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NE Criminal Justice Forum ‘Coordination and Collaboration for People Facing Multiple Disadvantage’

Thursday 8th March, 1.30pm – 4.30pm in Sunderland

How criminal justice services and others can join up their work to better meet people’s multiple and complex needs

This forum focuses on working collaboratively to tackle severe and multiple disadvantage. At this event, you will:

  • Get an update on new developments in criminal justice policy including briefing on the new ministerial team
  • Learn about new local initiatives to join up services for people facing severe and multiple disadvantage
  • Hear an update from the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition about how it is supporting local areas to co-ordinate services for people with multiple and complex needs.
  • Explore the issues and discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnerships with colleagues from a range of voluntary and public sector organisations.

Book your place here

Development Officer Round Up

January has been such a busy month, I cannot believe it is almost February already!

Have worked with Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead to develop an action plan for their prison release task and finish group.

Promoted the work of the sector to the National Probation Trust Senior Leadership Team at HMP Askham Grange.

Facilitated the Northumbria Housing for Offenders group with voluntary and statutory agencies.

Had some great conversations with our members, it is always heart-warming to hear about all the hard work that is happening and reminds me of some of the struggles the sector is facing.

HMPPS Grant Funding Event

Wednesday 7th February, 1.30pm – 4.30pm in York

HM Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) intend to launch a grant funding programme for 2018-2020. Clinks and HMPPS are holding two information events for voluntary organisations to provide further details on the grant programme to organisations who may wish to apply for funding from the programme.

The programme will aim to enable the voluntary sector to contribute to better outcomes for offenders in Public Sector Prisons, the National Probation Service and Youth Custody Services.

Book your place here

Clinks State of the sector recommendations paper

In 2017 we surveyed the voluntary sector working in criminal justice for our state of the sector research. We have now launched our state of the sector recommendations paper, which sets out actions we think should be taken in response to the challenges you told us about. As part of this Clinks commits to support our members by:

•    Supporting organisations to explore alternative fundraising options: Voluntary organisations are diverse and rely on multiple sources for their income, but few receive donations from the public.

•    Assisting organisations to support their staff and volunteers: We will share learning and information from existing programmes to assist our members with providing adequate training and support for their staff and volunteers.

•    Proactively acting as a critical friend to decision makers: We will continue to proactively speak up on behalf of voluntary organisations and act as a critical friend to decision makers to highlight where the development and implementation of policy is likely to be prohibitive to someone’s rehabilitation.

The report also makes key asks of government and criminal justice agencies, charitable trusts and foundations, and the voluntary sector and we will monitor and report back on the progress made against these. We will continue to monitor the health of voluntary organisations working in criminal justice, and will be launching our next state of the sector survey soon.

Find out more here

GDPR Information Hub

VONNE has created an online hub for updated information relating to the GDPR.

Available on the VONNE website, the hub will be updated regularly and includes links to useful resources for the sector, template documents to help with information audits, and what you should be doing now to prepare for May 2018.

Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice Partnership Plan 2018 – 2021

The plan sets out an ambitious programme of partnership working in order to deliver:

  • An end-to-end service for supporting victims and witnesses;
  • An end-to-end system for rehabilitating offenders and reducing reoffending;
  • The most efficient and integrated local criminal justice system in the country.

Police and Crime Commissioners Barry Coppinger and Ron Hogg have worked closely to produce the plan. The Plan sets out the “Commitment to working in partnership”, including working together to solve problems, sharing information, and jointly commissioning services when we can. Furthermore, some agencies have made financial contributions to help fund the small team which we have put in place to support the work.

You can view the plan online here

Oral Health and Dental Services in North East Prisons: Barriers and enablers to oral health

15th March 2018, 12.30 (lunch), 13.00-14.30, Durham Centre

Jonathan Lewney has completed an in-depth review of oral health and dental services in prisons in the North East and Cumbria. Starting with the experiences of people in each prison, this explored reported barriers to oral health with prison staff and dental professionals. The seminar will present the results and discuss potential solutions many of which raise issues requiring multi-system co-operation.

Email to book your place


Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Community Support grants for charities help people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, sickness and disability or barriers to education and employment.

 The Foundation offers two levels of grant:

• Large: Over £5,000. Organisations with an annual income of over £1m are encouraged to apply. Can be awarded to charities for a specific purpose only. Funding may be granted for up to three years, where there is evidence of an on-going need for funding. Reasons to apply for a Large Grant can include funding salary costs, specific project costs and refurbishment costs. New build or large scale capital development projects cannot be considered. Next deadline 2nd February 2018

•Small: £500 - £5,000. Preference is given to organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000. Can be awarded to charities for core expenditure such as general running or overhead costs of the charity. Next deadline 23rd February 2018

Click here for more information




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

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