IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH...
LIGHT LUNCH NOTICE
CLINKS VACANCY: Finance Officer
CLINKS NEWS: Clinks supports 'Care not Custody' campaign
CLINKS MEMBER'S BRIEFING: Giving Green Paper
CLINKS RESOURCE: Evaluation evidence bank
CLINKS MEMBER OF THE WEEK: Inside Job Productions
VOLUNTARY SECTOR NEWS: Continuation of Corston Coalition
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: prison contracts announced
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: revised probation standards announced
FUNDING: to tackle serious youth crime
FUNDING: cultural activities
CONSULTATION: NOMS' rehabilitation services
EVENT: prisoners families seminar
EVENT: CRBs and volunteers
EVENT: writing from women in prison
EVENT: Resettlement roadshow
PUBLICATION: arts in prison investigation
PUBLICATION: alternative strategies for criminal justice
OPPORTUNITY: student researcher required
OPPORTUNITY: evaluator required
OPPORTUNITY: researcher required
OPPORTUNITY: volunteer mentors required on South Coast
OPPORTUNITY: free community space for your organisation
TIPS OF THE WEEK...
There will be no Light Lunch on the 22nd or 29th April.
Clinks have a vacancy for a Finance Officer [2 days a week, £25,472 pro rata, London]. The post will involve assisting with book keeping, producing budgets, management accounts and end of year accounts. It would be desirable for the post holder to have knowledge of Quickbooks. For more information please contact Jean Coates, or call 01904 673970. The post would commence in May.
Clinks put our name to a joint letter last week, urging the Government to honour its Care not Custody promise, which would see people with mental health needs diverted away from the Criminal Justice System. Three years since the campaign was launched, we are pleased that both secretaries of state have agreed to work together and commit further resources to the full roll- out of a national liaison and diversion scheme by 2014, as proposed by the Bradley report. Read the full letter at: Guardian.
Clinks have produced a short summary of the key points contained within the Government's Green Paper. The Giving Green Paper is concerned with encouraging social action and contains details of initiatives that will support this. The paper states a particular interest in how smaller charities and community groups can make their presence felt. "We want to hear from charities about how they can do more to improve their social impact reporting, particularly from smaller organisations that have less resource, and whether there is a role for government in facilitating their work on this.? Download the Member's Briefing at: Clinks Member's Briefings.
Clinks have published an online evidence bank of VCS project evaluations. The page provides short case studies of Voluntary and Community Sector organisations that have had their project or organisation evaluated for effectiveness. Organisations featured include Women in Prison, Dance United, and Southside Partnership. This resource aims to showcase examples of good practice, and accompanies guidance and discussion we've published on monitoring outcomes in the Criminal Justice System. Find out more at: Clinks Project Evaluations.
Inside Job Productions (IJP) is a media production company with a twist. They make great films with a purpose helping clients to communicate the issues they care about to the audiences they need to reach. They operate as a social enterprise, investing their income into projects run by Media For Development that help people from isolated communities and deliver education projects in the UK Criminal Justice System. IJP are our Member of the Week because they recently won two Bronze awards at the prestigious 2011 IVCA Awards. Winning these awards is testament to IJP's wonderful talent and celebrates the power of communication to not only entertain but to educate and inspire people to make positive change. Find out more at: Clinks Member of the Week.
News came through from The Bromley Trust last week that the Corston Coalition would continue: "Due to the overwhelming response we have received, the Corston Coalition (CIFC) is going to continue. The role of the Advocate will come to an end on the 13th May but we will be continuing as a coalition to take the work forward. As our chair is now on maternity leave and the vice chair is retiring in May, we are in the process of electing a new chair and we would expect to make an announcement at Antonia's farewell party. Thank you for all your support and we look forward to working with you in the future." Light Lunch will keep you updated of further developments.
Ministry of Justice announced last week that four prisons had completed a two year market test, and subsequent contracts had been awarded. HMP Doncaster will continue to be managed by Serco, HMP Buckley Hall will continue to be managed by the Prison Service, whilst new prison Featherstone 2 and HMP Birmingham will be managed by G4S. Of particular interest to Light Lunch readers will be at HMP Doncaster where Serco will operate the first of the new payment by results pilots, working in partnership with their VCS partners Turning Point and Catch 22. Read the full press release at: Justice.
Revised Probation National Standards have been published that aim to allow frontline probation staff to manage their work with offenders as the risks of each case demands, using their knowledge and drawing on their professional training and experience. Read the full story at: Justice.
The Home Office has launched a new fund to tackle gun, gang and knife crime. The £4 million Communities Against Guns, Gangs and Knives Fund (CAGGK) forms part of these measures and offers sustainable support for over two years to around 200 organisations focusing on young people at risk of violent offending or those already engaged in violent crime. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that work with young people or girls and young women. Groups must be based in England and Wales, and the deadline for electronic applications is 5pm on 15 April 2011 at: http://grantsadmin.co.uk/funding/.
Grants of up to £500 are available to Norfolk's voluntary sector, town and parish councils to help stage and promote non-commercial sporting and cultural events and activities as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend taking place from 22-24 July 2011. Sporting activity can include any sport or physical activity in which the community has the opportunity to participate. Cultural activity can include anything with an artistic or creative theme that can be staged or which the community can participate in. Applications are due by 29th April 2011 at: Norfolk Celebrating Talent.
CONSULTATION: NOMS' rehabilitation services
NOMS is developing outcome-based specifications for the services it funds and delivers to offenders, defendants, victims and the courts. This includes work to develop a Rehabilitation Services specification which will address 'through the gate' issues, and includes the specification for Activity Requirements in the community. Alongside the development of the specification, work will also be underway to produce guidance for commissioners on the range of rehabilitation services delivered within our system. NOMS are inviting queries and contributions by 22nd April. Download the NOMS letter from: Clinks.
'What's new in research and evaluation?' is an Action for Prisoners Families seminar [19th May, Cambridge, £50] that will include presentations by new Philanthropy Capital on Measuring Family Ties, Ormiston Children and Families Trust on their Dads Inside and Out project, Cambridge University on the Effects of Parental Imprisonment, and DASA on its analysis of ex-forces personnel in prisons and probation. There are also a limited number of bursaries available, whilst the event is free to family members. Find out more at: APF.
'Getting it Right: CRBs, Volunteers and Safeguarding' is a one day conference [12th April, Manchester, £40 VCS] that will help you get your head round the latest guidance on CRB checks and safeguarding for volunteers. The event will also see the launch of a new guide to ?Volunteering with a criminal record' from Clinks member Back on Track, with a free copy for each participant. Details and bookings at: GMCVO.
'Beautiful Sentence - writing from women in prison' is an evening event [27th April, London, £5] featuring poet Leah Thorn, writer in residence at Women In Prison; Farah Damji, Women Moving Forward and Laurel Townhead, Women In Prison. The evening will explore the creative writings of women who have experienced incarceration. There will be readings from the anthology 'release', a book of powerful and moving poetry and life-testimony by women in prison on the theme of self-harm. There will also be a screening of excerpts from 'Beautiful Sentence', a documentary by Suzanne Cohen about Leah's work in a women's prison. Book at Woolfson & Tay.
'Back to Their Future' is a resettlement roadshow [10th May, HMYOI Portland] which aims to inspire and enlighten young prisoners and enable as many as possible to obtain resettlement related information, advice and guidance to help them ensure that their return to the community will be successful. To secure a space at the event, request more information from Andrew Bastick or phone him on 01305 715772.
'Arts In Prison' presents three years of research into how prisons are handling enquiries from arts organisations. Each year, for three years, a researcher calling from a fictional arts company contacted the same twenty prisons to enquire who in the prison he might contact to discuss the company's work. The results, while unsurprising to those working in the sector, provide comment on any aspirations the Ministry of Justice might have to provide effective co-ordination with arts organisations to deliver arts within prisons. Download at: Rideout.
Richard Garside, Director of Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, has published his speech at a recent seminar which explored the notion of alternative strategies for the criminal justice system by 'thinking the unthinkable'. The speech looks at how the policies of today would have been unthinkable decades ago, and to move forward, the unthinkable needs to happen again. Download it at: CCJS.
The Bucks Association for the Care of Offenders (BACO) are looking for a student who might be keen to do some research on what impact the grants they give to serving prisoners have on their re-offending rates. BACO is a Registered Charity and a wholly voluntary organisation who provide grants to serving prisoners, ex-offenders and their families living within the County of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. Requests for assistance come through the Probation Service, the BACO Support Service in prisons, and other charitable organisations. If you're interested, or know of someone who may be able to help, please contact the Chair Gill Vine or visit their website at http://baco.org.uk/.
Clean Break is looking to contract an evaluator/researcher with experience of evaluating arts project in criminal justice settings, and a particular interest in the experience of women offenders. The contract runs from May - December 2011, with the final report due in January 2012. The deadline for applications is Friday 15th April 2011. Contact Anna Herrmann.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation is calling for individuals with a Research and Development background to deliver a project which will investigate how local communities in York need to change in order to be good places for people with dementia to live, and live well. A budget of up to £45,000 (including VAT) is available for one project only, and the deadline for applications is 3rd May 2011. Find out more at: JRF.
Nacro's Milestones is a mentoring project based at HMYOI Portland. They are looking for new volunteer mentors based in Dorset and Hampshire to work with young men aged between 18 and 21 who are nearing release from custody. Mentors will meet their mentee prior to their release and then will meet once back in the community, typically once a week. Mentors provide practical and emotional support, full training is provided and we ask for a minimum commitment of six months. Applicants must be aged 23 or over. For more information email Verity Bayley.
On 13th May artist Christoph Buchel will transform the Hauser & Wirth's London Piccadilly gallery into a temporary, pop-up community centre. Hauser & Wirth would then like to host a broad range of community groups, classes and workshops in this space. The construction for this project has already begun and will result in a fully functioning community centre that will include a ballroom, an art therapy room, a computer room, and a canteen. The exhibition will run through the end of July and they are offering space free of charge to community organisations. To get involved email Joseph Harrison Davies.
SOVA are looking for a caseworker [Wetherby] and Safe Ground are seeking a Commercial Manager [London]. View these and other vacancies at: Member's Vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I: Get a free Ben & Jerry's ice cream at any store between 6-9pm on Tuesday 12th April. Details here.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: Buy a drink at Yates' this weekend and get a free Chilli con carne with this voucher.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: A 2 night in a 17th-century mansion in Darlington is now on offer for £69 per person. Deal includes breakfast both mornings, dinner on first night, bottle of wine and room upgrade. To book call the hotel on 0844 855 9150 and quote 'TZOOBLACK'.
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