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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 213

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH...

 

CLINKS RESOURCE: VCS Green Paper responses

CLINKS MEMBERS REQUEST: trustees needed

CLINKS MEMBER OF THE WEEK: Penrose

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: London prisons to reroll

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Shadow Justice Secretary speech

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: inspection of offender management

FUNDING: vulnerable children

COMMISSIONING: service user pilots

COMMISSIONING: support for learning difficulties

CAMPAIGN: discrimination against young people

SURVEY: for women's organisations facing cuts

EVENT: family support for substance misuse

EVENT: art exhibition

PUBLICATION: Lib Dems' paper on the VCS

PUBLICATION: guide to GP commissioning

PUBLICATION: addressing teen violence against parents

RESOURCE: justice system guide for people with dyslexia

TRAINING: setting up a social enterprise

OPPORTUNITY: free course for ex-offenders

OPPORTUNITY: to volunteer with men leaving prison

OPPORTUNITY: an hour's free coaching

MEMBERS VACANCIES

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. Submissions in the last week cover volunteering, education, dyslexia, women in secure health settings, and penal reform. Use this resource at: Clinks Green Paper Response [To submit your response to this page, simply email the link to Joe Gardham].

 

 

CLINKS MEMBERS REQUEST: trustees needed

Circles UK, the award winning national charity that works towards reducing sexual reoffending through local Circles of Support and Accountability, is seeking two new members for its Board of Trustees. For further details visit Circles UK.

 

 

CLINKS MEMBER OF THE WEEK: Penrose

Penrose works to create safer and healthier communities and end the cycle of offending and constant return to in-patient psychiatric care. They provide high calibre specialist support, practical interventions, education and employment training for offenders and those with mental illness and personality disorders, leading the way to recovery and reintegration. Penrose are our Member of the Week as they have been awarded a £50,000 grant from Crisis to provide Private Rental Sector housing access across London for those that are ready for reintegration and independent living. Those to benefit from the scheme have been classed as 'hard to place' due to previous, homelessness, anti-social behaviour and chaotic lifestyles. Find out more at: Clinks Member of the Week.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: London prisons to reroll

The recently published 'NOMS London Interventions Strategy' has determined that London local prisons should hold short term and remand prisoners, with longer term offenders being allocated outside the region to training prisons. This strategy aims to provide better resettlement provision for short term prisoners and reduce reoffending rates. Read the full strategy here.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Shadow Justice Secretary speech

Shadow Justice Secretary, Sadiq Khan, recently delivered his first major speech on justice at a Prison Reform Trust conference. His speech, 'The Justice Tests', outlined the future direction of Labour's criminal justice policy review. In the speech he concedes New Labour didn't want to be seen as soft on crime - "playing tough in order not to look soft made it harder to focus on what is effective". He states that he wants to see fewer people in prison, achieved through better rehabilitation and intervention rather than arbitrary targets. He goes on to argue that the current government are cutting prison numbers for economic reasons rather than criminal justice principles, whilst accusing their rehabilitation process of being short-sighted. Download the full speech at: PRT.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: inspection of offender management

'A Joined-up sentence: Offender Management in Prisons in 2009/2010' is a new report based on a series of Joint Inspections by HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons, that examines how well prisoners are being managed under the Offender Management Model, presenting widely varied practice. The report found that offender managers rarely fulfilled their purpose, and offender supervisors or prison officers were expected to take on the role with little training or guidance; information help about prisoners was often held in different places around the prison, and OASys was not being used effectively. Despite these criticisms, the Inspectors found Offender Management Units which were well integrated into the establishment and where core custodial functions sat effectively alongside offender management. Download the report at: MoJ.

 

 

FUNDING: vulnerable children

The Big Lottery's Improving Futures fund has around 20 grants of up to £900,000 available to improve outcomes for children within families who experience multiple and complex problems - for example, to do with poor health, unemployment, debt or housing problems - which can affect their children's wellbeing and life chances. Bids must be led by voluntary sector organisations, but will need to be supported by or include local authorities; need to be able to draw on a broad range of expertise and services; and no more than one expression of interest should be made per local authority area. The deadline for expressing an interest is 12th May at: BIG.

 

 

COMMISSIONING: service user pilots

London Probation Trust is inviting expressions of interest for a 'Service User Council Pilot' as part of their wider Offender Engagement Project. The Service User Council concept seeks to develop a mechanism for consistently gaining service user input to improve their service delivery, policy and organisational strategy. The pilot will test four of Probation's Local Delivery Units - Kingston & Richmond, Tower Hamlets, Haringey, and Greenwich (women only). This Expression of Interest aims to identify potential levels of market interest and service providers as a prelude to the formal invitation to tender (anticipated to be dispatched w/c 4th April 2011). The deadline for responding is 25th March at: London Probation.

 

 

COMMISSIONING: support for learning difficulties

London Probation Trust is tendering for the provision of Assistive Technology Training and is inviting experienced providers to submit a PQQ. The tender is divided into two Lots. Lot 1 will be for the provision of training for assistive technology software. Lot 2 will be for the provision of dyslexia tuition. The deadline for submissions is 1st April at: London Probation.

 

 

CAMPAIGN: discrimination against young people

The London Serious Youth Violence Board, due to hand over its work at the end of March, has passed on the 99% campaign to the young people of London-based Clinks Member Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS). The 99% campaign is a youth-led initiative that recognises that the vast majority of young people are contributing positively towards their communities. Find out more about the campaign, attend the launch and pledge your support at: IARS.

 

 

SURVEY: for women's organisations facing cuts

Women's Resource Centre is currently compiling information on women's organisations facing funding challenges or even closure in order to map out the impact on the sector across England and Wales. To do so, they need your help. WRC have compiled a survey asking women's organisations whether they are facing cuts and, if so, to specify what the cuts are, how they are affecting you and what action you are taking. It will only take a few minutes and the results will prove invaluable for them in examining the impact. Take part! 

 

 

EVENT: family support for substance misuse

Are you affected by someone`s Drug or Alcohol use? Do you need Information and Support? Relatives of Drug Abusers (RODA), in partnership with Adfam, are holding a Communities Information Day [24th March, Sheffield] at which you can browse information stands, find out more about family support services, and hear from keynote speakers. David Blunkett, Patron of RODA, will be in attendance and lunch is provided. To attend, email support_family@btconnect.com.

 

 

EVENT: art exhibition

The Fringe Arts Programme, a London-based initiative established to showcase artists marginalised through reasons of mental ill health launches next week [22nd March - 1st April, Guardian Gallery, London]. Curated by The Bethlem Gallery, artworks have been provided by Creative Future, The Otherside Gallery, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Bethlem Gallery itself. For full details contact simonpowell@freeuk.com.

 

 

PUBLICATION: Lib Dems' paper on the VCS

'Community Futures: Policies on the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering' is a Liberal Democrats policy paper that outlines their vision for the future of the Sector. Key proposals include Modernisation, infrastructure development, encourage corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, localism, funding, social investment and volunteering. Download the paper at: Lib Dems.

 

 

PUBLICATION: guide to GP commissioning

'The functions of GP commissioning consortia' is a new document from the Department of Health that provides an accessible guide for emerging GP commissioning consortia which sets out their proposed statutory duties and powers and illustrative examples of what this could look like in the future. Download it at: Department of Health.

 

 

PUBLICATION: addressing teen violence against parents

'Interventions to address teen violence against parents' is a report by Light Lunch reader Lynette Robinson, who was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2010. Lynette explains: "I spent 10 weeks in the U.S. on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship (and 6 weeks of those in Juvenile Justice Departments) looking at an intervention to address teen violence against parents. My report gives both information of my experience of this issue within a UK context as well as in depth reports on a unique group work interventions, called Step Up Programme, that averts many teens from the Juvenile Justice system through attending the programme. As a cognitive behavioural programme within a restorative justice framework, I feel this is very relevant for consideration in the current UK climate." Download the report at: WCMT or discuss the findings by emailing Lynette.

 

 

RESOURCE: justice system guide for people with dyslexia

'Coping with Courts & Tribunals: A Guide for People with Specific Learning & Processing Differences' is a new guide from DANDA designed to guide people with Dyslexia and related conditions through the maze of the justice system, outlining what support is available and how to access it. It may also be helpful to those without these conditions who face court, tribunal or parole hearings or to those who work in a support or advisory role. Download the guide at: http://www.dyslexia-malvern.co.uk/.

 

 

TRAINING: setting up a social enterprise

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 [6th April, £50, London]. The workshop 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. To book your place contact anna@redochre.org.uk.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: free course for ex-offenders

'Building a Better Future' is a week long course for people who want to move on from their past. The dates of the next courses are Monday 4th to Friday 8th April and Monday 20th to Friday 24th June. The course will be held near Old Street in London. For more information, visit Neall Scott Partnership.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: to volunteer with men leaving prison

'ONE' is a six year pilot to reduce re-offending by male prisoners leaving HMP Peterborough. It is funded by social investment raised through a Social Impact Bond and managed by St Giles Trust. The pilot began on 9th September 2010 and will offer 3,000 short sentenced prisoners intensive interventions before and after release. The project is seeking community volunteers to support and encourage someone who has recently been released from prison. For more information contact Andy Rawlinson - 07870 568145 or Sally Atter - 07870 568136.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: an hour's free coaching

Intelligent Awakenings is offering a free one hour coaching session to the first Light Lunch reader to make contact from the Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire or London areas. Intelligent Awakenings aims to provide support to individuals or alternatively support teams to deliver successful projects which address reoffending behaviours. Find out more about Intelligent Awakenings here, or to apply for the free session email Gillian Ormston.

 

 

MEMBERS VACANCIES

Pact and NEPACS are recruiting three Integrated Family Support Workers, based in HMP Maidstone (Kent), HMYOI Deerbolt and HMP Frankland (both County Durham). View this and other vacancies at: Clinks Members Vacancies.


TIPS OF THE WEEK...

TIP OF THE WEEK I: On 4 April, 1st-class stamps jump 5p to 46p and 2nd-class 4p to 36p. Stock up on any labelled 1st or 2nd now and they'll stay valid.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II: This reusable Odeon voucher gets you 40% off ticket prices between 20th - 31st March.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III: Get a free 7-day pass to use the facilities at 160 Fitness Firsts before 31 March. More info.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV: This pocket sized guide from St John Ambulance gives you essential first aid advice. It covers five common conditions where straightforward first aid could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Download it at: SJA.

 

 

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Date Published:

18/03/2011

 

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