IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH...
CLINKS REQUEST: lost your contract to the private sector?
CLINKS MEMBERS NEWS: personnel changes
LIGHT LUNCH NOTICE: no edition next week
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: IOM documentary
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Labour party criminal justice policy group
AWARDS: IT support
COMMISSIONING: constructive activities
EVENT: police and crime commissioners
EVENT: reducing female reoffending
EVENT: poetry by women in prison
EVENT: charity masterclass
PUBLICATION: Family Engagement in the Resettlement Process
PUBLICATION: BAME resettlement case study
PUBLICATION: reforming women's justice
PUBLICATION: real work in prisons
OPPORTUNITY: evaluate an offender resettlement organisation
RESOURCE: women's services factsheet
RESOURCE: Work Programme group launched
CAMPAIGN: to support LGBT young people
CLINKS REQUEST: lost your contract to the private sector?
Clinks are aware of several cases of contracts being lost by voluntary sector organisations, who have been providing services for some time, to private sector companies. We would like to gauge how widespread this is so we can use the information as evidence to lobby and campaign on behalf of the Sector and service users, especially if we can find evidence that track record is not being taken into consideration, and it all being about cost, rather than value. Let us know if your organisation has lost a contract to a private sector company, and the value of the contract. All information will be treated as strictly confidential. Contact Kate Aldous.
Some personnel changes within Clinks' membership this week. Chris Wright, previously Chief Operating Officer at Catch22, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. And Vicki Helyar-Cardwell of Catch22 has been appointed as the Criminal Justice Alliance's new Director. We'd like to say congratulations and wish them all the best in their new roles.
Due to annual leave, there will be no Light Lunch on Friday 24 June. The next edition will be Friday 1 July, please ensure content is sent by Wednesday 29 June to PUBLICATION: Family Engagement in the Resettlement ProcessJoe Gardham.
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Labour has announced the members of its justice policy working group and has launched a website for consultation on Labour's justice policy. The members of the working group are: Barry Mizen; Dame Helen Reeves; Matthew Ryder QC; Baroness Jean Corston; Professor Rob Reiner; Lord Norman Warner; and Kevin McGrath. The vice chair of the group is Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Justice Minister. Find out more and have your say at: PUBLICATION: BAME resettlement case studyhttp://www.justicereview.org.uk/[Source: CJA].
The BT Community Connections scheme has opened for a second 2011 round. The awards scheme is intended to provide voluntary groups and charitable organisations working to benefit the community in the UK with IT equipment and Internet access. Successful applicants to the programme will receive a laptop and a year's free broadband Internet connection. In particular, the scheme is keen to target areas of deprivation which normally receive little or no funding and would otherwise have no IT provision. The deadline is 15 September 2011 and winners will be notified by 12 November 2011 at: BT.
Northumbria Probation Trust is seeking expressions of interest from organisations able to provide a Constructive Activities Service for offenders supervised by the Trust. The contract will be for a term of two years commencing October 2011. Tender packs will be despatched on 30 June and an information meeting held on 8 July 2011. Expressions of interest should be emailed, with contact details, no later than 12 noon on Thursday 28 June 2010 to PUBLICATION: reforming women's justiceJoyce Alderson.
'How can Police and Crime Commissioners help cut crime and disorder?' is a CJA morning event [12 July, London, free] that will focus on what role elected Police and Crime Commissioners will play in reducing crime and disorder, examining what impact they can have on crime reduction and how they can best work with other agencies and organisations in their areas. Nick Herbert MP, Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, will give the main presentation. Ian Loader, Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Criminology, Oxford University and Andrew Morley, former Chief Executive of the London Criminal Justice Partnership, will respond. A question and answer session with the panel will follow. To book a place at this event, please email email@example.com.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Third World Solidarity and Kazuri Homes are hosting a debate on reducing female reoffending [6.30pm, 28 June, House of Commons, free]. Speakers include renowned Harvard-trained psychotherapist, Susan Pease-Banitt on intensive therapy and softer treatments; Leah Thorn, poet and writer in residence for Women in Prison on the importance of creativity in the journey of desistance; Tony Millard on innovative ways of funding rehabilitative programmes through Social Impact Bonds and Special Purpose Vehicles; Isla Masson, Kings College London, on the prevalence of post traumatic stress disorder in the female prisoner population and Farah Damji, Creative Director at Kazuri Homes, on 'user voice' and creating a programme that is sustainable. To attend please RSVP to PUBLICATION: real work in firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Release' is an anthology of powerful poetry and life-testimony by women in prison, on the theme of self-harm, accompanied by extracts from 'Beautiful Sentence', a film by Suzanne Cohen. Speakers at the event [7pm, 13 July, free] include Rachel Halford & Bintu Tijani from Women in Prison; Farah Damji from Women Moving Forward; and Leah Thorn, poet and compiler of 'release'. To attend, email Leah Thorn.
'A Spotlight on Success' is a charity masterclass [5.30pm, 30 June, London, free] from last year's Charity Awards winners, CSV. You may already be thinking of giving it a go next year, or simply want to glean some ideas that impressed the judges and that your charity might be able to adopt in its day-to-day work. The mix of presentations, panel Q&Asp;As and informal networking reception should provide a productive and enjoyable setting, whatever your motivation. The event is free but unfortunately places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To reserve your place please email OPPORTUNITY: evaluate an offender resettlement organisationEmma Pellman.
What do prisoners' families from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups understand about resettlement? 'Family Engagement in the Resettlement Process' seeks to understand resettlement provision for black, Asian and minority ethnic offenders from a family perspective. Imprisonment of a family member is a traumatic experience for the whole family but the process of successful resettlement is even more draining on family resources. This report is based on interviews with families who have highlighted the problems they face in supporting their family member. Download the report at: Clinks Publications.
'Beyond Prison' is a case study of Clinks Member Southside Partnership, an organisation that supports people with mental health problems and learning disabilities to achieve more fulfilling and independent lives. The Beyond Prison service, run by Southside Partnership, presented a good opportunity to understand the empathy, trust and understanding that Voluntary Sector agencies bring to their work with black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) prisoners and ex-offenders. Download the case study at: RESOURCE: women's services factsheetClinks Publications.
'Reforming Women's Justice' is a Prison Reform Trust report that presents the current operating environment as a good opportunity to review the women's criminal justice system. It features a number of recommendations including a strategy to divert women from crime and reduce the prison population, the establishment of a women's justice agency, and reinvestment in alternatives to custody. Find out more at: PRT.
'Inside Job: Creating a market for real work in prison' is a new report from Policy Exchange which finds some good examples of creative employment in custody already exist, but major obstacles remain in the current system that need to be overcome before HM Prison Service can deliver on the government's objective to create more purposeful regimes. Inside Job maps out what real work in prison should look like and what needs to change in the current prison system to make it a reality. The report recommends a whole new prison work regime based on full-time, paid employment that is run by private companies, profit-driven and commissioned by prison governors. Download at: RESOURCE: Work Programme group launchedPolicy Exchange.
West Yorkshire Community Chaplaincy is a 'through the gate' resettlement organisation based at HMP Leeds. They are seeking an organisation to undertake a primarily quantitative evaluation in order to put a financial value to their work; report outcomes back to funders and stakeholders and to provide evidence for future funding applications. Proposals to undertake the evaluation must be submitted by email by Friday 14 July 2011. The final report will be submitted along with a presentation to the WYCCP Board on the 15 December 2011. For a brief, email the Director Jane Daguerre.
'Women and the Cuts' is a new factsheet from Women's Resource Centre that aims to provide an overview of the cuts and key policy changes that will affect public spending by the Lib-Dem/Conservative coalition government. These figures will highlight the impact of the cuts on the wider voluntary and community sector, women's organisations and individual women in the UK. The factsheet finds that 1 in 5 women's organisations have closed, an estimated 70,000 women may not be able to access a service after April 2011, putting more lives at risk, and Social Return on Investment research shows that women's organisations can generate as much as £14 of social value for every £1 invested in services. Download the factsheet at: CAMPAIGN: to support LGBT young peopleWRC.
NCVO has set up a special interest group for all charities involved as subcontractors on the government's new Work Programme, in which 289 charities will be subcontractors and two charities will be prime contractors to deliver welfare-to-work services. NCVO said the special interest group would be a "vital forum for the charities involved in the Work Programme to share experiences and gather evidence in order to shape and influence policy". The group will also allow the NCVO to relay concerns about the programme to the government. To be involved in the group, contact Paul Winyard.
In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire hope for young people facing harassment - the 'It Gets Better' project. The website is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future. It's a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support, and seek help through the Trevor Project and GLSEN. Get involved at: MEMBERS VACANCIEShttp://www.itgetsbetter.org/.
West Yorkshire Community Chaplaincy is advertising for a Resettlement Worker [Leeds], and the Making Every Adult Matter coalition are looking for a Policy & Practice Officer [London].View this and other vacancies at: Clinks Members Vacancies.
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