IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH...
CLINKS EVENT: creating local partnerships in Dudley
CLINKS OFFER: free membership
CLINKS EVENT: visit a successful enterprise
CLINKS LEADERSHIP SEMINARS: representation and voice for chief executives and senior managers
CLINKS CONSULTATION: round tables on Probation Review
CLINKS EVENT: regional events to prepare for Police and Crime Commissioners
CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: members merge
COMMISSIONING: creating offender employment supply chains
AWARD: for excellent community programmes
AWARD: for social enterprises working in partnership
EVENT: policy classes for those working with children, young people and families
EVENT: the role of the VCS in integrated care
TRAINING: overview of the youth justice system
PUBLICATION: restorative justice and violence against women
PUBLICATION: how can we produce more for less?
VIDEO: interviews with short-sentence offenders
OPPORTUNITY: collaborate with prison recycling project
OPPORTUNITY: Management Committee members needed
VACANCIES IN THE CJS
TIPS OF THE WEEK...
'Offending - working together to find solutions' is a morning event [14th March, Dudley, free] run by Dudley CVS in Partnership with YSS and funded by Clinks and Navca. The event aims to bring together the Voluntary and Community Sector with statutory and private sector partners to tackle offending at a local level. Presentations will include innovative partnership practice delivered by YSS who work in the region as well as updates on the national policy landscape from a Voluntary Sector perspective by Clinks. Furthermore the event will explore the challenges of collaboration, how to overcome them and ways in which to generate closer partnership working between Dudley based organisations. Details at Clinks Events.
Tennyson Insurance - the charity insurance experts - are offering a year's FREE membership to Clinks, in addition to a 5% discount if you purchase insurance through them. Tennyson provide specialist insurance to the Voluntary and Community Sector - Clinks saved 40% on our previous premium when we switched to them last year. To find out more, visit Tennyson Insurance or call 0845 082 2466.
Clinks and Locality are offering Clinks member organisations (or organisations that want to become Clinks members) the opportunity to visit the Clink restaurant and Fine Cell Work as the first in a series of 'Learn to earn' visits [5th March, HMP High Down, free]. 'Learn to earn' visits provide the opportunity to learn first hand from criminal justice organisations with a track record in earning income. Visits enable you to hear first-hand the stories of those who have successfully earned income, to have a guided tour of the enterprise and get a 'feel for the organisation and how it developed, ask the questions you need to ask, and meet like-minded people and discuss routes to financial self-sufficiency. Bookings at Clinks.
Clinks is running a series of seminars exclusively for our Members on representation and voice [1st March, London; 23rd March, Leeds and 19th April, Manchester; £20 each]. They are aimed at helping senior managers develop their skills to enable their organisations to take on local facilitation and leadership roles within the context of a changing policy environment. The first seminar on Representation [1st March, London] will be led by Clive Martin, Director of Clinks and Vicki Helyar-Cardwell, Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance. The event will explore how you capture the views of those you represent and how you represent those wide and diverse views fairly. Places are strictly limited to 25 so early booking is advisable. To book (£20 per event), please e-mail Jean Coates.
NOMS and the Ministry of Justice are due to publish their Review on the 'Future Shape of Probation Services', a consultation document which will unveil the findings of a wide-ranging review taking in all aspects of the structure and function of Probation Services in England and Wales. Over the course of the anticipated 12 week consultation period Clinks will undertake a survey, encourage individual responses and host three roundtable events. These roundtable events will gather detailed feedback from the VCS for inclusion in Clinks' response to the consultation. Clinks' Local Development Team would like to hear from organisations working alongside the Probation Service that are interested in attending one of our three roundtable events. To express interest in attending the London event please contact Jilly Vickers; for the Manchester event contact Nathan Dick; for our Exeter / Taunton event contact Louise Clark. Places are strictly limited to one person per organisation and are only open to VCS organisations. Clinks will only confirm attendees, dates, venues and times after the official launch of the Probation Review.
We are holding a series of regional briefing events for VCSE organisations working on community safety to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the new commissioning landscape and provide further information about the support available through Clinks' Safer Future Communities project. The events are open to all VCSE organisations working on community safety and statutory stakeholders. If your organisation has an interest in or works to address issues such as crime & reoffending, antisocial behaviour, equalities and diversity, substance misuse, violence against women and girls or youth crime, we want to encourage you to attend. The events will be in: Norwich, 29th Feb; Taunton, 7th March; York, 15th March; Durham, 20th March; Manchester, 21st March. Book your free place at: Clinks SFC project.
Clinks Members Stepping Stones Trust merged with Langley House Trust this week. As a result, the Langley House Trust will grow to a total of twenty three services around England which last year worked with over 1,000 ex-offenders. As a result of the merger Langley House Trust will provide employment to over 200 people and direct rehabilitation services to in excess of 1,000 people each year. Turnover will be in excess of £10m pa making it one of the country's largest providers of faith based rehabilitation services. Jonathan Aitken, Patron to both organisations said: "The coming together of two such organisations sets a good example of how charities can work together, without ego or bluster, in a way which will clearly benefit their clients. The merger will provide an enhanced service, focussed on breaking the cycle of re-offending".
NOMS have received ESF funding to enable consortia building within the social enterprise sector, with a particular focus on SMEs in the market. This opportunity is designed to enable the sector to organise into entities or structures that can, through working with NOMS CFO and others help to deliver policy objectives. This opportunity is therefore designed to test how enterprises and other organisations can work together to create a 'value' or 'supply chain' that can offer offenders the opportunity to gain skills and employment. 'Lots' are available for local, regional and national proposals, and include a specific Lot for the South West region. Download the full tender advert at Clinks Network.
Nominations for the Howard League's Community Programmes Awards 2012 are now open. The awards aim to emphasise and promote the many excellent community programmes across the country, which serve as effective alternatives to custody. Full details at: Howard League.
The Santander Social Enterprise Exchange Award aims to support social enterprises that are looking to partner, replicate or share knowledge with other social enterprises in order to grow their social and environmental impact. The winner and two short-listed entries will receive free access to the Responsible Business Check Up developed by Business in the Community, in partnership with Santander, to evaluate and benchmark corporate responsibility efforts in smaller businesses. UK-based social enterprises with an annual turnover of no more than £250,000 may apply. The 2012 deadline for receipt of entries is 7 March 2012. Details at: SEE.
NCVYS, as part of the Department for Education's Overarching Strategic Partnership, is delighted to bring you four FREE policy classes to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector serving children, young people and families. The events, all in London, look at prominent areas of policy development - education [8 March], safeguarding [15 March] and benefit reforms [22 March]. They will bring together VCSE organisations to learn from each other about the impact of policy initiatives. They will enable organisations to explore planning and service design and develop responses which will be fed back to Government. Download the flyer at: NCVYS.
'Integrating care: the role of the voluntary sector' [19th March, London, free] will provide a learning and networking opportunity for statutory, health, social care and Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) professionals to share knowledge and views on the different ways in which the VCS can contribute to integrated care. Speakers include GP commissioners, local VCS and NHS providers; DH policy Leads and representatives from NHS Commissioning Board, local government, Future Forum and National Association of Primary Care. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just for Kids Law have announced the first of their Spring/Summer training courses - 'Overview of the Youth Justice System' [28th February, 5:45pm-8pm, London, £50]. The course is suitable for anyone interested in youth justice and also carries 2 CPD points (SRA accredited). Find out more and book your place at: Just for Kids Law.
'Restorative Justice & Violence Against Women: Comparing Greece and the United Kingdom' is a new report from IARS. While Western societies are striving to become more honest about gender inequality, terms such as 'violence against women' have started to appear in policy debates in Asia and worldwide. The response is largely punitive. The option of restorative justice has been considered, but evidence on actual practice with these cases is scarce. Following international attempts to block restorative justice for violence against women cases, this paper argues that a better understanding needs to be developed before further steps are taken in any direction. Download it at: IARS.
The rhetoric and practice of the 'Big Society', combined with fierce pressure to reduce government spending, poses a significant challenge to the voluntary sector. How can any organisation produce more outcome for less investment? 'Collaboration or Competition? Cooperation or Contestability?' attempts to take the temperature amongst voluntary sector agencies in the criminal justice sector and to explore the level and role of partnership working. Where is there scope for collaboration, and how can this be best achieved? Download the report at: Joseph Rank Trust.
Make Justice Work have published a short film on their youtube channel, which interviews two men who have been sentenced to numerous short sentences. They talk about the ineffectiveness of the sentence, and how a short prison sentence can provide a relief form the stresses of everyday life. Watch it at: youtube.
The Margaret Carey Foundation has been awarded £45k from The Northern Rock Foundation to set up six new recycling projects in prison workshops in the North East region. Prisoners will repair bikes and wheelchairs that will then be donated to people in need, in Britain and in the developing world. Any organisation wishing to work collaboratively or replicate the model can find out more at: Margaret Carey Foundation.
Unlock, the National Association of Reformed Offenders, are looking to recruit a home-based research volunteer to examine specific areas that reformed offenders face obstacles in because of their criminal record, and then produce high quality, relevant and up to date information & advice. Full details at: Unlock.
Vacancies posted this week include a Student Support Worker for Clean Break [North London], an Integrated Family Support Worker with pact [HMP Cardiff], trustees for Work This Way [West Sussex], and 2 x Job Deal Case Workers for St Giles Trust [HMP Rochester, Isle of Sheppey cluster, Maidstone]. View these and other CJS vacancies at: Clinks Members' vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I: The L Project have recorded 'It Does Get Better' to combat bullying of young gay people. Watch the video here and download the song to support the cause.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: A 2-night break at the 4-star Hilton Bristol is now £89 per person which includes meals and extras. Details.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: Get two for one meals this weekend at Strada, Cafe Rouge, and La Tasca.
TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Overnight stays for two people at the Britannia Nottingham Hotel have been reduced to £45 per room, per night. This includes 3 course dinner, breakfast and bottle of wine. Details.