IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH...
CLINKS NEWS: new training course
CLINKS NEWS: your help needed
CLINKS NEWS: arts alliance survey
CLINKS TRAINING: Volunteering with offenders in the Community
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: new anti-social behaviour scheme launched
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Green Paper consultation report
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: women's funding announced
CONSULTATION: Future role of the Probation Service
FUNDING: innovation fund
COMMISSIONING: young people at risk of offending
COMMISSIONING: offender accommodation
PUBLICATION: do charities really need to learn from business?
PUBLICATION: cutting the costs of mental ill health
PUBLICATION: children and families
EVENT: female substance misusers
EVENT: Howard League's annual conference
TRAINING: domestic and sexual violence
OPPORTUNITY: volunteer with a new social enterprise
OPPORTUNITY: to refer young people with mental health needs
OPPORTUNITY: volunteer with offender resettlement project
TIPS OF THE WEEK...
CLINKS NEWS: new training course
Service users should be at the centre of your organisation: their experience and views will ensure that services are effective and help build the confidence of the service user. So how do you make this happen, and support service users to make a real contribution? This new one-day training course from Clinks in partnership with Revolving Doors Agency will help you identify how this can be achieved and implemented across your organisation [9 June, London, £90 VCS]. Book your place now at Clinks Training.
Clinks are interested in hearing from any organisations that are working in prisons or with Probations Trusts to deliver Service User Engagement to gather feedback from prisoners and offenders about their experiences within the criminal justice system, for example in facilitated focus groups. If you can support our work by providing information of where this exists, or to discuss further, please contact Clare Hayes.
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.
CLINKS TRAINING: Volunteering with offenders in the Community
This 2-day course [13 & 14 July, London, £200 Clinks Members] provides a comprehensive introduction to working with offenders in the community. It explores key issues faced by volunteers, and the organisations that manage them. Participants receive a free copy of our 'Volunteering with Offenders in the Community' resource pack which is written and produced in a flexible, easy to use format. It has been designed to support the training of staff and volunteers in the Voluntary and Community Sector who are working with offenders in the community. Find out more and book your place at: Clinks Training.
A brand new and unique approach to dealing with antisocial behaviour was launched in Devon and Cornwall this week. The Antisocial Behaviour Diversion Scheme, which is the first in the country, has been designed specifically for offenders in Devon and Cornwall. The scheme is aimed mainly at people who are given a Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) for minor offences, and will give them the opportunity to attend a challenging and interactive awareness course for £40 rather than pay the £80 fine. A number of partners have worked together to develop the new initiatives including police, probation, fire, antisocial behaviour co-ordinators, local safety partnerships, Freedom Social Projects and a number of key third sector organisations. Download the press release at: Clinks Holding Page.
Following the publication of the Breaking the Cycle Green Paper the Ministry of Justice carried out a series of regional events with senior leaders from across the delivery chain to seek their views on the policy proposals. The events gave attendees the opportunity to discuss the content of the paper. The events included two workshops; one looking at the opportunities and risks that the paper presented, the other was specifically focused on payment by results, as this was an area identified as of particular interest in the round of senior leaders events that took place prior to the publication of the consultation document. Download the MoJ's report at: Clinks Holding Page.
Work to address women's offending can continue at 26 community projects across England thanks to a one off £3.2m funding deal between the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and the Corston Independent Funders' Coalition. This funding will mean women's community services can continue to deliver approved programmes including drug and alcohol treatment whilst working in collaboration with probation, police and other agencies. Read the press release and see which organisations were awarded funding at: Clinks Holding Page.
The Justice Committee is launching an online forum on Tuesday 17th May to encourage wider participation in its inquiry on the probation service. The forum, which will run for 5 weeks, is intended primarily for frontline probation practitioners, although the Committee would welcome participation by other individuals or organisations, including probation middle managers and probation trust board members, and other practitioners who work with offenders, the public, (ex-) offenders and their families, victims of crime, sentencers and small voluntary sector providers. Have your say at: Probation Service Enquiry.
North Yorkshire County Council Adult and Community Services is making £1,578,000 worth of funding available to the voluntary sector and partners over a three year period through its Innovation Fund to create modern support approaches for people in a number of key areas. These areas include promotion of choice, independence or well-being; equality of opportunity; and personalised services. The fund is only open to applications from North Yorkshire based voluntary organisations and the maximum amount for each individual bid is £50,000. The deadline for applications is 27th May; view the full criteria and supporting documents at: NYCC.
Lancashire County Council have an early intervention and criminal justice programme that aims to provide support for children and young people (aged 8 - 13) at risk of offending and anti-social behaviour and their families that do not currently receive an appropriate service. Preston Childrens Trust Board would like to have a service for Preston that provides an individually tailored intervention which addresses behaviour and crucially wider factors associated with increased risk of offending including being the victim of crime, poor school attendance, lack of positive relationships and poor emotional health. Details at: BusinessLink.
Suffolk County Council is running a £100,000 - £200,000 'Suffolk Offenders Accommodation Project' to support offenders to find suitable domestic accommodation. The deadline for applications is 3rd June, more information is available at: BusinessLink.
Debra Allcock Tyler has responded to Nick Hurd's comment that the voluntary sector needs more business skills. She asks "what is this constant exhortation to ape the private sector really all about? Is this just a euphemism for becoming inappropriately competitive; focusing on revenue rather than cause and becoming bigger, because that's what drives companies?" And her final message for the Sector is "be open to new ideas and ways of working. But charities - I beg you, ignore those calls to be more like businesses. You're absolutely great at what you do when you remember you're charities. Frankly, I think business has more to learn from you." Read the full article at: Third Sector.
'Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention: the Economic Case' is a new report from Centre for Mental Health that finds early intervention in psychosis teams, which work with young people in their first episode of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, save the economy a total of £18 for every pound spent on them. Suicide training for GPs saves £44 for every pound while bridge safety barriers save £54. Screening and brief intervention in primary care for alcohol misuse saves nearly £12 for every pound invested and workplace health promotion programmes save nearly £10. Read the report at: Centre for Mental Health.
The final report of the Munro Review has been published. It finds that a 'one-size-fits-all approach' to child protection is preventing local areas from focusing on the needs of the child. The report suggests that local areas should have more freedom to develop their own effective child protection services, rather than focusing on meeting central government targets. Recommendations include local services being free to redesign their services based on need, more focus on early intervention, and giving weight to feedback from children and families. Find out more at: Department for Education.
'Where now for women substance misusers?' is a one day conference [24th May, Brighton, £130] that will bring together speakers from a variety of disciplines to address and debate the issues affecting female substance misusers and their children in the new economic and political climate. Themes to be covered in both plenary sessions and workshops include: Communicating with children affected by substance misuse; Domestic Violence and substance misuse; and Gender specific recovery for female drug misuse. Find out more at: Oasis Project.
The Howard League's annual conference [6th July, London, £135 VCS] will feature a keynote speech from Crispin Blunt MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice. The conference will discuss the future of the criminal justice system in response to government plans. The conference will also include the Community Programmes Awards 2011, with Ian Hislop, Editor of Private Eye presenting awards to the country's most successful programmes for their excellence and best practice. For further information and booking details can be found at: Howard League for Penal Reform.
Tender is a specialist domestic and sexual violence prevention organisation based in London. They deliver nationwide training including 'working with young people to address violence in teenage relationships and sexual violence' and 'Awareness and Good Practice when working with women victims of domestic and sexual violence'. For more information or to book a course visit Tender.
Partners of Prisoners and Families support group (POPS) are holding a volunteer open day [27th May, 1pm-4pm, Manchester] for their new social enterprise'2nd chance' - a new cafe and catering facility located in Prestwich, Manchester. The enterprise will create placements, supported by accredited training, for offenders' families, ex offenders and volunteers. POPS are looking for volunteers within the Manchester area to provide catering assistance. If you are currently looking for volunteer placements for clients, future placements for volunteers or would like to volunteer yourself and would like to attend the open day, please contact Melissa Duckworth.
Southend Mind is a local mind association (LMA) and our REASON (Racial Equality Accessing Support Opportunities Now) works with ethnic minority clients to improve access to mental health and learning disabilities across the South East and South West Essex. The service is happy to advise people from ethnic minority backgrounds about mental health learning disability services in the area they are being discharged from prison or going back to post prison. Find out more about this service at: Southend Mind.
Transitions is a new project from Exeter Community Initiatives that works with people who are moving out of supported accommodation, to help them settle into their local community. The client group is not exclusively ex-offenders but many clients are likely to have a history of offending and other complex issues. They are recruiting volunteers to work with clients in a mentoring/befriending capacity, supporting people to identify what they need to live independently, to develop independent living skills and create support networks. The overall aim is to equip people with their own personal toolkit to be able to manage without regular ongoing support. Training is due to start at the end of May. Volunteers will receive support and supervision and out-of-pocket expenses will be paid. To find out more visit ECI.
Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) require a PA to the Director & Office Administrator [London], and Superact CIC is seeking a Part Time Office Assistant [Taunton]. View these and other vacancies at: Clinks Members Vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I: Britannia Hotels has launched a sale across its 30 properties in Britain for May and June stays. Rooms are now available from £69 per room, per night which includes breakfast and dinner for two. Venues include Bolton, Nottingham, Bournemouth and Brighton. Book by 25th May at: Britannia Hotels.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: Treat yourself to dinner at Gordon Ramsay's Michelin-starred Maze restaurant for just £48 [London]. This deal includes four tasting dishes of your choice and a cocktail. Available for dinner, Sunday-Thursday, until 31 August at: Travelzoo.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: Buy a promotional pack of McCoy's crisps with a red banner across the top and get 2for1 on main courses at 1,000s of Indian restaurants. Find out more at: McCoys.
TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Get three months' free entry to 200 UK museums and galleries, including Kensington Palace, Cardiff Castle and 3 Shakespeare Houses, with a free National Art Pass at: ArtFund.
TIP OF THE WEEK V: From 3pm to 5pm, 13 to 22 May, you can get any Starbucks Frappuccino for half price.
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