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Clinks Update

Where Next for the Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice?

3rd May, Durham, 9.30am - 1.30pm

What are the needs or issues that you see emerging from your work? What hopes and ideas do you have for change?  What might Clinks be able to do to help you or to represent your experience to government or to funders?

The findings will feed into Clinks' strategy and activities programme for 2019-21. Clinks is your organisation. Your expertise is vital for us to continue working towards our vision of a vibrant, independent and resilient voluntary sector that enables people to transform their lives.

Find out more and book your place.

Save the Date! NE Criminal Justice Forum

5th July 2018, Newcastle, 9.30am - 12.30pm

These events allow you to step back from your crucial day-to-day front-line work to see the bigger picture and context in which you are working. The forums will give organisations the opportunity to hear the latest national developments in criminal justice, as well as providing the opportunity to discuss opportunities to improve local policy and practice.

Each forum focuses on a different theme, the theme of this next forum will be 'Alternatives to Custody'. Speaker details to be announced in the next few weeks.

Book your place at the event now.

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Development Officer Roundup

Following discussions at the Housing for Offenders groups and the North East Regional Homelessness Group I have been asked to covene a meeting of Local Authority housing option teams, CRCs, NPS and prison staff to discuss the possibility of one joint referal form for all local authorites as well as providing the opportunity to discuss the duty to refer element of the Homeless Reduction Act.

I met with Rachel Snaith from Northumbria PCC's office and we have agree to maintain regular communication to try and improve the link between the Office of the PCC and the voluntary sector.

I held the NE Criminal Justice Forum looking at the issues for people facing multiple misadvantage; sharing elements of good practice and discussing how to work more closely with DWP.

I had an excellent meeting with senior staff at the National Probation Service. I updated them about my work and we discussed opportunities for the sector to work more closely. If you have been thinking of applying for the HMPPS Innovation Grants and would like to discuss your proposals contact with Maureen Gavin (Maureen.Gavin@probation.gsi.gov.uk)  or Karin O'Neill (Karin.ONeill@probation.gsi.gov.uk).

HMPPS Innovation Grants

Deadline 9th April

HM Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) has launched the Innovation grant funding programme for 2018-2020. The programme aims to enable the voluntary sector to contribute to better outcomes for people in Public Sector Prisons, the National Probation Service and Youth Custody Services.

The competitions have been launched on the Bravo Portal, to access the competitions providers are required to register and log in to the Bravo Portal. Once you have logged into the Bravo Portal, you will find the competitions along with all documentation on the grants and how to submit proposals under the tab “ITT’s Open to all Suppliers”.

Sign up to the Bravo Portal here.

Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead Relaunch

A Focus on System Change - Friday 20th April, Newcastle, (9.30 - 12.45)

In order to make a real difference to the lives of people with Multiple Complex Needs across the region FL NG are refocussing their system change activity for the next 4 years of the programme. There will be some changes to the programme structure and output from April 2018.

This event willl share the new structure as well as providing an update on the research and co-production activity.

Read the full agenda here.

Justice, Inequality and Gender Based Violence

26th April (Middlesbrough) and 27th April (Newcastle)

This is an opportunity to hear findings from the University of Bristol’s Justice, Inequality and Gender-Based Violence Project 2015-18. This ESRC-funded research explores how justice (in its wider sense) is understood, sought and experienced by victims/survivors of gender-based violence.

Book your place on the Middlesbrough event here and Newcastle event here.

Durham and Darlington Reducing Reoffending Newsletter

This newsletter is full of events and updates on work across Durham and Darlington to reduce reoffending.

Read the newsletter here.



Natalie Maidment, Development Officer North East (seconded to Clinks)
Tel: 0191 233 2000

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