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Criminal Justice Forum - Alternatives to Custody

Thursday 5th July, Commercial Union House, Newcastle. 9.30 - 12.30

The event entitled ‘Alternatives to Custody – Engagement, not Enforcement’ will explore how co-ordinated support from voluntary sector services in the community could contribute to early intervention and alternatives to custody – getting people the right support as early as possible to reduce the risk of re-offending.

Clinks coordinates quarterly regional fora to provide the opportunity for organisations to keep up to speed on new developments. These events update you with recent policy changes and implications and allow you to step back from your crucial day-to-day frontline work to see the bigger picture and context in which you are working.

Click here to download the agenda. Book your place here.

Job Vacancies at VONNE and Clinks

A number of opportunities have arisen

The Clinks Development Team is expanding with opportunities in West Yorkshire and Wales. More information is available here.

VONNE are also recruting for a Deputy Chief Executive. More information is available here.

Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Opportunity

Expressions of Interests are welcomed from partnerships in the North East

The MEAM Approach is a non-prescriptive framework to help local areas design and deliver better coordinated services. In November 2017, following a national Expression of Interest process, the MEAM coalition selected 23 local areas to join an expanded MEAM Approach network.

Due to new capacity with the team, MEAM are now in a position to invite seven further areas to join the network in the autumn of 2018. It is also expected, in line with our original plans, to run a further Expression of Interest process in 2020.

For this round, we are looking for new MEAM Approach areas in the following regions: Greater Manchester, North East, Midlands, and the South.

If your area is moving towards coordinated interventions for people with multiple disadvantage, has an initial cross-sector partnership in place and is able to secure money to self-fund an intervention, possibly through pooled funding, and you are within the regions mentioned above, then you are encouraged to apply for support from the MEAM coalition.

Click here for more information. For an information chat contact

NEPACS Newsletter

Summer 2018

Click here to read the latest news from NEPACs, the regions support organisation for prisoners and their families.

Nutritional Challenges in Prison Event

24th July 2018, The Durham Centre, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

The seminar aims to raise awareness of the links between nutrition, health and behaviour for those in prisons. It will discuss current issues raised by nutrition and diet in prisons, examine the link of foodstuffs and their ingredients such as sugar and caffeine to addiction, and consider the implications for prison populations and services. 

To book your free place email

Funding Opportunity:

Homeless Link Investment Fund

The Homeless Link Investment Fund offers support for charities and social enterprises working to reduce homelessness across England. It offers flexible, unsecured funding via a blend of loans and grants from £25,000 - £150,000 (repayble over 48 months).
The programme is provided through the Growth Fund, which is managed by Access - the Foundation for Social Investment, with funding provided by the Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital. The aim of the fund is to test and learn where social investment can be most effectively used alongside other forms of funding to improve outcomes. It is looking to support organisations to:
  • increase the homelessness sector’s knowledge and experience of social investment.
  • develop new models for income generation and funding.
  • improve their long-term sustainability.
 This fund will focus on the potential that smaller unsecured loans can have on creating change. Click here for more information.


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

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