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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 209

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

 

CLINKS REQUEST: new project to support your organisation

CLINKS UPDATE: Informal Mentoring Project tenders awarded

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: changes to Vetting & Barring

COMMISSIONING: free government contract finder service

AWARDS: community programmes

AWARDS: Big Society

FUNDING: small organisations in North Yorkshire

FUNDING: bursary for approved mentoring benchmark

EVENT: prison performance

EVENT: art classes

EVENT: offender art exhibition

EVENT: offender volunteer fair

EVENT: women in the CJS plays

EVENT: social impact bond webinar

TRAINING: youth justice

TRAINING: becoming a social enterprise

PUBLICATION: MEAM newsletter

RESOURCE: support writing tenders

OPPORTUNITY: to become a trustee

OPPORTUNITY: to run a volunteer service

OPPORTUNITY: internship, for an ex-offender?

CONSULTATION: Restorative Justice call for evidence

CONSULTATION: on individuals with multiple needs

MEMBERS VACANCIES

TIPS OF THE WEEK

EXTRA Information

 


 

 

 

CLINKS REQUEST: new project to support your organisation

Clinks, in partnership with NOMS, are developing a new project ‘Sustainable Funding for Work with Offenders’. The project is targeted primarily at small-to-medium sized not-for-profit organisations in the Criminal Justice System that are currently facing financial challenges and wish to improve financial sustainability. We need to understand these challenges to ensure that the project is relevant and effective. If you are a member of Clinks and are interested in participating in this project, we would like to speak confidentially to a senior member of staff or senior volunteer about your financial challenges and the types of support (for example, consultancy, training, information gathering) which would help you address those challenges. Please email Helen Coombe today to be involved.

 

 

CLINKS UPDATE: Informal Mentoring Project tenders awarded

Thank you to all the organisations who submitted an application to deliver a locally based informal mentoring service for offenders. The successful projects were Catch 22 who will be working in the East Midlands and Sefton Council for Voluntary Services who will be working in the Merseyside area.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: changes to Vetting & Barring

Nick Clegg has unveiled a new scaled back employment vetting scheme and fundamental reform of criminal records checks following a remodelling review. The recommendations from the review include: only covering those 'who may have regular or close contact with vulnerable groups';  continue to apply to paid and unpaid roles; automatic barring for serious offences which provide direct indication of risk; and no requirement for people to register with the scheme and there will be no ongoing monitoring. Full details and accompanying documents can be found at Home Office.

 

 

COMMISSIONING: free government contract finder service

Following a public consultation, the Government have launched 'Contracts Finder', which aims to allow charities and social enterprises to see and bid for government contracts worth £25,000 and over. Their ambition is that 25 per cent of government business should go to SMEs, and that many more contracts should be won by charities and social enterprises. You'll need to register, and can then find contracts, watch contracts and get email alerts based on keyword terms. Sign up at: Contracts Finder.

 

 

AWARDS: community programmes

Howard League for Penal Reform is looking for the country’s most successful and innovative community programmes in the criminal justice sector. These annual awards celebrate best practice in community sentencing and champion the cutting edge of the criminal justice system, with work in the community that challenges and changes people for the better – be it unpaid work, drug and alcohol treatment programmes, or restorative justice. The competition is open to statutory agencies and voluntary organisations, which are developing innovative community schemes. The deadline for entries is 3rd May at: Howard League.

 

 

AWARDS: Big Society

The Government’s Big Society Awards recognise individuals, groups or organisations that are demonstrating the Big Society in their work or activities. Anyone, including people who benefit from the group, organisation or individuals activities, can make a nomination. Award winners will receive a certificate from the Prime Minister and will be invited to a regular Big Society Award Winners Reception at Downing Street. Find out how to nominate at: Number 10.

 

 

FUNDING: small organisations in North Yorkshire

The North Yorkshire Reward Grant Fund has been launched with grants up to £5,000 available for projects that help communities to meet priorities that are within the North Yorkshire sustainable community strategy at the time that the grant is made. Applications will only be accepted from voluntary organisations, community groups and small charities based in, and serving the communities of North Yorkshire and with an income of less than £50,000. Find out the priorities and apply at: Two Ridings Community Foundation.

 

 

FUNDING: bursary for approved mentoring benchmark

Are you a voluntary or community organisation providing mentoring and/or befriending to BAME young people aged 13-25 in England? If the answer is yes, then your organisation may be eligible for a bursary of up to £300 to achieve the Mentoring and Befriending Approved Provider Standard (APS). APS is an accepted benchmark by government departments and other funding bodies that will help with your funding applications. Find out more and apply at MBF.

 

 

EVENT: prison performance

The women prisoners at HMP Send will be performing SUGAR [25th Feb - 6th March, HMP Send, Guildford, £30], a musical based on 'Some Like It Hot', with a 21 piece live band, jazzy dance routines set in the roaring twenties. The first two nights still have good availability, so book your ticket at: Pimlico Opera.

 

 

EVENT: art classes

Arts Saves Lives are offering 12 week Art Classes and Workshops, with renowned portrait artist David Hardy, for just £5 per 2 hour session. They also have a weekend portrait photography course for £50. All materials are supplied, for more info contact Dean Stalham.

 

 

EVENT: offender art exhibition

'Arts by Offenders' is the first exhibition to be held in Liverpool of artwork produced by offenders, patients in secure hospitals, young people in secure children’s homes and by people on probation in the North West of England [4th - 27th March, CUC Liverpool, Free]. This collection of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and creative writing, was selected from entries to the 2010 Koestler Awards. The exhibition has been funded by The Co-operative as part of its wide ranging community activity in the North West. Find out more at: Koestler Trust.

 

 

EVENT: offender volunteer fair

Looking for volunteers for your project in Manchester? Open to recruiting volunteers who have a criminal record? Want some free training on involving ex-offenders as volunteers? Back on Track, in conjunction with Greater Manchester Probation Trust, is hosting a ‘volunteer fair’ [23rd March, Victoria Park, Manchester]. The event will be targeted at ex-offenders who are interested in volunteering. If you have current volunteer vacancies, and are open to recruiting volunteers who have a criminal record, we are looking for stallholders to promote a range of opportunities in Manchester on the day. We will be running a free training session for stallholders (a few weeks before the event) on ‘Involving ex-offenders as volunteers’. For more information contact Claire Assinder.

 

 

EVENT: women in the CJS plays

Following the hugely successful 2010 run of Charged, Clean Break returns with Re-Charged [23rd March - 9th April, Soho Theatre, London, from £10], another chance to see plays from three of the most exciting and distinctive female voices in British theatre presenting the heartbreaking truth about the lives of women in the criminal justice system. Sam Holcroft's 'Dancing Bears' is a vivid and vital look at girl gangs and life on the edge; Rebecca Lenkiewicz's That Almost Unnameable Lust' is a poetic and tender portrayal of older women in prison; and Chloë Moss's 'Fatal Light' tracks a young woman on a journey that ends in death in custody. Book your ticket at: Charged.

 

 

EVENT: social impact bond webinar

Social Finance will be hosting a webinar on Social Impact Bonds on Monday 21st February at 3.30pm. Presented by Emily Bolton, it will explain what a Social Impact Bond is, how it works and its potential impact on the voluntary sector. The webinar will be followed by a short Question and Answer session, as well as the opportunity to discuss the subject on Social Finance’s Social Impact Bond Forum discussion boards. To listen in and contribute you will require Voice Over Internet Protocol facilities (headphones and microphone) and an internet connection. If you are interested in joining the webinar, please contact Peter Goult.

 

 

TRAINING: youth justice

Just for Kids Law are running their 'Youth Justice Training' courses [11th March & 9th April, London, £100 VCS] which cover all major aspects of the youth justice criminal system through a variety of presentations put together and delivered by a specialist team of youth advocates and criminal defence lawyers, as well as interactive workshops with former young clients. The courses are suitable for anyone interested in youth justice and also carries 5.5 CPD points. There's a 25% discount for the VCS with less than eight staff. Find out more and book your place at: Just for Kids Law.

 

 

TRAINING: becoming a social enterprise

'Introduction to Social Enterprise & Legal Structures' is a one day training course [2nd March, London, £50]. What is Social Enterprise? How do you become a social entrepreneur? Have you got what it takes? If you are starting to establish a Social Enterprise and are looking for a clear understanding of the concept, this workshop is for you. Red Ochre will help you explore the practicalities of starting a social enterprise, and learn about the social entrepreneur's journey with a forward looking prospective. You will acquire an understanding of the different legal structures available to social enterprise and become familiar with the management, governance and funding aspects of each. Book your place at: Red Ochre.

 

 

PUBLICATION: MEAM newsletter

Everyone working in criminal justice, drug treatment, homelessness or mental health services will recognise individuals facing multiple needs and exclusions.  These individuals have a combination of problems, can be poorly supported by traditional service responses and live chaotic and expensive lives. Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) was formed to influence policy and practice change for this group, locally and nationally.  MEAM is a coalition of Clinks, DrugScope, Homeless Link and Mind. MEAM have launched a newsletter to keep you up to date with developments; to view the latest edition and sign up visit MEAM.

 

 

RESOURCE: support writing tenders

Organisations that want to improve their ability to win tenders can benefit from bursaries from the NAVCA Tender Support project.  A tender support consultant will give you bespoke support to develop your organisations 'tender readiness' or provide hands on support at the time of writing a tender submission. The funding will finish by the end of March, so apply soon! Further information from NAVCA.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: to become a trustee

Detention Advice Service is a small charity providing immigration advice and support to foreign national prisoners. They are looking for Management Committee members, possibly with experience of fundraising or human resources to support the staff team. The committee meets six times a year. If you are interested in volunteering for the Management Committee, please contact the Co-ordinator, Nigel Caleb or call on 020 7254 6888 for an informal discussion.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: to run a volunteer service

Social Finance is seeking expressions of interest from organisations that are able to recruit, train and host ONE Service volunteers. ONE is a new six year pilot supporting short sentenced male prisoners in the twelve months following their release from HMP Peterborough. The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on 18th February 2011. Express an interest by emailing Peter Goult or phoning him on 02076 676 380.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: internship, for an ex-offender?

Khulisa UK is looking for a Fundraising Intern to join their small, friendly London-based team for 2 - 3 days a week for up to 3 months. He or she will have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of fundraising activities and should have a genuine interest in offending behaviour programmes and rehabilitation issues. Those with an offending history are very welcome to apply. Please contact Helen Streeter.

 

 

CONSULTATION: Restorative Justice call for evidence

Independent Academic Research Studies, an independent think-tank with long expertise in the field of restorative justice research and policy, has issued a call for evidence asking anyone who has a view and experience on restorative justice to send their thoughts on: the creation of a register of restorative justice practitioners; the existing infrastructure for the restorative justice movement and practitioners; the best use of restorative justice with young offenders; and retaining effectiveness in times of cuts. The deadline for entries is 25th February, and there is no prescribed format for your submission. Email your views to Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

 

 

CONSULTATION: on individuals with multiple needs

The Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition are surveying the Sector to understand what you think the national barriers are to better coordinated services for individuals facing multiple needs and exclusions. Your answers will be used to inform a Vision Paper that is being developed by MEAM and Revolving Doors. This will look at the national actions government could take to create a national policy environment in which it is much easier for local areas to put coordinated interventions in place. Get involved at: MEAM.

 

 

MEMBERS VACANCIES

Vacancies this week include a Communications Intern and a Commercial Manager for Safe Ground [London], Director of Operations for User Voice [London], and a Family support Worker for Adfam [HMP Belmarsh, London]. Visit: Clinks Member's vacancies.

 

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TIPS OF THE WEEK…

TIP OF THE WEEK I: The 4-star Barceló Walton Hotel [nr. Stratford-upon-Avon] is offering a special overnight package with meals for £49 per person, per night which includes full English breakfast plus a free 3-course evening meal from a set menu at the hotel’s Orangery Restaurant. Book by 1st March at: Barcelo.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II:  A top-price ticket for "We Will Rock You", plus a free pre-show dinner with a glass of wine now costs £40 per person. This offer is available for Mon-Thurs evening performances until 11th May at the Dominion Theatre in London. Book by 2nd March at: LastMinute.com.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III:  If you're in a milkman area you can register for the new grocery service and get £10 of shopping completely free. Find out how at: MSE milk&more.

 

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Date Published:

18/02/2011

 

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