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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 192

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

 

CLINKS EVENT: Anne Peaker Debate on Arts in Criminal Justice

CLINKS TRAINING: working with volunteers

CLINKS NEWS: new service pilots for most vulnerable

CLINKS PUBLICATION: Valuing the arts in criminal justice

CLINKS PUBLICATION: latest Volunteering Guide published

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: MoJ finances

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: piloting Mental Health Courts

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: piloting alternatives to fines

FUNDING: small grants for Kingston

FUNDING: music in prison

EVENT: T2A at the Labour Party conference

EVENT: prisoners’ families conference

EVENT: prisoners’ families conference

EVENT: alternatives to grant funding

EVENT: effective policing

EVENT: annual penal reform lecture

EVENT: managing sex offenders national conference

CAMPAIGN: supporting prisoners and their families

PUBLICATION: criminal justice expenditure

SUPPORT NEEDED: gun and knife crime resources

CLINKS MEMBERS OFFER: office space to rent

TIPS OF THE WEEK

EXTRA Information

 

 

 

CLINKS EVENT: Anne Peaker Debate on Arts in Criminal Justice

Are the arts essential to the rehabilitation of offenders? This will be the topic of the inaugural debate in memory of Anne Peaker, who was an inspirational researcher and advocate in the field of arts in criminal justice [7.00pm 28th September, London Southbank Centre, free]. Jude Kelly OBE, Artistic Director of Southbank, who is chairing the event will be joined by Crispin Blunt MP (Prisons Minister), Philip Wheatley (former Director General of NOMS), Alison Liebling (Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge), David Yelland (former editor of The Sun), and Lorraine Maher (Community arts practitioner). With more to be confirmed this is set to be a debate of the highest quality. Book your free place by emailing: Jean Coates

 

 

CLINKS TRAINING: working with volunteers

Does your organisation work with volunteers? Would you like the opportunity to learn more about recruiting, managing and supervising volunteers? Clinks is offering a free one day training course run by SOVA [10.30-3.30 13th October, Birmingham, free] aimed particularly at small organisations who would like to improve their skills in order to provide volunteering and mentoring of a high quality. This event is being organised by the Clinks Volunteering & Mentoring Network. Book your place at: Clinks Training

 

 

CLINKS NEWS: new service pilots for most vulnerable

The Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition, consisting of Clinks, DrugScope, Homeless Link and Mind, has launched three local pilots that will coordinate existing services for people facing multiple needs and exclusions, improve outcomes and deliver better value for money. The services will be based in Cambridgeshire, Somerset (Mendip and Sedgemoor), and Derby, and we'll be organising a set of regional learning events and a national conference to promote the findings and learning from the pilots. Find out more at: MEAM

 

 

CLINKS PUBLICATION: Valuing the arts in criminal justice

'What really works? Arts with offenders' is a new brochure from the Clinks-managed Arts Alliance. The brochure offers a snapshot of the huge variety of arts initiatives taking place in the Criminal Justice System, together with findings from research and the experiences of participants and staff who know the benefits that art offers offenders in their rehabilitation. Download the brochure at: Clinks Publications

 

 

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

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: MoJ finances

The Ministry of Justice spent £9.8bn in the year ending March 2010. See the latest Resource Accounts 2009-10 at: MoJ

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: piloting Mental Health Courts

The Mental Health Court (MHC) model was piloted at two magistrates’ courts in 2009, and the feasibility study from these two pilots has been published. The study asked if it was feasible to evaluate impact of the pilots. An impact evaluation would look at what happens to those who go through the MHC, compared to what would have happened had they not. The study found that a random control trial or an area comparison would be possible, but could only measure criminal justice outcomes. Find out more at: MoJ

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: piloting alternatives to fines

The Fine Payment Work scheme was piloted in seven areas, offering those who could not pay their fines by any of the normal means the option to work off the outstanding financial penalty by undertaking unpaid work. The process evaluation of the pilots has been published and found that there was overall support in principle for the scheme from practitioners and offenders. Take-up for the scheme varied considerably across the pilot areas and was improved by having a ‘champion’ from Her Majesty’s Court Service or the Probation Service to promote the use of the scheme. Read more at: MoJ

 

 

FUNDING: small grants for Kingston

One-year grants, of up to £750, are available for voluntary organisations which work across the London's Kingston Borough. Applications can be made for one-off projects/events or running costs. Projects can be for activities which benefit local residents including arts, sports, youth and cultural activities as well as for older people, disabled people and families. Applications are particularly welcome from groups which have raised some funds by their own efforts and can demonstrate why full costs cannot be met from fees from users/members. Applications must be submitted by 28th January 2011 at: Kingston Council

 

 

FUNDING: music in prison

Youth Music has grants of between £5,000 and £30,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations that work with children and young people in England. One of their priority areas is 'Challenging Circumstances' - improving the life chances of children and young people in the most challenging circumstances by supporting them to achieve their full potential through engagement and progression in music making. This includes people under the age of 25 in detention. More info at: Youth Music

EVENT: T2A at the Labour Party conference

‘Better for Less: Robust community alternatives to custody for young people’ is the Transition to Adulthood Alliance’s Labour Party fringe event [28th September, 1pm-2pm, Youth Zone, Manchester]. Speakers include: Rushanara Ali MP, Frances Crook, Director of the Howard League, Pat Thompson, Assistant Director of Communications at Catch22 and Jane Slowey, Chief Executive of Foyer Federation. The event will be chaired by Ruth Cadbury, Chair of the Barrow Cadbury Trust. To register for the event, contact Andrew Legon. NB: You must have a Labour Party conference pass to attend.

 

 

EVENT: prisoners’ families conference

'Making a fresh start: prisons, families communities' is pact's annual conference [5th November, Nottingham, £130] featuring keynote speeches from Michael Spurr and Nick Hardwick. It's an opportunity to spend a day in the company of others in the field, focusing on families and communities and how they can play an integral part in reducing crime. Delegates will enjoy a day of fresh thinking, workshops and speeches in the beautiful surroundings of Nottingham's Albert Hall. The 25% early bird discount expires today, so book online at www.pactevents.org.uk

 

 

EVENT: prisoners’ families conference

Demonstrating the Impact of work with Prisoners’ Families is the theme of Action for Prisoners’ Families annual conference [18th November, London, £95 VCS]. Keynote speakers include Michael Spurr, Martin Brooke, and Nicholas Hardwick, with workshops from Safeground, Pact and NEPACS amongst others. Download a booking form here

 

 

EVENT: alternatives to grant funding

'Alternatives to Grant Funding - Looking at Commissioning and Social Impact Bonds' is an Action for Prisoners Families forum [14th October, Peterborough, free to APF members]. Sessions will be delivered by St Giles Trust and Social Finance, amongst others, and will cover Social Enterprise funding, Social Impact Bonds, commissioning and Specification Benchmarking and Costing (SBC). £30 per place for non-members.  To book your place, email Sophie Moorcock

 

 

EVENT: effective policing

'How Best Can We Deliver The Most Effective Policing In The 21st Century' is a one day seminar [29th October, London, £250 - discounts available for VCS] which encourages brief, focused presentations followed by engaged discussion by all attending in a relaxed setting. Presentations of interest to Light Lunch readers include working in partnership, achieving Big Society, community engagement and maintaining excellence when facing cutbacks. Details and bookings at: CCPSeminars

 

 

EVENT: annual penal reform lecture

Nick Herbert MP will be the guest speaker at the Howard League for Penal Reform's annual Parmoor lecture [21st October, 6pm, London]. Find out more and book your place at: Howard League

 

 

EVENT: managing sex offenders national conference

‘Ever increasing circles?’ is the Circles UK annual national conference [20th October, Birmingham, VCS £75], which will look to share learning from the growing number of Circles of Support and Accountability in managing sex offenders in the community and explore how the Circles partnerships with statutory and voluntary colleagues  can be strengthened in the face of current and future challenges.  Booking closes on 8th October; for more info and to book go to www.circles-uk.org.uk

 

 

CAMPAIGN: supporting prisoners and their families

'Love Beyond Bars' is a new Prison Fellowship campaign to provide extra volunteer support to Britain’s 87,000+ prisoners. Amongst the schemes open to volunteer assistance are prayer groups, Sycamore Tree, Angel Tree (a scheme which enables children of prisoners to receive a Christmas gift) and the newly re-launched Letter Writing scheme to inmates. Details at: Prison Fellowship

 

 

PUBLICATION: criminal justice expenditure

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies have launched their third and final report on criminal justice expenditure under Labour. Covering the magistrates’ courts and the Crown Court, the briefing examines expenditure between 1999 and 2009. It highlights significant rises in real terms expenditure during this period. By 2009 spending on the criminal courts had risen to more than a billion pounds, and this despite staffing cuts. Download it at: CCJS

 

 

SUPPORT NEEDED: gun and knife crime resources

A Relaxation Therapist, working with young offenders in HMYOI Ashfield (Bristol), is seeking resources and information on gun and knife crime gangs for some rehabilitative workshops she is running. If you're able to help or signpost, please contact jane.giddings@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

CLINKS MEMBERS OFFER: office space to rent

Adfam have 5 desks to rent in Central London, 2 minutes walk from Old Street station. £3,000 per desk, per annum includes office facilities (photocopier, printer, internet and kitchen) and use of the meeting room (by arrangement). Interested? Contact Justin Mulcahy

 

 

 

TIPS OF THE WEEK…

 

TIP OF THE WEEK I: 'Free Wills Month', October 2010, brings together well respected charities to offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their Wills written or updated free of charge by using participating solicitors in specific locations. Find your nearest at: http://www.freewillsmonth.org.uk/

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II:National Express coaches are selling 100,000 cross-country seats for £1 across certain routes for travel up to and including Sun 12 Dec. Book by 14th November at: National Express

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III: If you're over 55 you can travel between any two stations within a specified zone in England, standard class, off-peak for £15 return. Check the zones at: Club 55

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Get £10 tickets to see English National Opera's The Makropulos Case at the London Coliseum, for two shows only - Friday 24th Sept at 7.30pm or Sunday 26th September at 3pm. The offer is only for Dress Circle seats, which are usually £69 - £90. Enter discount code 'MSEMAKROP' at English National Opera

 

TIP OF THE WEEK V: The 4-star Norton Park hotel in Winchester has launched an exclusive 2-night package for £95 per person which includes breakfast both mornings, dinner on the second night, £10 spa voucher and free bottle of wine. This deal is available for stays until 28 November. Book by 13 October at: Norton Park hotel

 

TIP OF THE WEEK VI: Virgin Trains is offering seats on the popular London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly route from £11 each way. The offer is available for travel Monday-Friday until 26 November, and you'll need to have a WAP-enabled mobile phone in order to receive the ticket confirmation. Book at: Virgin

 

Date Published:

23/09/2010

 

Source:

Clinks