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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 206

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

  

CLINKS PUBLICATION: Annual Review

CLINKS MEMBER’S BRIEFING: on the Green Paper

CLINKS SURVEY: turbulent times – how are you coping?

CLINKS REQUEST: Green Paper feedback

CLINKS OPPORTUNITY: PhD studentship

CLINKS CONGRATULATIONS: Member awarded social enterprise mark

FUNDING: volunteering fund

COMMISSIONING: domestic violence support service

EVENT: dealing with public sector cuts

EVENT: offender art exhibition

TRAINING: mental health first aid

TRAINING: supporting financial inclusion

TRAINING: working with youth gangs

PUBLICATION: voluntary sector staffing levels fall

OPPORTUNITY: to volunteer

OPPORTUNITY: Masters students seeking internships

OPPORTUNITY: evaluate women’s project

OPPORTUNITY: freelance tutors needed

RESOURCE: policy guide to adults with multiple needs

RESOURCE: guide to Social Return on Investment

RESOURCE: Key Agencies in Yorkshire

CLINKS MEMBERS VACANCIES

TIPS OF THE WEEK


 

CLINKS PUBLICATION: Annual Review

Clinks’ Annual Review 2010 highlights the work we have undertaken in the last 12 months and also presents opportunities and challenges for the VCS in 2011 and beyond. Download it free at: Clinks Annual Reviews.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBER’S BRIEFING: on the Green Paper

This briefing is intended to assist Clinks members and other Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations working in the Criminal Justice System to address the key themes and issues contained in the Government’s Green Paper, ‘Breaking the Cycle - Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing’. The Green Paper is wide-ranging and includes proposals in relation to sentencing, delivery of services, and commissioning of interventions. Taken as a whole, this is a progressive set of proposals and policy positions detailed within. Download it at: Clinks Member's Briefings.

 

 

CLINKS SURVEY: turbulent times – how are you coping?

The Home Office is seeking to identify the impact of the Coalition Government’s changing agenda and the economic situation on the Voluntary and Community Sector. In particular, they want to know how this affects your ability to contribute to work around crime prevention, victim support and reducing re-offending. Clinks would like to invite you to participate in a short survey which will bring together our members perspectives and identify where additional help and information could support you through this period of change. Please take part at: Clinks Surveys.

 

 

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.

 

 

CLINKS OPPORTUNITY: PhD studentship

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.

 

 

CLINKS CONGRATULATIONS: Member awarded social enterprise mark

Action Acton have been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark, awarded to those social enterprises that pass a rigorous accreditation procedure and identifies them as trading for social purposes. Chief Executive John Blackmore said: "Action Acton is delighted to have been awarded the Mark. It demonstrates our commitment to social enterprise...and will help us win new contracts for public service delivery in the very near future". Find out more at Action Acton Action Acton.

 

 

FUNDING: volunteering fund

The Office for Civil Society has announced money "to develop and implement activities under the national work programme for England" in connection with the European Year of Volunteering 2011. There are three contracts: Employer Supported Volunteering Lead, Volunteer Management Lead and Opening the Door to Volunteering Lead. There are also grants to deliver a programme of activities for two months each: Young people and children (March, April); Environment (May, June); Sport (July, August); Culture and the arts (September, October); Health and social care (November, December). Details at: OCS [Source: VolResource].

 

 

COMMISSIONING: domestic violence support service

Gloucestershire Probation Trust is tendering for the provision of a support service to victims of domestic abuse, whose partners are subject to Community Orders with Integrated Domestic Abuse Programmes. The contract is worth £25,443 per year, and will run from April 2011 to end March 2014.  Numbers of referrals to the service are approx 100 per year.  The closing date for submission of bids is 12 noon on 11th February 2011. Information and the tender form are available to download from Gloucestershire Probation Trust.

 

 

EVENT: dealing with public sector cuts

'Surviving the cuts' is a Homeless Link conference [8th February, London, £120 Clinks Members] aimed at supporting you through the recent public sector cuts. It includes advice and training on building financial independence, effective tender writing, measuring outcomes, mastering the media, improving HR management, writing successful funding bids. Members of Clinks are entitled to a reduced fee of £120, giving you a saving of over 50%. For more information, visit Homeless Link.

 

 

EVENT: offender art exhibition

'Release' is an exhibition [28th Jan - 25th Feb, Together Our Space Gallery, Old Street, London] of work by mental health service users from HM Pentonville Prison and St Ann’s Hospital featuring a variety of media from the Creative Therapies programmes of both institutions. It aims to promote the therapeutic value of art in the rehabilitation, recovery and management of mental health problems. All work will be for sale, with proceeds designated to the continued running of Creative Therapies at HM Pentonville and St Ann’s Hospital. For more information contact Lisa Cohen.

 

 

TRAINING: mental health first aid

To promote mental health in and out of the workplace, Community Links Training delivers ‘Mental Health First Aid' and the new 'Youth Mental Health First Aid' training throughout Yorkshire and the Humber (dates throughout February and March, £80). The course is aimed at those who have little or no knowledge of mental health. Trainees will not become ‘therapists’, but will gain the knowledge of how to act when confronted by someone in distress. Find your nearest course at: MHFA.

 

 

TRAINING: supporting financial inclusion

'Developing responses to financial exclusion' is a new course [24th January, London, from £110] from Homeless Link about developing client capacity to deal with related issues such as not having enough money, being in debt and not being able to access basic financial services such as bank accounts and reasonably priced loans. The course is relevant to a number of sectors other than homelessness. Full details at: Homeless Link.

 

 

TRAINING: working with youth gangs

'Working with Youth Gangs...The New Paradigm' is a one day training course [10th February, Birmingham, £199] with modules including 'How to safeguard', 'Criminal Justice or a Public Health Issue?', 'Early intervention.... but how early ?' and 'The next 10 years, What is best practice? …the need for national standards'. To book your place email info@antiyouthviolence.com.

 

 

PUBLICATION: voluntary sector staffing levels fall

Latest Labour Force Survey figures for the third quarter of 2010 show that the voluntary sector now employs 793,000 people, a slight decrease of 2% since the last quarter. This is in contrast to the private sector which has shown a slight increase of 2%, whilst the public sector stayed reasonably static. The levelling-off of what has been a long term upwards trend in voluntary sector employment will be of no surprise to those who have lost or are worrying about losing their jobs. But it will be of just as much concern to those who depend upon the services delivered by voluntary and community organisations, as these estimates might be one of the first signs that levels of activity are reducing in the face of budget cuts. More information at Skills Third Sector.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: to volunteer

St George’s Crypt is looking for volunteers to help in a charity shop in Armley, Leeds. The shop will be open 6 days a week and the plans are for a clothing section, furniture and coffee area. They will need retail staff and also staff to sort, clean and price donations. This is an ideal opportunity for people looking to get back into work to gain experience and a work reference. They welcome applications from those who find it difficult to secure employment due to their history. For more information, contact Tara McMillan.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: Masters students seeking internships

Following last week’s advert, Dr. Nic Groombridge at Kings College London has contacted Light Lunch, indicating that he has about 18 students needing internships. Each student is undertaking a Masters in Criminology and is available for between 25-30 hours a week up to the summer. They are also looking for placements to start October-November this year. The internship will include a 5,000 word piece of criminal justice work, and if organisations are not based in London, a virtual placement may be possible. Other than the extra pair of hands, an advantage to small organisations might be the access to the Kings College library and staff. For more information, contact Dr. Nic Groombridge.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: evaluate women’s project

Women in Prison (WIP) are seeking to commission an evaluation for the London Project. In February 2009, the Ministry of Justice committed £15.6 million to build the capacity of one stop shop services at women’s centres and other specialist provision for women offenders in the community, with the aim of diverting women from custody.  WIP was awarded a 2-year grant in May 2009 to extend their successful model of assertive outreach in the community throughout London, enabling us to provide additional services in prisons, magistrate’s courts and a number of women’s centres.  Deadline for tender submissions is the 26th January 2011. Full details at: Women in Prison.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: freelance tutors needed

Media for Development are currently delivering a 1 day interview skills course at HMP Wandsworth, London. Running every Thursday, the session delivers employment advice, disclosure information and simulated interviews. They use a range of innovative media techniques to engage participants, enhance their body language and teach them to provide clear, succinct and animated answers to standard interview questions. Media for Development are currently looking to expand their pool of freelance tutors delivering this work and are particularly interesting in speaking to individuals who have a background in recruitment and working with serving and ex-offenders. Please email Christy McAleese or call 0207 0332170.

 

 

RESOURCE: policy guide to adults with multiple needs

Last year the Institute for Government – in partnership with MEAM and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – hosted a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Adults with multiple needs and exclusions: the challenges for government and public services.’  A policy briefing discussing the lessons from the event and more recent political developments is now available at: Institute for Government.

 

 

RESOURCE: guide to Social Return on Investment

'The ambitions and challenges of Social Return on Investment (SROI)' is a Third Sector Resource Centre working and briefing paper that examines SROI in detail and identifies a series of issues that require further investigation. These include technical and methodological issues related to this adjusted cost-benefit analysis such as quantifying the value of social benefits; the judgement involved in setting indicators; whether projects deemed successful based on an SROI analysis can provide the basis for replication and scaling up; and the ways in which SROI is being used by stakeholders. Through examining these challenges in detail, the approaches to measuring social impact can be strengthened, standardised and made more rigorous. Find out more at: TSRC.

 

 

RESOURCE: Key Agencies in Yorkshire

Yorkshire & the Humber Forum have published their Key Agencies guide, which provides details of a wide range of public bodies working at the Yorkshire & Humber and sub-regional levels that Voluntary and Community Sector organisations might want to build relationships with. Download at: Y&H Forum [WARNING: 4mb file].

 

 

CLINKS MEMBERS VACANCIES

There are eight members’ vacancies online, including fundraisers, project workers, Service Directors and administrators at: CJS vacancies.

 

 

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TIPS OF THE WEEK…

TIP OF THE WEEK I: The Royal Court Hotel, near Coventry, is offering stays of £29 per person which includes 3 course dinner, bottle of wine, room upgrade and use of the leisure facilities. This offer is valid for stays until 31st March at: Britannia Hotels.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II:  There's a 3 month free trial on tastecard, the discount card scheme that saves you 50% at more than 4,500 UK restaurants and normally costs up to £70/yr. To get your free card sign up before 11.59pm Friday 21st January at tastecard.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III:  The Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, Windermere, is currently offering a 2-night package for £99 per person. Included in this deal are a bottle of house wine on arrival, full Cumbrian breakfast each day and a 4-course dinner on one night with coffee and petit fours. This deal is valid Sunday-Thursday until 31 March by calling 01539 443 192.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV:  You can now get 50% off tickets for popular London shows until 18th February. Tickets start at £10, and include shows such as Legally Blonde, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Les Miserables and Chicago. Places are limited, so early booking is recommended at: Get into London Theatre.

 

 

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Date Published:

21/01/2011

 

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