IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH...
LIGHT LUNCH NOTICE
CLINKS PRESS RELEASE: Sector facing challenging times
CLINKS VACANCY: Finance Officer
CLINKS MEMBER OF THE WEEK: User Voice
VOLUNTARY SECTOR NEWS: voluntary sector workforce figures
FUNDING: health and social care volunteering
FUNDING: renewable energy
FUNDING: Big Society in Oxfordshire
COMMISSIONING: Community Payback Provision
AWARDS: for crime-fighting organisations
CONSULTATION: arts organisations facing cuts
PAGEREF _Toc290474263 \h EVENT: new plays by prisoners and ex-prisoners
EVENT: children and young people in London
EVENT: counselling in prison
PUBLICATION: arts in prison investigation
OPPORTUNITY: professional development
OPPORTUNITY: free adult learning courses
OPPORTUNITY: teaching in prisons training
RESOURCE: Islamic position on terrorism
RESOURCE: How to guides
TIPS OF THE WEEK...
LIGHT LUNCH NOTICE
This is the last Light Lunch until 6th May.
Voluntary and Community Sector organisations working to prevent and reduce crime are losing vital funding in the face of multiple challenges and growing demand for their services. Our latest press release presents the results from two surveys of nearly 300 Light Lunch readers in Winter 2010/11. The surveys show that 68% of you have staff on, or imminently facing, precautionary redundancy notices; More than three quarters have had grant income reduced already, and 87% expect further cuts in the year ahead; 83% of you report an increase in the number of people seeking your help, and 96% are spending more time on fundraising. Read the press release at: Clinks Press Releases.
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. The post would commence in May. Download the job specification and application form at Work for Clinks.
User Voice is led and delivered by ex-offenders. It exists to reduce offending by working with the most marginalised people in and around the criminal justice system to ensure that practitioners and policy-makers hear their voices. User Voice is Clinks' Member of the Week as it has just published the final report of the largest user-led consultation with young offenders. As part of 'What's Your Story', it engaged with nearly 600 of the most marginalised young people talking directly to 325 throughout England all led by ex-offenders. Find out more at: Clinks Member of the Week [Want to feature your organisation here? Email Joe Gardham].
The latest Labour Force Survey figures indicate numbers of paid staff and average hourly pay in the voluntary sector have failed to recover since the last quarter, despite increased emphasis on the Government's Big Society. Julie Wilkes of Skills - Third Sector reports that "charities have been holding their breath on staff cuts in the last quarter, waiting to hear if their contracts with government will be renewed. The next two quarters will be the real test of the state of the sector as they include the end of the financial year. (Pressure on labour markets) places a further burden on the voluntary sector which is increasingly seen as the backstop for public sector cuts". Read the press release at: Skills - Third Sector.
The Department of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) second local grant scheme is now open to applications. HSCVF provides a combination of grant funding and support to local Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations. Up to £50,000 is available for 2 or 3 year projects. Find out more and apply before the 25th May deadline at Volunteering Fund.
Through the new Energyshare Fund, grants of up to £100,000 are available to give registered community groups in Britain the opportunity to save energy and get involved in sourcing, using and generating their own renewable energy. Projects must be supported by the local community, create a tangible and lasting impact and be able to inspire more community renewable projects. Applicants need to register online and generate as much support as possible on their group's page to gain consideration. The deadline for the first round of funding is 31st May 2011 at: Energy Share.
The Big Society Fund, provided and administered by Oxfordshire County Council, is designed to help communities get new ideas going. Not-for-profit voluntary and community organisations, schools, PTAs, parish and town councils can apply for one-off funding to help provide needed services within Oxfordshire. One-off grants can be used for different things, including, but not limited to buying equipment and furniture, refurbishment or landscaping to make a space fit for purpose, and training costs for volunteers. The next deadline for applications is 31st May at: Big Society Fund.
West Yorkshire Probation Trust (WYPT), acting on behalf of seven Trusts (West Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Humberside, North Yorkshire, Durham Tees Valley and Northumbria), wishes to establish a Qualified Provider List for the provision of Unpaid Work/ Community Payback Offender Placements. The Qualified Provider List will identify organisations that have the capacity and expertise to provide appropriate work and supervision of offenders, under contract to the WYPT or under sub contract to any of WYPT's partner Trusts. For enquiries or an application pack please contact: Jayne Beresford.
Projects designed to tackle anti-social behaviour, violence against women and girls, burglary, drug and alcohol related crime, criminal damage and arson have until 13th June 2011 to submit their entries to the Tilley Awards. The Awards celebrate local initiatives which can demonstrate the following three things: The use of a problem-solving model; Partnership working; and Measurable impact on crime reduction or community safety issues. There is a £2,000 prize for the winning organisation. Find out more at: Home Office.
CONSULTATION: arts organisations facing cuts
The Arts Alliance Steering Group in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, Arts Council England, DBIS, DCMS and other partners have created an online survey to track the effect of the economic downturn on arts organisations. The survey is designed to capture all of the potential difficulties you may be facing as well as the creative responses and solutions you may be formulating. The results will help the Arts Alliance to campaign for more funding where needed and find out what support you need. Have your say at: Arts Alliance Surveys.
Tests of faith, truth and nerve from the imaginations of prisoners and ex-prisoners, Synergy Theatre Project's first festival of new plays celebrates the work of compelling new playwrights with two production premieres and readings [9th to 21st May, Soho Theatre, London, from £10]. More information and bookings at: Soho Theatre.
Greater London Authority (GLA) is inviting organisations to a half-day seminar [27th April, 10am - 1pm, London] to discuss the development of an evidence-base for programmes for children and young people in London. The event coincides with the launch of Project Oracle, the Mayoral programme for 'understanding and sharing what really works' in preventing youth crime and improving the lives of children and young people. The session will ensure that feedback is collated and played into further policy developments for London. To book your place, visit: GLA.
"Celebrating Therapy in the Custodial Setting" is the Counselling in Prisons Network's 4th Annual Conference [15th & 16th June, York, £175], aimed at all those involved or interested in working therapeutically with offenders / ex-offenders. View the programme, flyer and book your place at YSJ.
'Improving Services for Young People - an economic perspective' is a new Catch 22 report that reveals if a more coordinated approach to services for vulnerable young people were adopted the cost benefits to the state, and improved outcomes for young people, would be to the value of £3.2 billion. Catch22 is calling for decisive action to overhaul our approach to young people's transition to adulthood, with the years 16 to 25 formally recognised as a life stage responded to by central and local government. The report shows that adopting a more joined-up approach to services for young people would see a return of £5.65 for every £1.00 invested. More at: Catch22.
The Clore Social Leadership Programme, which seeks to build leadership capacity in the third sector, will open applications for its third cohort of Fellows on April 18. The Programme is offering up to 20 Fellowships to individuals demonstrating exceptional potential in work with charities, community organisations, social enterprise and cooperatives. Find out more and apply at: CSLP.
The Adult and Community Learning team at West Berkshire Council is offering a range of free leisure and employment related courses to communities throughout West Berkshire. The courses are open to over 19's, and must be completed by 31st July. For more details visit West Berks.
'Training Teachers and Instructors to Teach in Prisons/Detention Centres' is a five day training course for Adult education providers, Teachers, Directors of prisons/detention centres, Directors of Prison Education centre, Prison officers, Education Policy Makers, Researchers in Education in Prisons. The course will be held between the 19th and the 23rd September 2011 in Malta. If you are interested in attending the course you may apply for 100% funding through a Grundtvig In-Service Training Courses Grant. Full details at: Grundtvig.
Islamic Diversity Centre (IDC) have produced a video featuring a well respected Muslim Scholar explaining the explaining the true Islamic position on terrorism. Muslims are often criticised for not being vociferous enough in condemning terrorism and the video intends to rectify this situation. Since 2005, IDC has been working in the Muslim Community and the wider community, liaising with the police and local authorities to clarify misconceptions about Islam and build bridges with people of other faiths. Watch the video at: youtube.
KnowHow NonProfit's excellent 'How to...' guides are available free of charge on their website. Guides range from 'How to fundraise in tough times' to 'How to close down a project or organisation'. There are over 54 guides available, and each one is fully editable. Find out more at: KnowHow NonProfit.
Reflex are advertising for an Education Programmes Manager based in Halesowen. View this and other vacancies at: Clinks Members Vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I: 2 night stays at Hackness Grange Hotel on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors have been discounted to £99 per person which includes breakfast and 3 course dinner both nights. Details at: Hackness Grange.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: Lastminute.com is now offering savings on all tickets to "Les Miserables" in the West End, with prices starting at just £18. Book before 26th April at: Lastminute.com.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: Travelsmith is currently offering a 4-star break in Watergate Bay, Cornwall for £99 per person for stays between 2nd June and 7th July. The deal includes 3 nights' accommodation, admission to tthe Lost Gardens of Heligan, and Admission to Trevarno Estate & Gardens. Details at: Travelsmith.
TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Get 7 dishes and 2 drinks for £20 at Real Greek, until 27th April, with this voucher.
TIP OF THE WEEK V: Get a free cocktail or pint at Pitcher and Piano with this voucher.
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