Clinks supports, represents and campaigns for the voluntary sector working with offenders. Clinks aims to ensure the sector and all those with whom they work, are informed and engaged in order to transform the lives of offenders and their communities
Most of Clinks' work is national, though it draws on evidence gathered at regional and local levels. It includes includes campaigning, influencing policy and practice, and promoting opportunities for the VCS to develop or expand their work with offenders.
Regional and Local Work
Our local development work aims to improve opportunities available to the VCS working in that area. This helps ensure we are informed about what is happening on the ground, which in turn allows us to better represent our members at a national level. We work with Local Infrastructure Organisations (LIOs), including Volunteer Centres and Councils for Voluntary Services.
Our many services are designed to further our strategic aims:
- Promoting the work of the VCS
- Representing the VCS
- Providing specialist support for the VCS
- Identifying priority areas and finding solutions
To help us meet our strategic objectives, we often work in partnership with other organisations whose expertise supports and enhances our own work.
Our core grant funding from the Ministry of Justice sees us working in partnership with Action for Prisoners Families, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Arts Alliance, BTEG and Women's Breakout. FInd out more about this partnership here
Other examples of us working in partnership include the Making Every Adult Matter Coalition, where we teamed up with Mind, HomelessLink and DrugScope to highlight the plight of individuals with multiple and complex needs.
We also work closely with specialist organisations such as Black Training & Enterprise Group [BTEG], Race on the Agenda (ROTA) and Voice 4 Change England to highlight and address the disproportionate representation of BAME people in the CJS.
We have run joint workshops with Acevo and Candour Collaborations to support organisations engaging in Transforming Rehabilitation, and are part of the Transitions to Adulthood Alliance, finding ways to support young adults through the Criminal Justice System.