IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH...
CLINKS NEWS: office move
CLINKS PUBLICATIONS: BAME resettlement
CLINKS NEWS: project update
CLINKS TRAINING: Volunteering with offenders in the Community
CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: TV appearance
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: four year plan for Home Office
GOVERNMENT NEWS: red tape task force reports
FUNDING: to use creative media
FUNDING: young people at risk of offending
FUNDING: public to decide on new lottery fund
FUNDING: for small organisations in Westminster
COMMISSIONING: drug intervention programme
AWARDS: Big Society
PUBLICATION: prisoners as volunteers
PUBLICATION: the social care needs of short term prisoners
PUBLICATION: children and families
PUBLICATION: the financial impact of supporting women offenders
TRAINING: child protection
OPPORTUNITY: art school for young women
RESOURCE: London office space
RESOURCE: cheap computers
TIPS OF THE WEEK...
CLINKS NEWS: office move
Clinks will shortly be moving to a new office in Central London. This move streamlines our two existing offices in York and London to deliver cost-saving and staff efficiency. Your Clinks staff contacts will remain the same. Due to the move, there will be no Light Lunch on Friday 3 June, so please ensure any content is submitted for next week's edition by 5pm Wednesday. More details of our office move and our new contact details will be circulated shortly.
"Lessons for resettlement" is the latest Clinks study that explores issues around resettlement for black, Asian and ethnic minority prisoners. This follow-up study to our Double Trouble report sought to examine in detail the scope for statutory and non-statutory services to support and promote successful resettlement, particularly for BAME offenders. For the study, all 15 ex-prisoners were interviewed in depth on two occasions about their backgrounds, history of involvement in the criminal justice system, and the process of resettling after release from prison. Five key themes emerged from the research findings: Practical and emotional needs; Processes of internal change; Barriers to access and engagement of BAME ex-prisoners; Role of BAME-focused organisations and staff; and Giving something back. Download the report at: Clinks publications.
Following a consultation period, we are launching our Sustainable Work with Offenders project. The project is targeted primarily at small-to-medium sized organisations working with offenders that are currently facing financial challenges and wish to improve financial sustainability. Over 20 small - medium organisations took part in the consultation process, and identified support needs around collaboration, sub-contracting and commissioning opportunities, as well as more generic strategic support and market-place events. To find out more about the project, visit: Clinks.
There are still a few places available on this 2-day course [13 & 14 July, London, £200 Clinks Members]which 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.
Viewers of Channel 4's Secret Millionaire will have got a nice surprise last week as two Clinks Members, Shannon Trust and Storybook Dads, were recipients of a philanthropist volunteering undercover at HMYOI Brinsford. The joint chief executive of a communications and IT consultancy, Piers Linney has been named one of the country's most influential black people. After a week's volunteering he made donations to Shannon Trust's Toe by Toe reading plan and Storybook Dads' recorded bedtime stories. He also provided long-term mentoring and financial support to two individual prisoners. You can watch this edition online at: Channel 4 and for those that saw it, an update on Daniel and Robert is here.
The Home Office have published their plan for the next four years. Priorities include preparing for introduction of police and crime commissioners, scaling back the criminal records regime, and delivering Home Office actions in the cross-government violence against women and girls action plan. Find out more at: Home Office.
The Red Tape Task Force has presented Nick Hurd, the minister for civil society, with its report calling for a more 'common sense' approach and measures to encourage volunteering and social investment. 'Unshackling Good Neighbours' examines the reasons people are put off giving their time or money, and the barriers to growth faced by charities and civil society organisations. Download at Cabinet Office.
The Media Trust has opened a grassroots grants scheme, offering cash, training and support to communities isolated and disempowered by age, long-term illness or disability. Under the Community Voices project, communities around England can make a positive difference to their lives by using creative digital media. Grants of up to £500 are available at: Media Trust.
'Realising Ambition' is a new £25m fund from The Big Lottery Fund, which aims to support children at risk of offending. BLF are seeking a lead partner to manage and deliver the fund. They will then ask the partner to develop an overall strategy and use this to identify a portfolio of around 30 individual projects across the UK that is suitable for replication. The deadline to apply to become a partner is 23rd June at: BLF.
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has revealed it is to launch an £11 million programme to invest in five projects to be chosen by the public. The Millennium Now programme will allow the public to decide the themes that best represent their priorities for lottery funding in the current climate and will help to find five inspirational projects across the UK, each to receive a multi-million Big Lottery Fund cash injection. No specific details have been announced yet, but you can find out more about the idea at http://millenniumnow.org.uk/.
Westminster Small Grants is offering up to £5,000 a year for community projects benefiting Westminster residents. Eligible projects will encourage people to play a more active part in making their neighbourhood a better place to live; bring people from different backgrounds together; help solve a problem in your community; or train your organisation's volunteers and management committee. Qualifying organisations must have a yearly income of less than £30,000, have been working in Westminster for at least a year and involve volunteers in their work. The deadline for applications is 6th June 2011 at: VA Westminster.
Bradford Metropolitan District Council on behalf of the Bradford Safer Communities Partnership is seeking suitably qualified and experienced provider to provide a combined drug interventions programme (DIP) and drug rehabilitation requirement programme (DRR). This will involve the delivery of Tier 2 and Tier 3 drug interventions across the Bradford District by a single provider targeting all adult offenders with a substance misuse problem from point of arrest through to integration into the community. The deadline is 6 June, contract ref BMDC/21487, at: http://scms.alito.co.uk.
The next deadline for the Big Society Awards is Monday 23rd May. The Big Society Award has been created to recognise individuals, groups or organisations that are demonstrating the Big Society in their work or activities. You can nominate at: Number 10.
'Time Well Spent' is a new report from Prison Reform Trust that shows opportunities for prisoners to take responsibility and volunteer to help others improves wellbeing and promotes desistance from crime. The report demonstrates that encouraging active citizenship in prisons should play an important part in achieving the government's aims for a "rehabilitation revolution" and developing the wider concept of the Big Society. It does, however, find that volunteering opportunities are open to very few people in prison, meaning most of the skills and strengths of people in prison are wasted; they are a huge untapped resource. Download the report at: Prison Reform Trust.
Revolving Doors Agency has published a literature review of the social care needs of prisoners sentenced to less than 12 months' imprisonment. The review also covers screening and assessment processes to identify the needs of this group, as well as best practice in meeting their multiple needs. Although primarily intended to inform further development work in the North East region, it is hoped that it will be useful to all those interested in improving responses to this group. The report can be downloaded at: Revolving Doors Agency.
NOMS Children and Families team have produced a briefing for the Families of Offenders Board that makes the case for integrated work between criminal justice agencies and local authority services to achieve better and more consistent access to mainstream services for the families of offenders. The briefing reports on an earlier call for evidence and field visits, and presents the main challenges and promotes some of the best examples of where these have been overcome. This includes references to Clinks Members String of Pearls, Children's Links, Barnardo's, Safe Ground, and NEPACs. Download the briefing at: Clinks Holding Page.
Last week saw the publication of 'Counting the Cost', a new report on the financial impact of supporting women with multiple needs in the criminal justice system by Revolving Doors Agency. Funded by the Corston Independent Funders' Coalition, the report focuses on findings from their women-specific Financial Analysis Model, and shows that an investment of £18 million per year in women's centres could save the public purse almost £1 billion over five years. Download the report at: Revolving Doors Agency.
Could you recognise the signs of sexual exploitation in children and young people? Do you know how to respond if you have concerns? Is your organisation meeting its obligations to protect children and young people from this type of abuse? Social enterprise, JustWhistle, is running a series of affordable open training events across the UK to help you find the answers to these questions. Details at: http://www.justwhistle.org.uk/.
Them Wifies are offering a free two-week arts school [August, Newcastle] to young women aged 13 - 19 years old. It will include acting, singing, dancing and creative writing workshops and will be an opportunity for them to learn new skills. To find out more visit Them Wifies.
Is your organisation looking for office space in London? If so, Women's Resource Centre has some spaces available, including desktop computer and access to printing etc in beautiful Clerkenwell, only five minutes from Barbican, Old Street and Farringdon tube stations. Rates are reasonable but they will go quick, so if you are interested contact Sarah Brown on 0207 324 3040.
Microsoft will offer its refurbished computers to registered charities for £95 as part of its commitment to Race Online 2012, a government campaign to get millions of people who have never been online connected to the web by the end of 2012. Find out more at http://www.getonlineathome.org/.
New vacancies posted this week include PA to the Director of IARS [London], Director for new charity Escaping Victimhood [Thames Valley], and three vacancies at Howard League for Penal Reform [all London]. View these and other vacancies at: Clinks Members Vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I: Get VIP tickets to this weekend's MayFest festival [Loughborough] for just £10 per person (usually £100). VIP ticket includes pre-pitched tent, VIP pass and VIP hamper. Voucher is valid all weekend (21- 23 May) and acts include Zane Lowe, Chipmunk and Example. Get the deal at: Groupon.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: Get a free Mojito in Pitcher & Piano any day in May with this voucher.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: Get any regular 9" Pan or 11" Thin Italian base pizza and unlimited salad for £5 at Pizza Hut (plus Kids eat free) with this voucher.
TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Save £130 on an overnight stay for two at the contemporary 4-star Beales Hotel, Herts. For £89 two people can enjoy room upgrade, welcome drinks, champagne breakfast, and afternoon tea. Only 30 minutes drive from London, book by 25 May at: Travelzoo.
TIP OF THE WEEK V: Southern Railway is having a Birthday Ticket Fiesta, offering discounts on Southern Advance and Off-Peak tickets booked online. Routes include Brighton to London [£3.65 each way], Portsmouth to London [£5.50 each way], and Milton Keynes to Southampton [£5.50 each way]. Book at: Southern Railway.
TIP OF THE WEEK VI: 4 star neo-Jacobean Selsdon Park Hotel and Golf Club, Surrrey, has cut overnight stays to £99 per room which includes full English breakfast, 3 course dinner, and use of the leisure facilities. Book by 31st May at: Principal Hayley.
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