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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 210

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

 

CLINKS SERVICE: new network launched for volunteering and mentoring

CLINKS REQUEST: tell the MoJ how cuts are affecting you

CLINKS MEMBER’S OFFER: free conference place

CLINKS MEMBER’S OFFER: new Member of the Week trial

CLINKS EVENT: Arts Alliance conference

CLINKS EVENT: BAME conference

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Minister speaks about restorative justice

GOVERNMENT NEWS: community organisers fund awarded

FUNDING: victim and witness fund deadline reminder

FUNDING: to support refugees

EVENT: ADHD and youth offending

EVENT: Home Office consultations – youth justice and women

EVENT: offender art exhibition

EVENT: Charity Open Day

PUBLICATION: women in the Green Paper

PUBLICATION: response to Green Paper

PUBLICATION: experiences of people in the CJS

RESOURCE: small charity week

OPPORTUNITY: for British Asian ex-offenders

OPPORTUNITY: to see inside Paddington Green police station

OPPORTUNITY: to support female Chinese offenders

OPPORTUNITY: to volunteer with a drug rehabilitation service

OPPORTUNITY: trustees needed for CJS charity

OPPORTUNITY: to promote your organisation

MEMBERS VACANCIES

TIPS OF THE WEEK…


 

 

CLINKS SERVICE: new network launched for volunteering and mentoring

We have now officially launched our Volunteering and Mentoring Network - an online community for you to get involved in debate and discussion around volunteering in the Criminal Justice System. This will be a new way for Clinks to communicate with an online community that is led by you, the professionals at the local level. The new site allows you to create your own profile; advertise your events, service and products; create and contribute to discussions; network with colleagues in the Sector; and stay up to date with the latest news and developments. Find out more and join the network at: Clinks VMN.

 

 

CLINKS REQUEST: tell the MoJ how cuts are affecting you

The Ministry of Justice has asked Clinks for evidence on the impact of cuts and how the current economic climate is affecting the Sector. Nearly 100 organisations have so far shared their experiences. Please add yours now; the more responses we get, the better we can represent you and your organisation. Visit: Clinks Survey.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBER’S OFFER: free conference place

Clinks have got a complimentary place to a national conference on 12th May in Nottingham, which looks at breaking the link between ADHD and offending behaviour. If you’d like to attend, email Joe Gardham, stating why it would benefit your organisation. Find out more about the event below.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBER’S OFFER: new Member of the Week trial

Light Lunch is trialling a new service – Member of the Week. This will allow you to promote your organisation to nearly 6,000 readers of Light Lunch. You may have recently won an award or funding, set up a new service or done something innovative or inspiring. To feature your organisation, check you’re a member here, and then simply send 50 words describing your organisation, accompanied by 50 words saying why you should be Member of the Week to Joe Gardham.

 

 

CLINKS EVENT: Arts Alliance conference

The Arts Alliance and Clinks invite you to a day of discussion, debate, performance and collaboration [16th March, Liverpool, Free]. After a year of building our membership we want to celebrate by involving you in shaping the future of arts in criminal justice informing what the Arts Alliance should do over the next year to support, sustain and lobby for the sector. As our annual meeting of members this is a great opportunity to network and meet other similar minds and explore future partnerships and opportunities. A travel bursary is available for small organisations. Book your place at: Clinks Events.

 

 

CLINKS EVENT: BAME conference

With over 60 bookings already, spaces are now limited for our national BAME event [15th March, London, Free]. The Open Space format will allow participants to create the agenda based on the question ‘What would a BAME rehabilitation service look like that makes you feel proud, and how can we make it happen?’. This event is the perfect opportunity to network, share ideas and influence policy in relation to rehabilitation services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic offenders. Book your place now at: Clinks Events.

 

 

CLINKS REQUEST: have you responded to the Green Paper?

If so, Clinks are going to collate all our reader’s responses in one place. Please email the link and/or document to Joe Gardham and we’ll feature on our website.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Minister speaks about restorative justice

Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, Nick Herbert, spoke this week about the benefits of restorative justice and the need to embed it in every part of the criminal justice system. Restorative justice must be robust and effective in terms of victim satisfaction… and contribute to the Government’s key goal of breaking the cycle of crime and high rates of reoffending.' He added that restorative justice’s full potential in the criminal justice system was as yet 'unfulfilled.' Read the full speech at: MoJ.

 

 

GOVERNMENT NEWS: community organisers fund awarded

The government has announced that Locality - the new organisation formed through the merger of the Development Trusts Association (DTA) and bassac - has been chosen as the selected partner to deliver and train 5,000 community organisers. Community Organisers will work closely with communities to identify local leaders, projects and opportunities, and empower the local community to improve their local area. Up to five hundred senior Community Organisers will be trained and given bursaries of £20,000 for their first year, along with a further 4500 part-time and voluntary organisers who will support them. Unfortunately, As the procurement process isn’t finalised, Light Lunch is unable to find information on how organisations can get involved with this, but you can read the press release at: Cabinet Office.

 

 

FUNDING: victim and witness fund deadline reminder

A quick reminder that the deadline is next week for the £9.8m victim and witness voluntary sector fund from the Ministry of Justice. The Rape Support Fund closes Monday 28th, whilst the Victim and Witness Fund and the Homicide Fund both close Friday 4th March. Find out more at: MoJ.

 

 

FUNDING: to support refugees

The UK Border Agency has issued a Call for Proposals under the European Refugee Fund. NGOs, charities, academic institutions, local government, intergovernmental organisations, limited companies and any partnership made up of these organisations can apply for projects lasting a maximum of three years. Projects should focus on either Innovative refugee specific entry level English language provision; or Innovative solutions to housing for newly granted refugees. The minimum ERF grant that can be applied for is £75,000 per year per project, and the maximum is restricted to £350,000 per year per project. The application deadline is 7th April 2011 at: Home Office.

 

 

EVENT: ADHD and youth offending

'Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): interventions to break the link with offending behaviour' is a one day conference [12th May, Nottingham, £198] that will look at the research into ADHD, early intervention projects which work with at-risk children and young people, and options for addressing associated speech and language problems. Up to 45% of young offenders and up to 30% of adult criminals are believed to suffer from ADHD, whilst 68% of YOT workers believed young people with ADHD were more likely to receive a custodial sentence. Review the research, see and share good practice, and network with others in the field by booking your place at: CCCL.

 

 

EVENT: Home Office consultations – youth justice and women

In association with Clinks, our partners are running a series of topical events aimed at informing the Home Office on how the changing agenda and economic situation are impacting on Voluntary and Community Sector organisations working in community safety and victim support. If you are a youth organisation the roundtable will be on 18th March in London; contact Steven Pryse. If you are a women’s organisation the event will be 23rd March in London; contact Karen Moore.

 

 

EVENT: offender art exhibition

'Resolving Conflict Together - How do we make Bristol a Restorative City?' is a one day conference [1st April, Bristol, £5] to share more ideas about what we can do to make Bristol a Restorative City for everyone.  This will be your opportunity to talk about the work you have been doing since the last conference in November 2010 and hear about what everyone else has been up to around the city. For more information and bookings, contact The Pieran Centre.

 

 

EVENT: Charity Open Day

Clinks Member The Mustard Tree, exists to serve those across Greater Manchester who find themselves without home, food, dignity or hope. The Mustard Tree provides and hosts a range of projects aimed at increasing the confidence, skills and motivation of their clients. Some are short courses such as IT skills, furniture facelifts and art workshops. Others such as the Freedom Project and Anger Management last for up to 16 weeks. They are holding an Open Day [2nd March, Manchester, 11am-2pm]. RSVP at: The Mustard Tree.

 

 

PUBLICATION: women in the Green Paper

Women in Prison have published a briefing on the Breaking the Cycle Green Paper. The Green Paper recognises gender difference, but contains no proposals to end the gender discrimination women experience as a result. A strong response demanding a work programme for women to reduce the unnecessary imprisonment of women and combat the discrimination women in the criminal justice system face every day is vital to prevent women slipping out of view. Read the briefing and sign up to support the Action Plan for Women in the Criminal Justice System at: Women in Prison.

 

 

PUBLICATION: response to Green Paper

The National Appropriate Adult Network (NAAN) have published their response to the Breaking the Cycle Green Paper. They have chosen to comment on the sections of the Paper that have most relevance to young people and vulnerable adults, reflecting the experience and expertise of their members in delivering appropriate adult services. The response can be downloaded at: NAAN.

 

 

PUBLICATION: experiences of people in the CJS

Here are three real life photo-films giving you an insight into what Alan, Danny and Martin have experienced.  Revolving Doors Agency commissioned three days training for members of their National Service User Forum.  Participants learned how to use a camera and interview equipment to make photo-films so they could share with you their feelings and thoughts about their experiences. A brilliant initiative and end result at: RDA.

 

 

RESOURCE: small charity week

Small Charity Week 2011 will be 20th - 24th June, with a different day each week to celebrate and promote the work of small charities. Days include 'I Love Small Charities', 'Big Advice Day', 'Policy Day', 'Fundraising Day', and 'Celebration Day'. Join the network, sign up to the mailing list, and find out more about this week at: Small Charity Week 2011.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: for British Asian ex-offenders

Eastern Eye, Britain's biggest Asian newspaper is researching an article on British Asians' experiences of prison life. They are looking to do a short phone interview with inmates who have recently been released. If anyone would like to help, please call 0207 654 7772 or email: Nadeem Badshah.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: to see inside Paddington Green police station

In the Summer of 2009, photographer David Moore took advantage of a short-window of time during which the cells inside Paddington Green Police Station sat empty. Most of us will know Paddington Green as the high security facility for the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects. The Prison Photography blog have been able to publish his pictures exclusively online: "It is likely Paddington Green Police Station will cease to operate as the first stop for terrorist suspects. Plans are afoot for a new purpose-built facility. For the authorities, Moore’s work is transparency, for us it is curiosity sated, and for the photographer it is a small victory for “visual democracy”." Find out more at: Prison Photography.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: to support female Chinese offenders

Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group has received funding to produce an information pack for female Chinese offenders. Do you have any information that you think would be useful to be included in the pack, such as an explanation of procedures in the criminal justice system. We are also looking to build up a directory of contacts of organisations and groups that support female Chinese offenders in the south western region. Please get in touch with Kevin Chong.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: to volunteer with a drug rehabilitation service

City Roads is an 18-bed Registered Care Home providing emergency residential care and treatment for drug users in crisis. They are seeking volunteers to support the service, which is based on City Road, London - 3 minutes walk from Angel tube. To find out more about City Roads click here, and to pursue volunteering opportunities, contact Rebecca Mistry.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: trustees needed for CJS charity

P.E.O.P.L.E. (Providing Ex Offenders Positive Learning Environments) based in North East Somerset work with prison leavers and ex offenders and are looking for volunteers to join the current board of trustees. The trustee group meet quarterly and would welcome new members who are able to support the organisation in its core activities of housing, education and mentoring. Please contact Jenny Clifford on 01761 433334 for an informal discussion and more information.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: to promote your organisation

Inside 'n' Out Magazine comes in two bi-monthly versions; one for offenders, ex-offenders and their families or members of the public and another version for criminal justice staff. It promotes positive and important issues, projects, conferences and exhibitions etc and is inviting contributions from Light Lunch readers. Adverts relevant to Criminal Justice are also available at very competitive rates. The newsletter is distributed throughout the libraries in almost 30 prisons. To submit an article or advert please contact Mark Clark.

 

 

MEMBERS VACANCIES

Vacancies this week include a part time manager for Griffins Society [home-based], Director of prison-based services for PACT [London], and a Project Manager for Sussex Pathways [HMP Lewes]. More about these and other vacancies at: Clinks Members Vacancies.

 


 

TIPS OF THE WEEK…

TIP OF THE WEEK I: Park Plaza Hotels has launched a weekend break sale, discounting prices by up to 40%, to as low as £59 per room, per night. This offer is valid for stays at Park Plaza’s 4-star deluxe UK hotels, including a free bottle of red wine in your room on arrival. Find out more at: Travelzoo.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II:  Bosworth Hall is offering stays in its Grade II-listed country mansion in Warwickshire for £49 per room, per night. The rate also includes free upgrade to an Executive Room, a complimentary bottle of wine in the room on arrival and a full buffet breakfast. Book at: Bosworth Hall.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III:  Download this voucher for a free cinema ticket at Cineworld cinemas.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV:  Keep the kids entertained this half-term with a free half-term activity pack from The Woodland Trust. It's packed full of activities such as nature spotter sheets and things to make. Get it from: www.visitwoods.org.uk.

 

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Date Published:

25/02/2011

 

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