IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…
CLINKS REQUEST: Green Paper feedback
CLINKS GREEN PAPER RESPONSE: questions collated
CLINKS OPPORTUNITY: PhD studentship
CLINKS NOTICE: Informal Mentoring Project
CLINKS CONGRATULATIONS: Clinks Member honoured
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: reducing the prison population
VOLUNTARY SECTOR NEWS: new Chief Executive of LankellyChase Foundation
FUNDING: Financial Assistance Fund
COMMISSIONING: evaluator required for women’s project
COMMISSIONING: offender mentoring scheme
COMMISSIONING: prison visitors centres
CONSULTATION: on restorative practitioners
AWARDS: art by offenders
AWARDS: for poverty fighting organisations
CAMPAIGN: on Localism Bill
EVENT: women’s community justice
PUBLICATION: on prison-based family support workers
PUBLICATION: offender learning in the community
OPPORTUNITY: to support work with families of offenders
OPPORTUNITY: Masters student seeking internship
RESOURCE: working with offenders with mental health problems
RESOURCE: first night in custody guide
RESOURCE: guide to Localism Bill
CLINKS MEMBERS NEWS: Birth Companions move office
CLINKS MEMBERS NEWS: Catch22 looking for volunteers
TIPS OF THE WEEK
CLINKS REQUEST: Green Paper feedback
We appreciate not all organisations are able to attend our consultation events or publish a full response. If your organisation has a response or comment on the Green Paper that you would like to make us aware of, please send a copy to Clare Hayes. Clare is coordinating our formal response and will be able to incorporate your views, issues and experiences into the Clinks response.
We have published a list of all the questions in the Green Paper to coincide with our upcoming consultation events. To see the list of questions, click here. It’s not too late to register for one of our free Green Paper consultation events, taking part in Dorset, Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle. Come and find out what the proposals in the Green Paper mean for your organisation and share your views and concerns. Email your preferred venue to Jean Coates to secure your place today.
Clinks and Keele University are currently advertising a fully-funded PhD studentship on peer mentoring for offenders. An additional studentship is also being offered in conjunction with the Magistrates' Association on fixed-penalty disposals. Deadline for both applications is February 14th. For information on both studentships and application details, please follow the link: Keele University.
Thank you to all those of you that submitted tenders for the informal mentoring project; the deadline for submissions was 12th January 2011. There was a significant amount of interest in the tenders so Clinks are not able to give feedback on the applications, but the overall quality has been very high and we appreciate the amount of time that has obviously gone in to putting these bids together.
Congratulations to Bobby Cummines, the Chief Executive of UNLOCK, who has been awarded an OBE for services to reformed offenders in the New Year's Honours.
The Ministry of Justice has announced that plans to build a 600 place prison in Maghull, Merseyside will not go ahead. Full story at: MoJ. It has also announced that three existing prisons – Lancaster Castle, Ashwell and Morton Hall - will be closing. Full story at: MoJ.
Clinks trustee Julian Corner will be taking over from former Clinks Treasurer Peter Kilgarriff as Chief Executive of LankellyChase Foundation in May 2011. Julian's career has focused on tackling social exclusion, particularly among people in the criminal justice system. He was lead author on the Social Exclusion Unit's 'Reducing Reoffending by ex-prisoners', been Chief Executive of Revolving Doors Agency, and more recently returned to the Home Office where he leads on crime and policing strategy. Julian said: "It is a particular privilege to be following Peter Kilgarriff into the role, who has been a source of insight, passion and wisdom in the sector for many years now...These are challenging times for charities working on the margins of society, and they are more likely than ever to be turning to charitable foundations for help...I hope my experience of the voluntary and public sectors has equipped me for the undoubted challenges ahead."
URGENT DEADLINE The Department of Health's Financial Assistance Fund has now opened for applications from charities at risk, with the closing date for completed applications being noon on Wednesday 19 January 2011. The Financial Assistance Fund provides support to third sector organisations in 2010-11 who are experiencing financial difficulties that threaten their ability to continue activities. Details at: Department of Health.
The WomenMATTA Project is a unique partnership between the Pankhurst Centre (PC) and Women in Prison (WIP) that enables both delivery partners to significantly expand and enhance their services to vulnerable women in Manchester City and Trafford by providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to supporting women who are involved in the Criminal Justice System. The project is seeking interested individuals to evaluate its working practices, management of large scale projects, and provide learning for future projects. The deadline for invitations to tender is 31st January; download the full specification on the Clinks website.
Lancashire County Council is inviting formal written expressions of interest from individual organisations or consortia with the ability to deliver a Lancashire based mentoring service for offenders. This pilot is being developed to reduce the likelihood of short sentence offenders at HMP Prestonreoffending. This project will be based upon a payment by results format. The allocated budget for delivery is £42,500 inclusive of VAT. An additional £7,500 will be awarded subject to achieving the payment by results criteria. The deadline for applications is 28th January; download the full specification on the Clinks website.
Ministry of Justice are seeking provision of Prison Visitors Centre Services for eight London prisons - Belmarsh, Brixton, Feltham, Holloway, Isis, Pentonville, Wandsworth, Wormwood Scrubs. The service provider will be required to provide services in the centres to meet the needs of social visitors in line with the Specification, Benchmarking and Costing guidance recently issued by NOMS. Download the full specification on the Clinks website.
The Restorative Justice Council are developing a National Register of Restorative Practitioners and are seeking views on how this should be taken forward through a consultation paper. The deadline for responses is 11th March 2011, at Restorative Justice Consortium.
This year’s Koestler Awards deadline will be 8th April 2011. The Koestler Trust encourages offenders, secure patients and detainees from across the UK to participate in the arts. New categories, awards for first time entrants, celebrity judges, national and regional exhibitions, and more feedback on entrants’ work, mean that participating in the Koestler Awards is more rewarding than ever before. The establishment with the most 2011 entries to reach the Trust by 18 Feb will get £300 in arts materials – so get your entries in early! Entry forms and guidance can be downloaded now from Koestler Trust.
The Centre for Social Justice, (CSJ) is searching for the country’s best poverty fighting organisations to honour them at their annual charity Oscars in July. Five charities will be selected by an independent panel of judges to receive a share of £50,000. Previous winners have been involved in working with street gangs, mentoring ex-offenders, rehabilitating and training homeless people, supporting broken families and much more. To enter a charity, download an application form from the CSJ’s website and return it by no later than Monday 31st January 2011.
The Real Power for Communities campaign has been set up by NAVCA, Development Trusts Association, ACRE and others to ensure that the Localism Bill supports local voluntary action. The campaign seeks to strengthen these rights by lobbying MPs during the legislative process. To show your support for the campaign, please register at Real Power for Communities. It will take just 30 seconds to register and your support will help make sure the Localism Bill brings the local voluntary and community sector important new powers.
The 'Women’s Community Justice Conference' [9th February, London, £70] will include the official launch of Women's Centre Forum, which represents projects working across England and Wales offering community alternatives to custody and diverting vulnerable women from crime. Speakers include Jean Corston, Juliet Lyons, Frances Crook and Antonia Bance. The conference will explore the provision and impact of innovative and integrated approaches to working with women in and around the criminal justice system; an understanding of the rehabilitation revolution in relation to women; and the future for the women’s community project sector - challenges and opportunities. To book a place please contact Carrie Burbidge.
PUBLICATION: on prison-based family support workers
For the last 18 months pact has been working with in partnership with Safe Ground and the Jigsaw Project on a new ‘Prison-Based Family Support Worker’ practitioner role in four prisons (Belmarsh, Bristol, Leeds and Wandsworth) as part of a pilot project commissioned by NOMS. The role provides the means of engaging with and including families in interventions such as the Safe Ground Family Man programme, or other schemes which have been shown to aid rehabilitation and resettlement outcomes. Download the evaluation report of the project at: pact.
Outside Chances is a new report by City & Guilds Centre for skills Development that highlights the diverse benefits of education and training for offenders in the community. The research highlights innovative ways professionals have been able to incorporate the learner voice, and the major challenges faced by those involved in offender learning. The report also offers practical recommendations for policymakers and for probation and education and training professionals to strengthen the learning and skills programmes that play a crucial role in offender rehabilitation. Available at: www.skillsdevelopment.org.
Action for Prisoners' Families membership is now free to everyone. Members will receive regular e-bulletins, access to on-line special interest groups, updates on policy, funding, research, events and new publications and resources. If you are committed to reducing the negative impact of imprisonment and offending sign up at APF.
Light Lunch reader Will Staynes is currently at Kings College London doing a Masters in Criminology, and as part of the course is required to do an internship for 5-6 months, 25-30 hours a week. Will is ready to start straight away, so any interested organisations can email him at Will Staynes.
'A common sense approach to working with defendants and offenders with mental health problems’ is a new resource from mental health charity Together. It offers guidance to professionals such as police officers, probation officers, security and court staff on how to work effectively with the disproportionate number of people with mental health problems who find themselves in contact with the criminal justice system. It also includes information and advice on working with people who have substance misuse issues, alcohol problems and learning difficulties. Order it at: Together.
pact has recently launched a new guide for prisons to help prisons promote Safer Custody during the vital first seven days of imprisonment. This extensive guide, which has been endorsed by Michael Spurr, CEO of NOMS, provides prisons with practical training, guidance and resources - enabling them to develop their own first night and early days practice. The guide is available for £150; more information can be found at pact.
The Localism Bill was published by the coalition on 13th December and contains a raft of measures intended to hand power back to the local level. Community Sense has produced a one-page summary which highlights the key points and opportunities pertinent to third sector groups and parish councils. You can download a copy of the summary document at Community Sense.
Birth Companions have changed address to Birth Companions, PO Box 64597, LONDON, SW17 1DR. Full details at: Birth Companions.
Catch22 are working with Serco to support people at HMP Doncaster sentenced to less than 12 months custody to support them to resettle in to the community? They will resettle to all areas of South Yorkshire including Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster. We are looking for volunteers from all over South Yorkshire. Full training will be provided in the prison which will cover everything you need to know including prison life and regulations. This is a great opportunity to gain new skills and there will be an opportunity to receive accreditation for your work. Full details at: Catch 22.
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TIP OF THE WEEK I: The 4-star De Vere Daresbury Park, near Warrington, is offering stays of just £39 per person that includes breakfast, 2 course dinner, free drink, discount vouchers for local attractions, and access to the leisure club. Plus, children aged 13 and under stay free on a B&B basis when sharing a room with two adults. This offer is valid on stays seven days a week until 28 February. Book by 26 January, using the promo code 'ZOO' at: De Vere.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: Advance single fares on Southern Railway are on sale for 50% off. Standard class tickets between London and destinations in the south of England are now £2.50, each way. The sale runs until 16 January and applies on routes including from London to Brighton, Southampton and Portsmouth. Book at: Southern Railway.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: See the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing popular classics at Royal Festival Hall, London for £15. The two concerts are 17th January and 8th February. Click here for more information and instructions on bookings.
TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Sign up to film preview websites and they'll email you 'screening codes' for selected new films. Enter the code on their website, and if you're quick enough and a cinema near you is participating, you get in free. Details at: MSE.
TIP OF THE WEEK V: New customers to Albelli as well as Amazon customers can now get £15.00 off any Photo Book priced at £15.95 or more from Albelli.
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