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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 204

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

 

CLINKS NOTICE

CLINKS REPORT: BAME offender resettlement

CLINKS NEWS: service user involvement edition

CLINKS TENDER OPPORTUNITY: Informal Mentoring Project

CLINKS EVENTS: Green Paper consultations [South West]

CLINKS EVENTS: Green Paper consultations [rest of England]

GOVERNMENT NEWS: Localism Bill published

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new Compact published

CLINKS CONGRATULATIONS: Music in Prisons wins award

COMMISSIONING: qualified provider list for community payback

AWARDS: to increase internet use

FUNDING: to increase employment on Merseyside

CONSULTATION: on social return on investment

EVENT: prison book reading

EVENT: learned helplessness and failure

PUBLICATION: listening to young offenders

OPPORTUNITY: health and race workshops for your service users

OPPORTUNITY: more information about the CJS

RESOURCE: media guide to drugs

RESOURCE: population in custody

TIPS OF THE WEEK

 

  

   

LIGHT LUNCH NOTICE

As this is the last Light Lunch of 2010, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, pass on our best wishes for the festive break, and wish you good fortune and success in 2011. Light Lunch will return on Friday 14th January.

 

 

CLINKS REPORT: BAME offender resettlement

‘Double Trouble’ is a new report from Clinks that looks at resettlement provision for BAME offenders. It found that BAME offenders felt that ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity amongst prison and probation staff was extremely important; and perceptions of discrimination and stereotyping have an impact on BAME offenders’ willingness and motivation to access services. The report recommends improvements to hearing the user voice, commissioning arrangements, prison-based provision, staff training, and engaging the voluntary sector. Download the report at: Clinks.

 

 

CLINKS NEWS: service user involvement edition

The latest Clinks News has been published, and features a range of contributions, discussion and debate on involving service users. Contributors include UNLOCK, User Voice, HMP Leeds, Koestler Trust, Ex-Cell Solutions and Prisoners’ Education Trust. The stimulating debate includes whether Big Society offers opportunities for user involvement, how the VCS and service users fit into mutualism, whether the VCS takes user involvement seriously, and the impact of criminal record checks on effective service user involvement. This is a fascinating issue, with well-informed opinions discussing a complex topic. Clinks Members will receive their copy in the post, whilst non-members will gain online access in the New Year. If you’d like a hard copy, become a member now at: Clinks.

 

 

CLINKS EVENT: AGM 2011

‘Opportunities and Challenges’ is our 2011 AGM [20th January, 1.30pm – 5pm, Central London] which features a keynote speech by Nick Herbert MP, Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice. Preceding the AGM and speaker will be a series of workshops around the Green Paper consultation, what it means to your organisation, where opportunities might exist and addressing some of the challenges arising. The event will be a great opportunity to learn, share and network with like-minded colleagues. Book your free place (one per organisation please) at:  Clinks AGM 2011.

 

 

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 within five years every offender will be offered a local volunteer mentor. 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 specification at Clinks website.

 

 

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 Green Paper and helping us feed into the consultation. More information is available here, and you can express an interest in attending by emailing your preferred location to Jean Coates.

 

 

GOVERNMENT NEWS: Localism Bill published

Voluntary groups and social enterprises will be given the right to challenge councils to let them deliver public services under plans in the Localism Bill which was introduced to Parliament this week. The bill also includes community right to buy and right to build, and provisions for funds from the Community Infrastructure Levy. Full details at: DCLG

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new Compact published

The Government and VCS sector have agreed a new, shorter Compact for working in partnership. The new agreement claims to be more focused than the previous agreement and aims to create the right environment for partnership working. It is backed by a robust set of accountability and transparency measures outlined in a new accompanying guide. In addition, the National Audit Office will carry out a one-off study into the operation of the Compact across government which will be reported to parliament. Read more at: Compact Voice.

 

 

CLINKS CONGRATULATIONS: Music in Prisons wins award

Music in Prisons has been commissioned as part of New Music 20x12 to write one of 20 pieces of new music for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The charity will be working with composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and a group of male prisoners from HMP Lowdham Grange. This is a fantastic opportunity for the men to show how they too, can make a positive and unique contribution to the 2012 Olympics. Find out more about the award at: New Music 20x12.

 

 

COMMISSIONING: qualified provider list for community payback

Greater ManchesterProbation Trust is advertising for providers to apply to join a Qualified Provider List for the delivery of aspects of Community Payback. The Trust is looking for providers to provide: Supervision of an agreed number of Working Groups of offenders; and Unpaid work tasks for offenders. Only providers on the List will be able to deliver these services, for the anticipated 4 year period. Interested organisations are requested to register their interest with Andrea Howard.

 

 

COMMISSIONING: supporting victims of human trafficking

HM Prison Service are inviting tenders for the provision of a range of support services for adult victims of human trafficking with no recourse to public funds, as well as coordinating and monitoring this provision nationally. The contract value is in the range of approximately 1 million-2 million GBP, and will be for an initial period of two years, with the option to review at 18 months. The deadline for expressing an interest is 14th January at: HMPS Procurement.

 

 

AWARDS: to increase internet use

BT Community Connections is an award scheme which offers community groups the chance to get online and help people discover the wonders of the Internet. The award will be 12 months' free connection to BT Business Total Broadband Advance. Priority will be given to applications from community groups that operate in areas of deprivation. Applications must be submitted by 13th January 2011 at: BT.

 

 

FUNDING: to increase employment on Merseyside

The Merseyside Employable Communities Fund programme 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 eligible groups working in the boroughs of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens or Wirral. The first 2011 deadline for receipt of applications is 28th January 2011 at: Community Foundation Merseyside.

 

 

CONSULTATION: on social return on investment

'Charities and Investment Matters' is a new consultation document from the Charity Commission that aims to clarify and extend how charities and charitable foundations may invest money for a social, rather than financial, return. The consultation closes on 28th February, have your say at: Charity Commission.

 

 

EVENT: prison book reading

'Sentenced' [11th January, Farringdon, London, £8] is a rare opportunity to hear American author and former death row inmate Wilbert Rideau read from his new book, In The Place Of Justice – a cry for the need to put rehabilitation before punishment in the brutal American prison system. Wilbert Rideau and the acclaimed British prison writer and journalist Erwin James will discuss their transformative journeys from being sentenced to becoming the authors of their own sentences.  How can we use literature to unlock the skills and self-esteem of other inmates? More information and bookings at: FreeWord.

 

 

EVENT: learned helplessness and failure

The Learned Helplessness and Glory of Failure EU Network will be presenting the results of the project findings [16th June, Hemel Hempstead, £20] and exclusively for the first time in the UK revealing the final tools and methodologies to tackle Learned Helplessness and Failure.  Find out what Learned Helplessness is, and how it impacts on different groups of people such as offenders, long term unemployed and young people at risk. To book your place, email Kirsty Patterson.

 

 

PUBLICATION: listening to young offenders

‘What's Your Story?’ is an interim report of a 6 month project published by User Voice. Around 1000 young offenders were engaged throughout England to share the reality of their experiences. The young people involved want to be part of the solution. Throughout the project, many emphasised their responsibility for what they did and for trying to change now. But they also place their offending in context; violence, deprivation, poverty and exclusion.  No one has a greater investment in seeing change happen than people with the experience of living through this. Download the report and associated materials at: User Voice.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: health and race workshops for your service users

'Laughing on the inside' is a scheme by Southside Partnership that used controversial stand-up comedian John Ryan to discuss taboo prison subjects, including race and mental health. After spending time researching and talking to prisoners, John performed live inside HMP Downview in Surrey for a DVD entitled “Bringing the Outside In”. The 16 minute film is a definite ‘lunch break’ watch; download it here. To discuss hosting mental health and race workshops in a prison you work at, contact Trevor Munroe.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: more information about the CJS

The Local Crime Community Sentence project (LCCS) is a national scheme aiming to improve public confidence in sentencing and community penalties.  If your organisation is interested in the way crime is managed, Avon & Somerset Probation Trust can deliver a free hour long interactive presentation. Delivered by a local Magistrate and Probation staff at a time and place to suit, your organisation can ask those important questions about criminal justice, and have an opportunity to decide sentencing for a case study. To find out more and express an interest, visit: Avon & Somerset Probation Trust.

 

 

RESOURCE: media guide to drugs

DrugScope has published 'The media guide to drugs: key facts and figures for journalists', a new guide intended as a resource for journalists working across all media. The guide contains an A to Z of drugs, including information on what substances look like, how they are used, what effects they have and how many people use them. The Q&A section covers key topics such as how to find the latest statistics and how to avoid common myths. The guide also incorporates a discussion on reporting drug issues responsibly, non-sensationally and without contributing to the stigma faced by people with drug problems. Whilst it's intended for journalists, it might prove useful for any practitioner working in this field. Download it at: DrugScope.

 

 

RESOURCE: population in custody

Prison Reform Trust has published the latest Bromley Briefings. In assessing the potential for alternative approaches to custody, it is important to know more about people in prison. This fact file provides all the information you need about the population in custody. It is particularly useful for researchers and policy workers, as well as fundraisers and communications staff. Download it at: Prison Reform Trust

 

 

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TIPS OF THE WEEK…

TIP OF THE WEEK I: For £49, Purity Spa at the prestigious Park Lane Hilton hotel is offering nearly £100 off a luxurious papering package that includes a 30 minute hot stone massage, 30 minute facial, use of steam room and sauna and champagne throughout the visit. Possible Christmas present? At: Travelzoo.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II: A new tool has been launched online to help you locate your nearest Credit Union. 85% of the UK can now access their services, with this number increasing all the time. Visit Find Your Credit Union.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III:  A 3-night break to Malta is now available for £85 per person, flying from Birmingham on 16th, 23rd, or 30th January. Included in the price are return flights and three nights' accommodation with breakfast at the seafront 4-star Kennedy Nova Hotel, in the heart of Malta’s busy shopping and seaside district, Sliema. Book by 29th December at: http://www.choiceholidaysdirect.co.uk/.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV:  You can get a free set of Christmas card making sheets to download at http://www.printableheaven.com/freeset.

 

 

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Date Published:

17/12/2010

 

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