IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH
CLINKS RESOURCE: VCS Green Paper responses
CLINKS EVENT: Arts Alliance conference
CLINKS SERVICE: follow us
CLINKS MEMBER OF THE WEEK: Reflex
CLINKS MEMBERS REQUEST: highlight the impact of the cuts
LIGHT LUNCH READER REQUEST: help needed with staff training
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: a summary of desistance
FUNDING: European Regional Development Fund
COMMISSIONING: visits experience
CONSULTATION: event for women’s organisations
CONSULTATION: age discrimination
EVENT: arts exhibition
EVENT: issues affecting women
EVENT: for young people
TRAINING: for mental health workers
PUBLICATION: cooperatives and mutuals
PUBLICATION: National Inquiry on community alternatives to custody
PUBLICATION: Research, policy and practice for restorative justice
RESOURCE: social impact bonds
RESOURCE: organisational case studies
OPPORTUNITY: free film making courses
TIPS OF THE WEEK…
CLINKS RESOURCE: VCS Green Paper responses
Clinks has collated Green Paper responses from around the voluntary sector in one, easy to find place. The page on our website has been populated by Light Lunch readers in response to a recent request, and includes submissions from organisations working with women, in training and employment, arts, prisoners families, behaviour change programmes, legal aid reform, young people, and restorative justice. We also have two submissions following consultation with service users, including one conducted with offenders in a North West prison. Use this resource at: Clinks Green Paper Response [To submit your response to this page, simply email the link 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 are on Twitter! Follow us now and stay up to date with the latest developments affecting the voluntary sector in the criminal justice system. Visit www.twitter.com/Clinks_Tweets.
Reflex empower young people to break the cycle of offending through education, outreach and mentoring. They work with youth aged 14-21, who are at risk or serving a criminal sentence, delivering creative arts and life skills courses in Young Offender Institutes (YOI) and areas of high depravation across the UK via an innovative social franchise. Reflex are our Member of the Week as they offer a proven approach to reducing youth offending, and are looking to partner with charities who wish to start working in their local YOI or area and would value training and courses that will win them local contracts. Find out more at: Clinks Member of the Week [Want to feature your organisation here? Email Joe Gardham].
Make Justice Work, a new media campaign highlighting the cost and ineffectiveness of short term prison sentences and improve public confidence in community sentences, is seeking voluntary sector agencies that would be willing to share their stories, initially on the Make Justice Work website, in relation to the impact of the cuts upon their service delivery, or indeed upon their continued existence. They are particularly keen to hear from those who deliver services as part of an intensive alternative to custody, or part of community sentences aimed at women, drug and alcohol users and those with mental health needs. Email: email@example.com.
Gwalia provide affordable homes to meet the needs of a broad and diverse range of people in the communities of South and mid Wales. Paul from Gwalia says: "I am interested in training my staff in cognitive approaches to working with ex-offenders but have some reservations as to whether this is the best approach. Do you know if any organisations use a cognitive behavioural approach to working with their clients?" If you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Desistance is the process of abstaining from crime among those who previously had engaged in a sustained pattern of offending. It is fairly unusual for individuals to “quit crime” in the same way they might resign from employment, i.e. making a decision and walking away. NOMS have produced a summary explaining what they know about how people with criminal records avoid re‐offending. It also suggests ways in which NOMS could assist or speed up the process of giving up crime. Download it here.
FUNDING: European Regional Development Fund
The official launch of the fourth funding round of the South East European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will be 25th March, followed by a partners event on the 8th April, Sofitel Hotel, Gatwick. The event will offer delegates the opportunity to learn more about the funding options, network with other interested partners and the chance to book a “surgery session” with sector experts. The fund aims to promote competitiveness and productivity in the South East of England through resource efficiency. More details at: SEEDA.
NOMS East of England will be hosting a supplier event [13th April, Nr Newmarket, Suffolk]for the upcoming "Visits Experience" tender. Places are limited, and the deadline for applying for a place is 29th March. Request a delegate booking form and full agenda. Email Lisa McBride.
Women's Resource Centre, in partnership with Clinks, invites you to attend a Home Office consultation event [23rd March, London, FREE] on the impact of spending cuts on the delivery of women's services to reduce re-offending, supporting victims and protecting communities. The event is for women's organisations to have their say about how community organisations are working to strengthen the sector's independence and resilience in these challenging times. To book a place please email Sam.
The Department of Health is seeking views from across the community on a banning age discrimination consultation. The consultation seeks views on how the ban on age discrimination will be implemented across Government and in relation to health and social care, the potential impact of having no exceptions to the ban. A resource pack to help health and social care organisations prepare for the ban is available at NHS South West, and you can express your views at: Equalities Office.
'Girls Behind Bars: Female Experiences of Justice ' is a new exhibition [9th March - 10th June, Old Street, London, FREE] from mental health charity Together, about the experiences of women within the criminal justice system, who have mental health problems, and other vulnerabilities. Through the art and words of the prisoners and ex-offenders taking part, the exhibition aims to explore their lives, and what justice has been like, from their points of view. Pictures and details at: Together.
Criminology in the Millennium are holding a one day conference [23rd May, London, £100] which will include presentations on Trafficking of African women to Europe; Issues around the rehabilitation of black women offenders; Gangs, Girls and the Female Voice in Violence research project; Female Genital Mutilation: An International Perspective; and Genital Mutilation in the UK. To book your place, email Ruth Chigwada-Bailey.
Bristol based youth homelessness charity Independent People is offering young people, not in employment, education or training in the Bristol and surrounding area the opportunity to try something new [15th March, Bristol]. Over 30 stands will cover apprenticeships, training, courses, volunteering opportunities and live interactive demonstrations in hair and beauty, make up, theatre, woodwork, first aid, DVDs, and workshops. There will be a live job stand with staff on hand to advise and assist young people to make appointments or send off for or fill in application forms. Find out more at: 1625IP.
'A Neurodiversity Perspective - A new role for Occupational Therapy?' is a DANDA workshop [31st March, London, £90] that explores the implications of dyspraxia for everyday living along with guidance on health, educational studies, mental health and employment. The course is suitable for occupational therapists, psychologists, teachers, sencos, occupational health, HR and disability employment advisers. More information at: DANDA.
'Cooperating out of crime' is a new report from Clinks Member Ex-Cell Solutions, which proposes that the 'rehabilitation revolution' would be boosted by the establishment of cooperatives and mutuals. This would allow offenders, ex-offenders, professional staff and community members to work in partnership providing employment, promoting rehabilitation and supplying comprehensive after-care services. Collaborative structures such as these will foster the development of systems of mutual social and economic support to help offenders to desist from crime, and build a safer society. Download the report at: Centre Forum.
The Community or Custody inquiry, commissioned by the Make Justice Work campaign, has published a warning to the Government about the impact of cuts on community sentencing. The Inquiry team, which included Clinks Chair Dame Anne Owers, found ground-breaking community punishments that provide a tough alternative to short prison sentences may be the subject of significant cuts in funding in the next month, and some may be forced to close. The report says that 'simply having the goal to cut the number of prisoners is not enough. If offenders are not re-directed to community programmes like those we have seen during the course of our inquiry, there is a risk that they will simply go on to reoffend.' Download it here.
'Drawing together research, policy and practice for restorative justice' is a new IARS report that gathers the findings from a 2010 seminar, attended by 45 experts in the restorative justice field. The seminar brought together practitioners, researchers and policy makers in restorative justice to discuss gaps that they experienced in their effort to work together. At this critical point in time when the new UK coalition government is consulting on its sentencing reform plans and a less punitive approach to crime, the report identifies some key areas for improvement for restorative justice. Download at: IARS.
Social Finance has published two new documents on Social Impact Bonds. The first contains the frequently asked questions on the pilot at HMP Peterborough, whilst the second is a technical ‘how-to’ guide for organisations interested in developing a criminal justice Social Impact Bond. Download them at: Clinks Links.
The Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness works with many of the voluntary sector's leading practitioners every year, encouraging them to think more critically and creatively about management issues in the sector. KnowHow NonProfit has made some examples of their work available in the form of three case studies - the redundancy process; managing a small organisation in a recession; and managing political activity in the run up to a general election. Download them at: KnowHow NonProfit.
Arts Saves Lives are offering free film making courses for former prisoners and young people with offending problems. The courses, at Goldsmiths College, London, will each last four hours every Tuesday for five months. For more information contact Dean Stalham.
KeepOut The Crime Diversion Scheme are advertising for an Operations Manager at HMP Lewes. View this and other vacancies at: Clinks Members Vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I: "Sign of the Times" is a new comedy showing at the Duchess Theatre in London's West End. They have an offer of £15 a ticket, instead of the usual £46. Book online using the promotional code 'TRAVELOFFER' at Nimax Theatres.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: Get a free pint of Guinness at Pitcher & Piano with this voucher.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: Get 2for1 at Prezzo, Pizza Express, Strada, and ASK.
TIP OF THE WEEK IV: March is 'Free Wills Month', a scheme which offers free wills to the over 55s in 20 different towns every six months. Book in March for an appointment anytime afterwards. This year’s cities are Basingstoke, Bedford, Blackpool, Chesterfield, Coventry, Croydon, Darlington, Eastbourne, Harrogate, Hastings, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northampton, Peterborough, Sheffield, Slough, Sunderland, Twickenham, Wolverhampton and York. Details here.
TIP OF THE WEEK V: The trainline has launched special Easter fares between London and four English cities from just £10 each way. Fares available include London to Bristol...£10, London to Manchester...£11.50, London to Nottingham...£11.20, and London to Liverpool...£12.50. This offer is available for travel on selected dates in April; book at: The trainline.
TIP OF THE WEEK VI: The 4-star Beaumont House Hotel in Windsor has launched an exclusive deal on spring breaks, with stays for £49 per person, per night. The deal includes 3 course dinner, full English breakfast and use of the leisure facilities. Plus children 12 stay and eat for free. The offer is valid for stays until 31 May, but you must book by 23 March at: Principal Hayley.
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