IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…
CLINKS CONGRATULATIONS: member wins award
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: US imprisonment
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: new domestic violence strategy
YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM: resource for practitioners launched
GOVERNMENT NEWS: opposition form voluntary sector group
GOVERNMENT NEWS: new awards launched
FUNDING: Transition Fund open
FUNDING: for Easter holiday activities
FUNDING: for children, young people and families
FUNDING: to work with young people in need
FUNDING: Television competition
FUNDING: for social inclusion
EVENT: Charity Christmas showroom open
EVENT: musical fundraiser
TRAINING: youth gang violence
PUBLICATION: greater involvement of victims
RESOURCE: setting up a social enterprise?
RESOURCE: new VCS network
OPPORTUNITY: share your success
OPPORTUNITY: to raise awareness of young people with a mum in prison
OPPORTUNITY: to promote your organisation
CLINKS MEMBERS VACANCIES
TIPS OF THE WEEK
The last Light Lunch of 2010 will be next Friday 17th December, and the first of 2011 will be Friday 14th January. The deadline to submit articles for the last edition of this year is 5pm Wednesday 15th December.
CLINKS TENDER OPPORTUNITY: Informal Mentoring Project
Clinks are inviting tenders to deliver a locally based informal mentoring service for offenders. We will fund two pilot projects until June 2012, with the aim of rolling it out nationally so that every offender will be offered a local volunteer mentor within five years. The allocated budget for each project is £100,000 inclusive of VAT, and we are inviting tenders from Individual organisations or consortia. We anticipate that one of the two pilots will be led by an organisation with experience of working in the Criminal Justice System and the other by a delivery organisation with a broad based community focus. The deadline for submission is 12th January 2011; interested parties can download the full tender specifications from the Clinks website.
CLINKS DISCUSSION PAPER: outsourcing criminal justice services to the VCS
'Criminal justice outsourcing: what is the potential role of the VCS?' is the latest discussion paper that aims to stimulate debate on the features of the criminal justice Green Paper. This paper is focussed on the potential for the VCS to deliver correctional services in custody and the community, including possible new forms of criminal justice delivery which are not currently provided by either the probation or prison services. It includes the policy context, current areas where opportunities might exist and some of the challenges faced by the VCS in delivering correctional services. Download it at: Clinks Discussion Papers.
CLINKS EVENTS: Green Paper consultations [South West]
Clinks will be holding three consultation events on the Green Paper in the South West [27th January - Dorset, 28th January - Cornwall, 31st January - Gloucestershire] aimed atproviding an opportunity to feedback into the rehabilitation revolution green paper consultation process and discussing what it means for the VCS. The events will provide a key opportunity for the VCS to feed back in the consultation process and hear how the Green Paper will affect key statutory services such as Probation, Police and Prisons. More information and bookings at: Clinks Events.
CLINKS EVENTS: Green paper consultations [rest of England]
Clinks will also be holding a series of Open Space sessions [1st February – Birmingham, 2nd February – Manchester, 3rd February - Newcastle] aimed at discussing the new criminal justice green paper and helping us feed into the consultation. Full details haven’t been released yet, so save the date and look out for details in future Light Lunches.
The Ministry of Justice have now published their criminal justice green paper 'Breaking the Cycle: effective punishment, rehabilitation and sentencing of offenders'. The consultation for the paper runs until the 4th March, and as you will see above Clinks is hosting a number of events for the VCS around the country to inform our response. You can download the consultation document here, and see what a selection of Clinks members have to say here.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: police reform
The first ever local elections to give people direct influence over action to tackle crime in their area through new Police and Crime Commissioners and new powers for councils to tackle problem pubs and clubs were among measures unveiled today by the Home Secretary Theresa May last week. The new Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill will also rebalance the Licensing Act to give the public and local agencies an even greater say over policies to tackle crime and disorder. Find out more at: Home Office.
The Office for Civil Society has published a green paper on commissioning, calling for views on how the government can create a level playing field for voluntary organisations bidding for public service contracts. Interested parties have until 5 January to respond to the Modernising Commissioning green paper, which does not contain specific new proposals, but instead seeks views on the government's current plans for action. Find out more and have your say at: OCS.
GOVERNMENT NEWS: drug strategy published
'Reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery: supporting people to live a drug-free life' is the new Drug Strategy launched this week by the Home Office. The strategy sets out the Government’s approach to tackling drugs and addressing alcohol dependence, both of which are key causes of societal harm, including crime, family breakdown and poverty. Home Secretary, Theresa May, says: "The causes and drivers of drug and alcohol dependence are complex and personal. The solutions need to be holistic and centred around each individual, with the expectation that full recovery is possible and desirable." Download the strategy at: Home Office.
Clinks Member Circles UK has won the prestigious 2010 Longford Prize. The Judges made the award “in recognition of Circles UK’s courage, commitment and innovation in working, on their release from prison, with sex offenders, one of the most marginalised groups in our society. Circles UK brings together voluntary and statutory partners, including victims’ groups, in a constructive alternative response which provides a much greater opportunity for preventing further crime, rehabilitating the offender, and achieving safer communities for us all” Congratulations to the team! Find out more about Circles UK at: http://www.circles-uk.org.uk/.
CLINKS CONGRATULATIONS: Gwellheans wins award
Redruth based charity, Gwellheans Ltd, has been honoured with a prestigious National Training Award in the Small Employer Award category for aiming to be an emotionally intelligent substance misuse service provider. Gwellheans is a non-residential facility that supports adults in recovery from drug and alcohol issues through its structured day programmes. This award is in recognition of their outstanding contribution and commitment to training, learning and development in the workplace. Congratulations to Steve and his team. Find out more at Gwellheans Ltd.
COMMISSIONING: various opportunities in Hounslow
The London Borough of Hounslow has a number of commissioning opportunities for the Voluntary and Community Sector. They are looking to commission voluntary sector services for advice services; art and building civic pride; capacity building the Sector; equality and diversity; vulnerable adults; volunteering; and young people. Find out about these opportunities at: London Borough of Hounslow.
The Ford Britain Trust awards grants in support of the communities in which Ford's employees work and live. Grants of up to £3,000 are available to qualifying organisations that meet its selection criteria. The Trust pays special attention to projects focusing on: education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities, and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to Ford's UK locations. The next deadline is 1st March at: Ford.
FUNDING: to improve public amenities
The Whitemoss Community Fund offers grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 to not-for-profit groups in the Skelmersdale area of West Lancashire. The funding aims to support community and environmental projects delivering improvements to public amenities, such as cycle paths, sports facilities, community centres, and open spaces. The deadline for applications is 9th March at: Grantscape.
FUNDING: to support young homeless people
LandAid’s Annual Grants Programme has now opened and is inviting applications for funding. If your organisation has a project which helps disadvantaged or homeless people, especially the young, then you can apply for up to £25,000 to provide accommodation or assist in meeting accommodation needs; refurbish or renew facilities; or deliver training, life skills or other educational programmes. The deadline for applications is 31st January at: LandAid.
FUNDING: to organise health events
NAVCA is inviting members and local affiliates to apply for up to £3,000 to organise and host a learning and networking event on the new health structures being developed in your local area. Your event will need to bring together local support and development organisations, local voluntary organisations and community groups, emerging GP consortia, public health and local authority partners. The deadline for applications is Friday 17 December. Find out more at: NAVCA.
FUNDING: to support homeless projects
Help the Homeless, a national Charity which aims to help homeless people throughout the United Kingdom to resume a normal life, is currently accepting applications from small and medium sized charities and voluntary organisations. Grants of up to £3,000 are available towards capital costs to support projects that assist disadvantaged individuals in their return to mainstream society, through residential or training facilities. The deadline for applications is 31st December at: Help the Homeless.
EVENT: free night of music in central London
ART SAVES LIVES presents 'The Grand Finale to Great Year' - a free night of music, poetry and performances at The Hot Tap Theatre and Arts Space, New Cross Gate, London- just one stop from London Bridge. Doors open 7.30pm on Tuesday 21st December. Find out more by emailing Dean Stalham.
PUBLICATION: increasing Sector income
'Funding the Future' is a new NCVO report that says "the nice decade" and the "years of plenty" are over and the country is going to see the biggest spending cuts and most radical changes to public services since the Second World War. The report sets out clear recommendations for civil society organisations (CSOs), funders and commissioners, infrastructure bodies and the government to bolster all income streams for the sector, including individual giving, trading income, grants, public sector contracts and private investment. Download it at: NCVO.
RESOURCE: Alcohol Diversion Scheme
The Alcohol Diversion Scheme has been launched in Devon, and aims to give people who are arrested due to drunkenness an opportunity to attend an interactive course. It is aimed at encouraging attendees to reduce their alcohol intake and assess the impact of drink on them and those around them. It will also empower them to change their drinking habits. Aimed at new entrants into the Criminal Justice System, it will also be available to offenders who are subject to probation supervision, Acceptable Behavioural Contracts, Youth Offending Team supervision or those subject to treatment pathways. This initiative is part of a wider delivery of Integrated Offender Management. To find out more about the scheme, email Jennifer Bliss.
RESOURCE: toolkit for running prison Family Day visits
'Kids VIP has launched a new resource for all staff involved in developing and running Family Day Visits. The ‘How to Run a Family Day Toolkit' is a comprehensive guide covering planning, security, health and safety and a range of tried and tested themes and activities for children and young people. It is also supported by additional downloadable resources from our special Family Day website which include more play and activity ideas, behaviour policies and case studies. The pack costs £30 and can be ordered from firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLINKS MEMBERS’ VACANCIES
Foundation are seeking a part time Director for the Women’s Centre Forum [home-based]. Details at:Clinks Members' Vacancies
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TIP OF THE WEEK I: British Gas is offering its over-60s customers grants for free cavity wall insulation. You do not need to be on benefits or a low income, as with many free installation schemes. Call 0800 068 0032 to arrange for survey to be carried out at a convenient time.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: The Britannia North Stafford Hotel in Stoke-on-Trent has released a rate of £23 per person, per night, including breakfast, a 3-course buffet dinner and an hour of select free drinks in the hotel. Rooms are available every night until 28 February, 2011. Book by 22 December at: Britannia.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: Three-night breaks are now available for £150, per apartment for two people at three countryside retreats - Lancashire, Devon and Norfolk. The rate is valid for stays in a studio apartment, Sunday to Thursday from 4 January to 4 February, and 21 February to 31 March, 2011. Stays on Friday and Saturday nights are an extra £5 per night. Book by 24th December at: Diamond Resorts
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