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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 201

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

 

CLINKS NOTICE

CLINKS TRAINING: Volunteering with Offenders in the Community

CLINKS SURVEY: measuring the effect of the economic downturn

CLINKS DISCUSSION PAPER: measuring outcomes

CLINKS NEWS: Integrated Offender Management work

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: statistics on women published

FUNDING: to support women in need

FUNDING: employable communities in Merseyside

FUNDING: safer parks in London

FUNDING: to improve your youth justice workforce

COMMISSIONING: for unpaid work providers

EVENT: offender health

EVENT: restorative justice

EVENT: Family Support Work

CONSULTATION: on offender mental health

PUBLICATION: on offender mental health

PUBLICATION: survey of community development workers

PUBLICATION: recovery for drug misusers

RESOURCE: will collaboration work?

OPPORTUNITY: to share the experiences of young people in prison

OPPORTUNITY: to support offender employability

CLINKS MEMBER NEWS: office move

CLINKS MEMBERS VACANCIES

TIPS OF THE WEEK

 

 

 

 

CLINKS NOTICE

Clinks has sadly learnt that Jenny Roberts passed away last week, a few months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Following her retirement she was a founder member and Chair of the pioneering Asha Women’s Centre in Worcester from 2003 until June this year. Previously, Jenny was an influential and inspirational Chief Probation Officer until her retirement in 2001.  She was a committed advocate for reform in the delivery of criminal justice services for women offenders and the crucial role of the VCS in supporting vulnerable women. There will be a celebration of Jenny’s life at The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY on Thursday, 9th December, 2010 at 2pm.  Donations to Asha Women’s Centre, 8-10 Bath Road, Worcester WR5 3EL.

 

 

CLINKS TRAINING: Volunteering with Offenders in the Community

This 2-day course [25/26 January, London, £250 Clinks Members] provides a comprehensive introduction to working with offenders in the community. It explores key issues faced by volunteers, and the organisations that manage them. Participants receive a free copy of our "Volunteering with Offenders in the Community" resource pack which is written and produced in a flexible, easy to use format. It has been designed to support the training of staff and volunteers in the Voluntary and Community Sector who are working with offenders in the community. To book your place, visit Clinks Training.

 

 

CLINKS SURVEY: measuring the effect of the economic downturn

In Winter 2009, we surveyed the Sector to capture your experiences of the economic downturn. A year on, we would like to know your current situation so that we can monitor the impact on the VCS working in the CJS. The information you provide will enable us to ensure we are providing the support needed, and help our member organisations continue to deliver their high-quality services through these challenging times. The survey is completely anonymous, and should only take 5 minutes. Take part at: Clinks Survey.

 

 

CLINKS DISCUSSION PAPER: measuring outcomes

'A new focus on measuring outcomes: where do we start' is the fourth discussion paper in the recent Clinks series that aims to inform Clinks Members and to stimulate debate of the issues that are expected to feature heavily in the new coalition Government’s rehabilitation Green Paper, due for publication in 2010. This discussion paper highlights the key issues affecting outcome measurement in Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) work with offenders, raises considerations for smaller organisations, and provides examples of organisations in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) that have been successful in monitoring their outcomes. Download it at: Clinks Discussion Papers.

 

 

CLINKS NEWS: Integrated Offender Management work

Clinks has been invited to work in partnership with the Home Office until 31st March 2011, to strengthen the role of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in Integrated Offender Management (IOM) in four selected ‘development and demonstration’ areas: Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole; Croydon; Gloucestershire; and Leeds. We are now actively supporting the partners in all four areas that have made successful applications for Home Office funding to develop and implement locally-inspired, VCS-led proposals that will in different ways achieve innovative VCS involvement in local IOM arrangements. Full details at: Clinks Regional Work.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: statistics on women published

A summary report bringing together statistics produced by a range of agencies relating to the experience of women within the criminal justice system has been published by the Ministry of Justice. The report shows a higher proportion of female defendants received fines than males (77% compared with 63%), but lower proportions of female defendants received community sentences (10% compared with 16%), suspended sentences (2% compared with 4%), and immediate custody (3% and 9% respectively). In 2009, more than one in three female prisoners (37%) self-harmed compared with fewer than one in ten males (7%). Download the report at: MoJ.

 

 

FUNDING: to support women in need

The Society for the Assistance for Ladies in Reduced Circumstances (SALRC) has announced that in 2011, it will make £50,000 available for grants to other organisations. The Society provides support to women resident in the UK who are living alone in their own home (either owned or rented) and in genuine need, irrespective of age or social status. Applications will be considered for funding towards projects which will broaden the existing work of organisations based and operating in the UK. Priority will be given to smaller projects where it can be demonstrated that the Society's grant will make a real difference. The deadline for applications is 25th March 2011 at: SALRC.

 

 

FUNDING: employable communities in Merseyside

The Merseyside Employable Communities Fund aims to encourage social integration and grassroots community work, which helps those at greatest disadvantage who would not usually access European Social Funding through mainstream services. It aims to break down barriers to employment, boost confidence, self-esteem and help people to develop usable skills, including young people at school leaving age who are not in employment, education or training (NEET).Grants of up to £12,000 per year are available to organisations whose work benefits people in the boroughs of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens or Wirral. The deadline for applications is today [26th November] at: Community Foundation Merseyside.

 

 

FUNDING: safer parks in London

Have you transformed your park from a place where no one wants to go to a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together? Have you created a peaceful city haven where anti-social behaviour and crime are a thing of the past? If so, the London Mayor's Safer Parks Award will be open to applications this Tuesday 30th November at: London.gov.uk.

 

 

FUNDING: to improve your youth justice workforce

The Share and Learn Grant Scheme will support VCS front-line organisations who deliver services to children, young people and families to share their experience of supporting and developing staff and volunteers and enable other front-line organisations to learn from their practice. The scheme will sign-up 13 Workforce Development Champions across England, who will share information about their work and host learning visits. A small number of grants are also available to 26 front-line organisations (known as Learning Partners) to take part in learning visits. Application deadline for Champions is the 16th December 2010 and for Learning Partners the deadline is 14th January 2011 at: NCVYS.

 

 

COMMISSIONING: for unpaid work providers

The West Yorkshire Probation Trust wishes to establish a Qualified Provider List for the provision of supervised Unpaid Work/ Community Payback Offender Placements. The list will identify organisations that have the capacity and expertise to provide appropriate work and supervision of offenders, under contract to the Trust. Work is normally to be undertaken in supervised groups of average size between 5 to 7 offenders which a Provider employed supervisor will oversee. For informal enquiries contact Christine Milner.

 

 

EVENT: offender health

'Making it Just' is a South West Offender Health Research Network conference [1st February 2011, Bristol, Free] that aims to explore how the public, voluntary and community sectors can work together to more effectively deliver health and social care services for people in the Criminal Justice System. Speakers include Clinks Director Clive Martin, Prison Reform Trust Director Juliet Lyon, and ex-Clinks chair Professor Rod Morgan.  Voluntary and community based organisations and projects are also invited to promote their work at the conference.  For more information and bookings, visit SWOHRN.

 

 

EVENT: restorative justice

'Restorative Justice, Policing and the Big Society' is a Restorative Justice Council event [16th February 2011, Manchester, £50 RJC members] that will highlight how the police can work in effective partnerships with community based organisations to deliver restorative justice, engaging society in responding to crime. Nick Herbert MP is the keynote speaker, and more information is available by emailing Gemma.

 

 

EVENT: Family Support Work

Action for Prisoners Families and NOMS are holding a forum [15th December, London, Free] for practitioners and commissioners. The forum will cover the prison based model piloted over the last two years by NOMS with Prison Advice and Care Trust (pact) and Safe Ground. For more information and to reserve your place, email Stephen Nash.

 

 

CONSULTATION: on offender mental health

The Centre for Mental Health is trying to find out who their work is reaching and how people use it. Their survey will only take you a couple of minutes and you could win £50 of Amazon.co.uk vouchers in the prize draw. The deadline is 29 November 2010 at: Centre for Mental Health.

 

 

PUBLICATION: on offender mental health

'Beyond the Gate' is the latest briefing from Centre for Mental Health. It states it is possible to support people with mental health problems and offending histories into mainstream employment, from whichever part of the criminal justice system they are in. Beyond the Gate uses real examples from employers, prisons and probation services across England to sets out five elements of effective practice in securing employment for offenders. It is free to download at: Centre for Mental Health.

 

 

PUBLICATION: survey of community development workers

A new report has been published based on the Community Development Foundation's 2009 survey of community development practitioners and managers. The report shows that community development practitioners spent nearly a third of their time working face to face with community members; however the majority would like to spend more of their time working in this way. The majority of respondents specified that they would like additional support and this was specifically the case for volunteers, who were the least likely to receive support. Career development is highlighted as being an area where practitioners are less likely to receive support. Download at: CDF.

 

 

PUBLICATION: recovery for drug misusers

'Whole Person Recovery' is a new report from the RSA, that states drug misusers need a personalised package of support with greater control over their individual drug treatment in order to sustain their road back to recovery. The report finds that key factors to recovery include reducing stigmatisation within communities, peer support groups and networks are critical, and services such should be commissioned based on individual need. Download the report at RSA.

 

 

RESOURCE: will collaboration work?

'Making a difference together?' is a new Charities Evaluation Services guide that helps organisations understand collaboration. It features five sections: Prepare, Engage, Plan Together, Monitor, and Evaluate. It is written in a neutral tone that provides the facts and allows the reader to decide if collaboration is best for their organisation. Download it free at: CES.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: to share the experiences of young people in prison

Stephen Morrison, Media Practitioner with StandBy Productions, is seeking research interviews for his film 48 hours.  The story is centred around Sean, an 18 year old who is being held in a Russian prison awaiting his trial.  He has 2 days before he stands trial for attempted murder, he is looking back on the moments in life that have lead him to this point. He would like to talk to practitioners with experience of young people who have been to prison and young offender institutions. This will help further his understanding of the mindsets of those who have spent time inside and how it has changed them. If you're interested contact Stephen, or find out more about the film here.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: to support offender employability

G4S recently launched 'The Work Programme', which aims to support millions of people into secure and lasting employment and make inroads into eradicating child poverty and kick-starting social mobility. The Programme has an ongoing consultation that offers organisations the chance to become part of their supply chain, as well as provide feedback on their model for delivering high-quality employment services. The dedicated website includes loads of information, as well as contact details for their regional staff. Visit www.g4swelfaretowork.com.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBER NEWS: office move

Make Justice Work have relocated to new offices and appointed a new Head of Operations. The organisation will be based at 3rd Floor, 26a Ganton Street, London, W1F 7QZ. Contact the new Head of Operations, Lulu Cane.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBERS VACANCIES

Back on Track are recruiting a Volunteering Development Worker [Manchester] to develop their work supporting ex-offenders to volunteer successfully. Details at: Clinks Members Vacancies

 

 

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TIPS OF THE WEEK…

 

TIP OF THE WEEK I: Christmas shopping online? 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 train tickets to clothes to office supplies to hotels! You can withdraw money whenever you like. There really are no catches, just free money for doing what you do anyway! Start now at: Topcashback.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II: Get 20% off at clothing shop ASOS till Tues 30th Nov, on ASOS branded items only. Use the code 'ASOS20' at www.asos.com.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III: Get a free drink in Pitcher & Piano by registering here, a free Air Wick Mulled wine candle when you register here.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Write to Santa for free! Send your child's letter with a second class stamp to Santa, Santa's Grotto, Reindeerland, SAN TA1. It needs to be sent by 15th December, and you'll receive a reply.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK V: The Hilton Avisford Park hotel, in rural Sussex, is offering 2 night stays for £69 per person. These breaks include full English breakfast on both mornings, a 3-course dinner on the first night, with a free bottle of wine. Guests also have access to the leisure facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and fitness centre. This offer is valid on stays seven days a week from 1 January-31 March, 2011 at: Hilton.

 

 

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Date Published:

26/11/2010

 

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