Commissioning under the Coalition' is a NOMS East of England event [2nd November, Stradishall, Suffolk] that will provide an opportunity for both the commissioners and voluntary sector to explore, learn and share the challenges of designing and delivering innovative services together. The East of England Director of Offender Management and Clinks Director, Clive Martin, will be attending, and the day will include workshops on Black and Minority Ethnic Offenders; Women Offenders; Reducing Reoffending Through the Arts and Transition to Adulthood in Criminal Justice. For details and bookings, email Lisa McBride

 

EVENT: drug law reform

'Drugs and Offending: Thinking the Unthinkable' is the topic for debate at the 2010 HACRO AGM [22nd September, Welwyn Garden City]. The debate will focus on a growing recognition around the world that the prohibition of drugs is a counterproductive failure.  However, a major barrier to drug law reform has been a widespread fear of the unknown. For details and to book your place please call 01727 854727 or email hacro.office@zen.co.uk

 

CAMPAIGN: mental health social experiment

As previewed in last week's Light Lunch, Time to Change's 'Don't get me wrong' campaign launched this week. Seven people with mental health problems put themselves forward to find out if revealing their mental health problem would make a difference when looking for a date or a new flatmate. The volunteers received 50% less interest on dating sites when they revealed their mental health problem and 68% less interest on flatshare sites. Find out more and pledge your support at: Time to Change

 

CAMPAIGN: raise the age of criminal responsibility

Barnardos has a new position on youth justice and has launched the ‘Kids Inside’ campaign, calling for the Government to consider raising the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales to 12 for all offences other than murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, rape and aggravated sexual assault. The campaign proposed family intervention projects can be a more effective way to challenge children and their parents to face the consequences of their bad behaviour and to support them to change. Get involved at: Kids Inside

 

RESOURCE: Trustees Week

Trustees' Week is an annual event [25th – 31st October] to highlight the great work that trustees do and to draw attention to the opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. In the run-up to 25th October the Trustees’ Week website will be updated regularly with news and information.

 

RESOURCE: mapping successful local partnerships

Compact Voice has published a unique map, showing the difference local partnerships have made across the country. The map highlights 15 “green-flagged” areas where using the Compact has delivered real benefits to transform the lives of people and groups in the community. Further local areas will be highlighted in the future with the map updated as additional examples are gathered and Compact Voice encourages local groups to contact them about their own local area. Find out more at: Compact Voice

 

OPPORTUNITY: to showcase your work with children and families of offenders

NOMS and DfE are conducting a review of local authority areas where there is good practice to support the children and families of offenders. They are interested in areas where there is innovative, joined-up working between local authority services, criminal justice agencies and the voluntary sector. The focus is on highlighting the drivers and barriers to a joined-up approach, and understanding how government can better support joined-up local practice. They'd like to hear from senior personnel in local authority areas that consider themselves to be working in this way. Email a summary of your work to Jane Glover or Tim Carter

 

OPPORTUNITY: playwriting for ex-prisoners

‘Tales of the Unexpected’ is a free playwriting project for ex-prisoners, run by Synergy Theatre Project.  Meeting on Wednesday evenings from 6 October to 8 December at the Royal Court Theatre, London, participants will work with professional playwrights and there will be a presentation of work at the end, performed by professional actors.  To apply, please send us a 4-page scene, dialogue, short story or story extract by 23rd September.  For more information, call 020 8237 1177 or email info@synergytheatreproject.co.uk

 

OPPORTUNITY: for young people to have a say

NCVYS are looking for 20 young people to run a consultation session with on Thursday 30th September from 5pm-6:30pm at the NCVYS Offices, Angel Islington. The consultation session is being led by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for Education.  This is a chance for young people to feed in their views about the great projects they’re involved in and also comment on the media’s negative portrayal of young people.  Light refreshments will be provided on the day and the young people receive either a £10 high street or cinema voucher for attending. Please contact Sarah Hadley by Wednesday 22nd September 2010.

 

TRAINING: learn about Islam

Do you work alongside Muslims or with people from the Muslim community? 'Understanding Islam & Muslims' is an introductory training course [October - December, Newcastle, £100] for teachers, practitioners and staff to learn, explore, challenge and ask about Islam in a safe space. The goal is to break down barriers and stereotypes surrounding the Muslim community. For dates and bookings, contact Lucy Hoyle

 

MEMBER VACANCIES

New vacancies this week include a Housing Project Worker for NACRO (London), freelance artists for Safe Ground (London), a Policy and Campaigns Officer for Criminal Justice Alliance (London), and a Head of Operations for Make Justice Work (London). View these and loads more vacancies at: Clinks Members vacancies

 

  

TIPS OF THE WEEK…

 

TIP OF THE WEEK I: Joseph Rowntree Foundation have done a brilliant Poverty Quiz, that tests your knowledge on the current levels of Poverty in the UK. Perfect for your lunch break at: http://povertyquiz.jrf.org.uk/

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II: Britannia Hotel Manchester is offering city-centre stays for £39 per person, per night, including breakfast and dinner, a free bottle of champagne in the room and an Executive room upgrade. This offer is valid seven days a week until 22nd December. Book by 29th September at: Britannia

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III: Sports Fans: Saracens Rugby Union club are offering 2for1 on tickets for their match at Wembley against Leinster [16th October]. There is liver pre-match music, and tickets cost between £15-£25 for two people. Call Saracens on 01727 792 800 and quote 'TZOO' to book.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Dining Out? Eat for £1 at ASK, and Prezzo; get 2for1 at HaHa!, and Strada; and get 50% off main courses at: Caffe Uno

 

TIP OF THE WEEK V: PetSmile Month is an initiative that provides a free dental check-up for your pet as well as advice on treatment and prevention. There are over 1,000 participating vets in the UK, find yours at: http://www.petsmile.org/home.html

 

TIP OF THE WEEK VI: Grab £15 tickets to see the English National Opera's Faust at the London Coliseum, worth £34 - £59, subject to availability. To get the £15 tickets, simply pick which Faust performance you wish to attend and enter the code 'MSEFAUST' at: ENO

 

TIP OF THE WEEK VII: Loads of free ideas for a kids party are available at: http://www.greenscakes.co.uk/freestuff/

 

TIP OF THE WEEK VIII: RSPB will post you a free 32 page 'Birds in your Garden' booklet when you fill in a form at: RSPB

Date Published:

17/09/2010

 

Source:

Clinks