For many years there has been a growing recognition from local authority agencies, partnerships, the Police and the Prison and Probation Services of the importance of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and the range of services they can provide in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). 

VONNE, in partnership with Clinks, has developed a criminal justice network for voluntary sector organisations in the North East of England.  The Local Development Officer for the North East, Natalie Maidment, has been seconded from VONNE to Clinks to work with the VCS, supporting its work to reduce crime, promote community safety, and reduce re-offending.   The work focuses on the following areas:



Communication and Signposting

Mapping the North East VCS working in Criminal Justice

In 2014 VONNE and Clinks undertook a mapping exercise to build a picture of the type, size and number of specialist criminal justice and community safety services being delivered by the voluntary sector in the North East. What we uncovered was a dynamic, wide ranging and vibrant voluntary sector that is delivering important services across a number of areas which we know support desistance from crime.

Download the report A snapshot from the North East: The voluntary sector working in criminal justice (PDF:11.0 MB).


Natalie Maidment
Local Development Officer: North East