IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…
CLINKS SERVICE: Working with Offenders Directory
CLINKS PUBLICATION: response to Green Paper
CLINKS SERVICE: new network launched for volunteering and mentoring
CLINKS TRAINING: evaluating outcomes for female offenders
CLINKS MEMBER OF THE WEEK: City of Exeter YMCA
CLINKS REQUEST: have you responded to the Green Paper?
GOVERNMENT NEWS: plans to protect VCS from local authority cuts
FUNDING: self-harm prevention
FUNDING: for start up organisations
FUNDING: transition funding
CONSULTATION: experiences of Probation
EVENT: practical support for small charities
EVENT: prison policy and practice
EVENT: annual Perrie Lectures
EVENT: women in the CJS
EVENT: resolving conflict
EVENT: making community involvement work
TRAINING: various criminal justice courses
PUBLICATION: accommodation support for young people leaving prison
PUBLICATION: listening to young people in custody
OPPORTUNITY: to promote your organisation
OPPORTUNITY: to evaluate children in custody project
TIPS OF THE WEEK…
CLINKS SERVICE: Working with Offenders Directory
Have you uploaded your organisation onto our Working with Offenders Directory yet? This free online resource is aimed at identifying organisations that support offender rehabilitation – both in prison and in the community. It is used widely by prison and probation services to find resettlement services, other VCS organisations to see who is working in their area or field of work, and families of offenders to identify support needs for their partners in, or leaving, custody. It only takes 10 minutes to register for this free shop window for your organisation. Register now at www.workingwithoffenders.org.
Clinks have published our response to the ‘Breaking the Cycle’ Green Paper. We very much support the ambition to reduce the prison population by reserving custodial sentencing to those offenders that present a risk of harm to the public. There is quite clearly a significant role for the VCS in supporting the Government to achieve this aim and to effect a significant reduction in reoffending. Clinks’ response addresses most, but not all, of the questions identified in the Green Paper. It is structured around key themes of particular relevance to the VCS working in the CJS, informed by the issues prioritised by workshop participants at our various consultation events across the country. Download it at: Clinks Responses.
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.
'Assessing Need, Monitoring Progress and Evaluating Outcomes for VCS Services for Female Offenders' is a 2 day training course [28th & 29th March, Bristol, Free] for VCS projects that provide services to female offenders in the South West. The course aims to share good practice for assessing need, monitoring progress and evaluating outcomes. A resource guide will be developed from the training for future use. The deadline for applications is Monday 7th March; interested participants should contact Louise Clark.
City of Exeter YMCA Community Projects currently deliver ‘Perspectives...Doing Life Differently’ a groundbreaking personal development/life skills intervention in three South West Prisons. They are just about to pilot a six week course in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Probation Service that will expose prolific offenders to organisations and agencies with a superb teamwork and personal development ethos such as the Royal Marines, Fire and Emergency Services, Eden Project and many others in parallel with personal development and employment training. Find out more at: Clinks Member of the Week [Want to feature your project here? Email Joe Gardham].
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.
Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced this week that he expects local authorities to behave reasonably in the way they manage their relationship with voluntary and community groups; setting out three tests of reasonableness. First, that councils should not pass on disproportionate cuts to local and voluntary groups. Secondly that they should talk to voluntary and community groups at a very early stage about how services need to change. And thirdly, that they will have at least three months notice about the need to end or alter a grant or other support. He defined disproportionate cuts as bigger reductions to budgets than they take on themselves. He also gave a commitment to consider giving statutory force to these expectations should local authorities fail to meet them. You can download the full speech at: NCVO.
A new Trust, the Wellness Fund Foundation, has been created to raise funds for charities that promote health and wellbeing. It aims to tackle self-harm among young people, and as such will donate half of the funds it raises to charities which help those who self-harm. Get involved at: TWFF.
A funding pot of almost £20m has been created by a consortium of social finance providers to support small and medium-sized social enterprises and businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber. Some £19.95m will be available over the next three years to start-up organisations working in the area, which suffers from an above-average unemployment rate. Find out more at: Civil Society magazine.
Southwark Council has established a Sustainability Fund for charitable organisations in the borough to help them adapt when they are at risk from reductions in Southwark Council funding. Grants will be less than £25,000 and are for activities such as fundraising strategies or funding bids, business plans, mergers and collaborations, sharing back office costs, initiatives around personalisation/innovation and new models of more effective/efficient service provision and realising savings. Only organisations currently in receipt of Southwark Council funding can apply. More information at: Southwark Council.
User Voice is running a series of consultations for London Probation Trust with service users in Haringey, Tower Hamlets, Richmond & Kingston and Greenwich (women only). The consultation will seek to get insight about their experiences of Probation and other related services and explore ways that they can increasingly be involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of provision. If you know of anyone who fits these criteria then please contact Paula Harriott.
The Small Charities Coalition is holding a 'Link up and Learn' event [28th March, York, £10] - a packed day of practical sessions covering a range of subjects such as online fundraising, communications on a shoe-string and successful bid writing with a host other interesting ways for you to gain new skills, new insights and new contacts. The Small Charities Coalition has been around since 2008 and now has over 700 small charity members. Membership is absolutely free and entitles small charities to a range of benefits including a skills sharing and mentoring service, peer-to-peer support networks, access to free and discounted products and services and more. Find out more and book your place at: Small Charity Coalition.
'Reading, 'Riting, Relationships' is Safeground's Annual Policy Symposium [24th March, House of Lords London, ] which will focus on integrating offenders' families into prison policy and practice. The event is chaired by Dr. Tim Bateman, University of Bedfordshire and features Frances Flaxington, Ministry of Justice. Book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Imprisonment and its values: The cost of cuts' is the title of the 2011 Perrie Lectures [10th June, Rugby, £50], a day of lectures, discussion and debate aimed at stimulating dialogue between criminal justice organisations, the voluntary sector and all those with an academic, legal or practical interest in offenders and their families. Paul McDowell will chair the day, with presentations from Juliet Lyon, Colin Moses and Alison Liebling. Find out more and book your place at: Perrie Lectures.
To launch their new centre, Women in Prison are holding two events in one day [9th March, London, Free]. 'Good Practice Toolkit' is a half day conference for people working with women in the criminal justice system, sharing good practice and connecting with other voluntary and statutory agencies followed by a networking reception. This is preceded by New Start – a women only drop-in event for women currently or previously in contact with the criminal justice system. Find out more and book your place at: Women in Prison.
'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.
'Reducing Crime: How Can You Make Community Involvement Work?' is a conference [7th April, Exeter, Free] run by JustPeople, the Devon-based volunteering initiative run by pact. The event aims to provide good practice examples of building bridges with local communities, helping statutory and third sector organisations to work together, and finding the funds to do it all. Speakers will include representatives from NOMS, Devon & Cornwall Probation Trust, pact, key funders and a range of third sector agencies. Places are available first-come, first-served by emailing Su Starkey.
Back on Track have published a new schedule of training courses for March - June 2011. The courses [Manchester, £25] cover working with ex-offenders [9th May], mental health awareness [18th March or 1st June], adult literacy awareness [28th March] and an introduction to mentoring [14th March]. The courses are at introductory level and are aimed at workers or volunteers who would like to be more confident at working with issues faced by their service users. Find out more and book at: Back on Track.
'No Fixed Abode: the accommodation struggle for young people leaving custody in England' is a new report from Barnardos that calls for a cross-government action plan and dedicated senior officials from the MoJ, Department for Education and Department for Communities and Local Government to ensure that suitable accommodation for young people leaving custody is an issue of urgent priority. Download it at Barnardos.
Clinks Member User Voice has produced a report for the YJB and Children's Commissioner following consultation with young people in the secure estate. Following the report, the YJB have committed to stop the routine use of full searches across the youth estate; review the criteria used to separate young people in custody to manage problems that arise; handle complaints more fairly and effectively; and undertake work with NOMS and the Samaritans to improve young people’s access to helpline services. Find out more at: YJB.
The London 2012 Inspire Programme recognises any innovative and non commercial projects, programmes, modules and events genuinely inspired by the 2012 Games. They are looking for projects and events that forge new relationships, promote personal excellence and focus on any of the following themes: sport, culture, business, education, volunteering and environmental sustainability. Your organisation will receive increased publicity, communications support and new networking opportunities. Get involved at: The Inspire Programme.
Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) are seeking tenders to evaluate their project to end violence against children in custody. For more information email Carolyne Willow.
Sussex Pathways are recruiting a Project Manager and a Volunteer Coordinator [both HMP Lewes], whilst Howard League are looking for a Youth Participation Officer and a National Student Organiser [both London]. View these and other vacancies at: Clinks Members Vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I: If you’re unsure of your legal rights at work, the legal service arm of consumer champion Which? is offering 15 minutes of free legal phone advice between the dates of Wednesday 2 March to Friday 11 March 2011. Call the Legal Service team on 01992 822828, Monday to Friday 8.30am - 6pm.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: For just £99 per person, a 2 night stay at The De Vere Barony Castle nr. Edinburgh includes full breakfast, 3 course dinner on one night, traditional Scottish cream tea, welcome malt whisky on arrival and two adult tickets to the Royal Yacht Britannia, Leith, or the Roslyn Chapel. Use the promo code 'PROZOD' at De Vere.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: Get 30% off at Gap with this voucher.
TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Pay just £16 for £40 of food and drink for two people at Firecracker in Westminster. Visit Groupon.
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