IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH...
CLINKS VACANCIES: two positions within Clinks
CLINKS REQUEST: help us influence the commissioning process
CLINKS BRIEFING: government response to Green Paper consultation
CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: pact lose visitor centre contract
CLINKS MEMBERS NEWS: new chair required
CLINKS MEMBER OF THE WEEK: Sue Ryder
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: young people's resettlement
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: MoJ response to Green Paper consultation
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: staff moves
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: inspector of probations appointment challenged
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: community justice partnership formed
FUNDING: improve employment prospects for young people
FUNDING: communications support3
COMMISSIONING: NOMS VCS grants programme
COMMISSIONING: mentoring resettlement for short sentence prisoners
AWARDS: for young people
EVENT: community reintegration of serious sex offenders
EVENT: for musicians working with young offenders
TRAINING: gang culture and youth violence
RESOURCE: running arts sessions with young people
PUBLICATION: volunteering with a criminal record
PUBLICATION: research into Irish Travellers in prison
PUBLICATION: for those running small charities
OPPORTUNITY: office space in Manchester
OPPORTUNITY: to volunteer with drug users
OPPORTUNITY: promote your work on the tube
OPPORTUNITY: volunteers looking for placements in Surrey
OPPORTUNITY: partners wanted for mothers leaving prison project
OPPORTUNITY: to promote your organisation
TIPS OF THE WEEK...
CLINKS VACANCIES: two positions within Clinks
Clinks has two new full time vacancies. We require an Arts Alliance Development Manager to work with a range of organisations to promote arts-based work with offenders, especially to improve policies, evidence, best practice and inter-agency communication. We're also seeking a Localism Development Officer support Voluntary and Community Sector engagement in local Criminal Justice partnerships in key London boroughs, as well as contributing to Clinks' national work on localism. The deadline for both vacancies is Monday 11 July. Download the job specification and application forms at: Work for Clinks.
Clinks are gathering information on current commissioning practice, and are seeking information about your organisations recent experiences when bidding for new or existing contracts. In particular we are interested in the process commissioners are using to shortlist and award contracts. Please contact Kate Aldous.
Not had time to read and digest the government's response to the Green Paper? Our easy to read briefing is available online. The Government response is a fairly short document that includes little detail about how Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations are to be financed and supported. Furthermore, the response marks a retreat from some of the more radical suggestions outlined in the Green Paper earlier this year. Disappointingly, a statement in the foreword explicitly states 'we are not aiming to cut the prison population'. This has been perceived in many quarters as a u-turn on criminal justice policy and gives rise to concerns over where the missing £130 million will now be saved. Download our briefing at: Clinks Member's Briefings. If you'd like to contribute to our official response, please email Clare Hayes.
Clinks Member pact have run Visitors' Centres and supervised play areas for children at prisons in London for several decades, and currently work throughout the capital. Earlier this year the Ministry of Justice announced a tender competition to run Visitors' Centres at the eight prisons in London. The results were announced recently, and the contract was awarded to Spurgeons, a leading charity for children, young people, and families. pact will continue to work across London, running their First Night project at HMP Holloway and HMP Wandsworth, offering Family Support at HMP Wandsworth and HMP Belmarsh, and supporting the children of imprisoned mothers at HMP Holloway. For more details, visit: pact.
Just for Kids Law are currently recruiting a Chair for their Board of Trustees to lead them through their next stage of development. Recruitment will remain open until 1st August 2011. For further information visit Just for Kids Law.
Sue Ryder supports people living through the challenges of life-changing illness. We do that by caring for them around the clock in our hospices and care centres, or through regular visits at home. We've been doing this for more than 50 years and we're supported by 8,000 volunteers. Sue Ryder is proud to have been awarded the BITC Right Step award for our work supporting the rehabilitation of currently serving offenders. Our programme offers volunteering placements in our shops and has been running for 5 years - 600 offenders have volunteered and 10% gained employment within the charity. Find out more at: www.sueryder.org.
'Resettlement provision for children and young people' is the latest thematic report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons, which finds only one in three young offenders had accommodation, education, training or an employment placement on their release. This report raises a key question ??? how effective is the resettlement work conducted in custody in terms of the actual outcomes for young people? This was not monitored by establishments and the follow-up information highlights the need to look beyond the gate in order to evaluate the effectiveness of resettlement work. Download the report at: MoJ.
The Ministry of Justice have responded to the consultation on their 'Breaking the Cycle' green paper, following 1,200 responses. The response can be downloaded at: MoJ or you can read our briefing at: Clinks Briefings.
Julie Taylor, Director of Offender Management Policy in the Ministry of Justice is leaving after five years in post. She will take up the role of Assistant Chief Executive at Barnet Council. She can still be contacted through LinkedIn, and Clinks wish her success in her new role.
The Justice Committee's report on the appointment of the Chief Inspector of Probation says that the Committee is not able to give its approval to the appointment of the preferred candidate, Diana Fulbrook, and recommends that the recruitment process be re-opened. The report says that, "although we were favourably impressed by the candidate's experience and successful track record as a Probation Trust Chief Executive, we also set out some reservations about Diana Fulbrook's candidature in relation to the importance of reducing reoffending and the need for the Chief Inspector to be a driver for change within the probation system. We also had regard to the fact that a number of the most successful inspectors in the criminal justice system have come from outside that system." To read the report, click here. [Source: CJA].
The Community Justice Partnership was launched last week by rehabilitative justice services provider Sodexo Justice Services; rehabilitation and ex-offender employment experts Working Links; and crime reduction charity Nacro. The new consortium is pooling their expertise and resources to compete for a share of the prison, probation, and other services being tendered from June 2011. Full details at: Nacro.
DWP have launched a payment by results model Innovation Fund, which will require service providers to partner with financial backers. The Fund has a total pot of £30m over 3 years, and aims to fund projects that will improve employment prospects for young people aged 14 and over who are disadvantaged or at risk of disadvantage. The fund is due to open to applications very shortly,and there will be a briefing event for interested organisations. Find out more at: DWP.
The Cable&Wireless Worldwide Foundation is looking for long-term opportunities to collaborate with not-for-profit organisations, and aims to offer communication solutions and services to organisations supporting people with special needs. The criteria is very vague, but if you work with this group it may be worth a look at: Cable&Wireless.
Clinks have been asked to announce to our readers that the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is now inviting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for a new round of grant funding from 1 October 2011. Areas of funding available include the VCS working with the public sector; arts and prison visits; restorative justice; volunteering and mentoring; defining and measuring outcomes and effectiveness of services; supporting foreign national women in prison, older offenders, and those with learning difficulties and disabilities. This stage is strictly for organisations to confirm the funding areas they are interested in. Find out more at: Clinks.
Clinks have also been asked to announce to our readers that the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) are inviting applications from interested potential providers to provide mentoring resettlement support for prisoners serving less than 12 months with substance misuse problems, including associated violent offending behaviour such as domestic violence. Services should be provided to Welsh prisons HMP CardiffandHMP Swanseaand to prisons in England where there is a significant number of prisoners who will resettle in Wales. Eg.HMP AltcourseandHMP Eastwood Park. Ideally we would like to award one contract to co-ordinate an all-Wales service which would acknowledge the role small and local organisations may have to play in this. For this reason we would wish to promote collaborative approaches to service delivery through consortia, partnerships or through a prime contractor. The Contract duration will be for an initial period from 31 January 2012 to 31 March 2014, with the potential, if further funding is available, for a further one year extension. Download the 'Transitional Support Service in Wales' document at: Clinks.
The Duke of Gloucester's Young Achievers Scheme aims to identify and celebrate the success of exceptional young professionals through a number of awards. It is hoped that the awards will promote the construction professions to young people of all social backgrounds and, as a result, increase the number and diversity of entrants into the construction sector. Winners of each of the four main categories will have the chance to be mentored by a senior industry figure for a year. The awards are open to anyone under the age of 30 (as of 24 November 2011) who is working in the construction industry. This may be of interest to some prison and community-based resettlement, training and employment schemes? Find out more at: Construction Youth Trust.
'Inside and outside Circles: Public protection on the edge, and community involvement in reducing sexual reoffending' is a Circles UK conference [14 October, Birmingham, £80 VCS] which aims to explore the scope for those involved in the reintegration of those convicted of serious sexual assaults in developing community based services such as Circles, and their place alongside statutory provision, at a time of change and challenge. This conference will therefore be of particular interest to all those involved in public protection, the rehabilitation of those with sexual convictions, Circles Projects, partner agencies, treatment, professionals and those committed to better safeguarding through community engagement. Find out more and book your place at: Circles UK.
Reflex are facilitating a free Artist Forum and Development Day [7 July, Manchester, free] for any actor, MC, rapper, or music producer who works with young offenders or delivers creative workshops with challenging youth. This is a fantastic chance to get inspired and learn from other experienced artists and deliverers. They'll be opportunities to jam, share ideas and tips, perform pieces for feedback, discuss managing difficult groups and chat about what works and what's new. To book your place simply email Rob Sarjeant.
'Working with Youth Gangs .....The New Paradigm' is a one day training course [20 July, Birmingham, £199] for practitioners working with young people at risk of involvement in violence & gang culture within the UK. Modules include: safeguard, prevent or rehabilitate?; Criminal Justice or a Public Health Issue?, Early intervention.... but how early?, The next 10 years, What is best practice? ...the need for national standards. AS well as all course materials and a certificate of attendance, delegates will also receive membership to the national network of Providers. For more information or to book your place email: Raymond Douglas.
'Something Brilliant' is a new online resource for artists and support workers who work with vulnerable groups. It contains ideas on running practical sessions with young people and vulnerable groups, along with suggestions for evaluation and feedback, a section on resources and useful websites and documents, some case studies and photographs of past projects. Find out more at: Something Brilliant.
Clinks Member Back on Track has recently published a booklet which shares success stories of ex-offenders getting involved in volunteering, and tips for volunteering with a criminal record. You can download a copy free at Back on Track.
'Voices Unheard, A Study of Irish Travellers in Prison' is a brilliant new report from the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain which presents, for the first time, research across prisons in England and Wales during the period August 2010 to March 2011. It finds little intervention has taken place to encourage rehabilitation amongst Travellers in prison, and warns that society will continue to bear the social and economic burden of warehousing an ethnic group who cannot access education courses because they cannot read; a group that cannot complete rehabilitation programmes because they cannot write; and a group that cannot file their grievances because they cannot complete forms. The report proposes a set of recommendations aimed at a cultural shift in the way prisons meet the resettlement needs this group of offenders. Download the report at: Irish Chaplaincy.
'Grow Your Own Charity: Down-to-earth essentials for managing good causes' by David Marfleet is a must-read for all involved in front-line social action, aimed at those who are running small charities and finding it tough to raise enough funds to carry out everything they want to do. This practical guide aims to sort out the back office, leaving you to concentrate on the real business of helping others. Introductory price £10.50 at: Grow your own charity.
Clinks Member Back on Track has office accommodation in central Manchester, available to rent to charities or social enterprise organisations. Two offices are available for 3 to 4 people, and one larger room which could serve as a training room or an office for up to 15. Contact David Fisher.
City Roads, a 17-bed Registered Care Home providing emergency residential care and treatment for drug users in crisis, is seeking volunteers to help decorate the interior of the service. Volunteers need not be experts (although if you do have such skills they'd be delighted!) and there is no minimum time requirement in terms of hours, they just need willing hands that may be able to spare some time with a paintbrush. They will provide refreshments and a fun atmosphere! City Roads, London is a 3 minute walk from Angel tube. To find out more about City Roads click here, and to pursue this opportunity, contact Rebecca Mistry.
During the Royal wedding, Transport for London (TFL) donated advertising space in London underground for the 99% campaign. The project proved extremely successful and as a result a new poster is being designed by young people. This will go live in September 2011 in the London Transport network (e.g. tube, buses, and rail) and TFL offices. IARS, the charity that runs the campaign would like to hear from organisations and individuals who would like to support the TFL poster campaign. This is a unique opportunity to demonstrate social responsibility and a commitment to young people. For more information contact Dr. Theo Gavrielides.
Spelthorne Volunteer Centre [Surrey] have some local companies who are interested in helping your organisation, some will provide materials or give donations, but most importantly - their time. The Volunteer Centre is therefore looking for projects that require a group of people to complete, this could entail painting, gardening, decorating etc, most things considered! This could be for a group of 20 - 30 people or for groups of 2 or 3. Some of these volunteers are also offering organisational help, e.g. website design, finance, trustees etc. If you think you have a project that could last a couple of days or if you need a group of volunteers for a day, then please contact Mrs Chris Hill on 01784 444201.
Commonweal Housing and Housing for Women have signed an agreement to set up a replication of the successful Re-Unite project in Birmingham. Re-Unite is aimed at mothers who would be homeless upon their release from prison; helping them to regain custody of their children through the provision of appropriate housing and support. The Re-Unite Birmingham project agreement has been signed with Anawim, who will be running the support service and Midland Heart, who will be providing the housing. Commonweal are looking for other replication partners especially in the North West, Yorkshire & Humber and the North East. For more information, contact: Minee Pande.
Celebrating Mums is a new website from one of our Light Lunch readers. They are offering free publicity to any voluntary sector organisations. Take a look around the site at: http://celebratingmums.wordpress.com/, and to promote your organisation, email Celebrating Mums.
New vacancies posted this week include 4 x Youth Co-ordinators for User Voice [various locations], a Research and Policy Manager at Safe Ground [London], a Temporary Key Worker for Together Women [Sheffield], and 2 x Development Workers for YSS [Worcestershire & Shropshire]. View these vacancies at: Clinks Member vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I: Booths have 77 free printable recipe cards at: http://www.booths.co.uk/Recipes.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: Motorsports fans can enjoy free tickets to the World Series by Renault event at Silverstone on 20 and 21 August. Register for free and download your ticket at: Renaultsport.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: A summer mini break to Bruges is now reduced to £169 per person. The deal includes one nights 4 star accommodation, return Standard Class Eurostar travel from London, champagne buffet breakfast and a free room upgrade. To book visit: Short Breaks Ltd.
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