The newsletter for arts organisations working in criminal justice | June 2014
In this month's issue...
We are looking for mentors and mentees for a new round of our mentoring scheme!
We have recently completed a pilot mentoring scheme which had the aim of expanding opportunities for members to develop their professional skills and knowledge in the field of arts and criminal justice through a one to one mentoring relationship. On the back of its success, and a pot of funding from Arts Council England, we are now accepting applications for new potential mentors and mentees. We need expert mentors working in the arts and criminal justice sector to provide a minimum of four meetings or telephone conversations over a six month period to their mentee. We also need interested members who would like to receive professional mentoring from an expert Arts Alliance member. We are holding a mentor training day on 29 July at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and we have a few spaces left; please get in touch if you're interested. The scheme will be run on a first come first served basis, so we will be accepting mentee applications until Friday 15th August 2014. Please click here for more information.
Have you taken part in arts projects in prison/the community? We want to hear about it?
If you have ever taken part in art, drama, music or creative writing in prison or the community, we'd like to know what you thought. The Arts Alliance plans to carry out a large-scale research project, looking at how and why arts projects can support rehabilitation, to encourage improvements to arts provision in prisons and the community. To help us get this research right, we want to collect views and experiences from people who have taken part in arts projects in the Criminal Justice System. Therefore, if you have taken part in any of the above activities, please let us know about your experiences by downloading the questionnaire here.
Have you got something for the next newsletter?
The next newsletter will be sent on Thursday 31st July. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with anything you would like included in the next newsletter by 17th July.
Joined up Justice: Clinks conference
1st July 2014 | central London | £50 - £125
Make sure you book today for 'Joined Up Justice'; Clinks' conference, to hear the latest on criminal justice policy, and gain insight and fresh thinking for your organisation. The event, with confirmed keynote speaker Jeremy Wright MP, is an opportunity for you to hear from voluntary sector leaders and senior Government representatives about the current and future landscape, issues and opportunities. It is an opportunity for you to discuss and debate the current issues facing your organisation, and a chance to network with influential leaders. The day will consider changes to the Criminal Justice System and what the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda means for the sector; both for those engaged in it, and those outside of it. Secure your place here.
Under one roof: annual housing and support conference and exhibition
8th - 9th July 2014 | Hinckley Island Hotel, Midlands | £157 - £590
This Homeless Link event, supported by Midland Heart and Access Underwriting, will draw together a range of information relevant to homelessness charities under one roof. Held over two days, it aims to address the issues of most concern to accommodation and support providers for homeless people. It will offer practical answers to some of the most challenging issues faced by the sector. Click here for more information.
Working therapeutically in the Criminal Justice System
9th - 10th July 2014 | Durham University | £30 - £130
This is the 7th annual international Counselling in Prisons Network conference. The two day conference will include workshops looking at contemporary issues facing therapists working in the Criminal Justice System such as trauma, bereavement and personality disorders. Speakers will include Professor Graham Towl from Durham University, Dr Joel Harvey from London Metropolitan University and Professor Dr Heino Stover from the University of Frankfurt. Click here for more information.
The Cultural Commissioning Learning Programme: phase one
10th - 11th July 2014 | Newcastle-upon-Tyne | £100 - £160
From 2014 - 2016, the Cultural Commissioning Learning Programme will work with arts organisations, museums and libraries, as well as with commissioners, to build knowledge, skills and understanding and to bring these sectors together. The programme will help arts and cultural organisations use their creativity and innovative flair to engage in public service commissioning, win contracts and deliver great outcomes. Phase one of the Learning Programme will begin in July, and will raise awareness of the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for engagement with commissioning. Click here for more information.
Miss Represented at Brighton Dome
18th - 19th July 2014 | Brighton | Donations
Miss Represented is an arts collective of aspiring young women and artists from Brighton and its surrounding area. Together they have been exploring themes such as love, family, and boundaries. They have been investigating forgiveness, Facebook and friendship. This event is the latest creative sharing from the collective. Click here for more information.
Where does talent come from and how do you nurture it?
23rd July 2014 | Birmingham | £160
This one day conference, presented by Rideout and taking place in Birmingham, is the culmination of the organisation's Talent 4 Europe EU funded programme. The day will bring together a wide number of experts to discuss issues relating to the origins of talent, creativity and ways to improve the chances of those in prison and others on the margins of society. Speakers will include Germaine Greer and Tim Harford. Click here for more information.
492 Korna Klub: an interactive community radio drama series
492 Korna Klub is based on the Forum Theatre technique which is used to tackle oppression and inequality and explore social problems within families and the community. The purpose of this interactive project is to reinforce social cohesion and support community development in today's world, motivating people to make a difference. The original idea was conceived by Tony Cealy, and was jointly developed with Clare Douglas. The pilot series is written by Judy Ferguson and commissioned and produced by Noh Budget Films. Click here for more information.
Heritage Lottery Fund's Young Roots programme
The Young Roots programme is for projects that engage young people, aged 11 to 25, with heritage in the UK. Eligible participants can apply for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000. Under the programme, the Heritage Lottery Fund support partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments. Young Roots is a rolling programme, meaning applications can be submitted at any time. Click here for more information.
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales: national grants and awards
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives, whilst promoting practical approaches to lasting change. Funding is adapted to the needs of small and medium sized charities (income between £25,000 and £1 million). It offers flexible and responsive grant making by providing three different programmes: INVEST, ENABLE, and ENHANCE. Click here for more information.
Paying artists campaign
a-n The Artists Information Company has launched a campaign to try to ensure that projects involving public funding pay artists for their contribution. Based on the findings of its recent survey into payment of visual artists, the organisation has calculated that over the past three years, 70% of artists exhibiting in publicly funded galleries have received no fee and nearly 60% were not paid expenses. The campaign is designed to challenge creeping trends of low or non pay for visual artists and the consequent threat to the diversity of the arts sector. Click here for the campaign website.
Call for papers on culture, museums and wellbeing
Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice is calling for the submission of papers related to research, theory, and policy for a special issue of Arts & Health coming out in the autumn of 2015. Submissions should have a specific focus on some aspect of culture and/or museums and wellbeing. The editors are particularly interested in quantitative studies and well-developed qualitative studies that can contribute to a nuanced theoretical understanding of these areas. Submissions related to cultural policy and wellbeing will also be considered. The manuscript deadline is 15 March 2015. Click here for more information.
Have you thought about accessing the Justice Data Lab?
The Ministry of Justice's Justice Data Lab supports organisations working to rehabilitate offenders at a local level through easier access to high-quality reoffending data. This includes an aggregate reoffending rate specific to the group of offenders the organisation has worked with, compared to that of a matched control group of offenders with similar characteristics. So far, the Justice Data Lab has worked with over 30 organisations and published over 60 assessments of services delivered to offenders. The types of services that have been looked at so far have included learning, education, drama within prison, mentoring, and accommodation and employment support in community settings. Click here for more information.
Paid learning opportunity for an artist with Modelling Change
Modelling Change are looking for an artist (mentee) working in any art form who is interested in developing their experience and skills in working with vulnerable groups and whose work is largely based in the Thames Valley region. Modelling Change aims to work creatively with vulnerable or hard to reach girls aged between 16 and 19 and the staff who support them. The project will run from September 2014 until March 2015 and will consist of approximately 25 paid half days. This post is only available to women (due to an occupational requirement permitted under the Equality Act 2010). The deadline is 17 July and interviews will be held on 13 August. Please email Judy Munday for more information.
New online prison visits booking system
On 9 June, HM Prison Service launched its new Prison Visits Booking service. The new system will run alongside the current process but will aim to offer a quicker, easier and more convenient route for both visitors and booking staff. At present, HM Prison Service handles approximately 4.6million prison visit related transactions, resulting in 1.25million social visits per year in England and Wales. Now, people wanting to book social visits to friends or family in prison will be able to use www.gov.uk/prison-visits to select dates and times which are convenient to them. The prison will then confirm details with the visitor by email. Visits can be booked up to 28 days ahead and requests will be responded to within three working days of the request being made.
NOMS CFO/ESF 2014-2020 Operational Programme
The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Co-Financing Organisation (CFO) has published a Tentative Contract Notice for the provision of the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 Operational Programme. The purpose of this notice is to: notify the market of the intention to seek prospective prime providers for the competition; promote the market engagement activity; and inform about the consultation opportunity. Click here for more information.
Prisoner rehabilitation award
Prison Reform Trust is delighted to announce that applications for the Robin Corbett Award 2014 are now welcome. Along with Lord Corbett's family, the Prison Reform Trust established and administers this award for Prisoner Rehabilitation. The annual award is for outstanding rehabilitative work with prisoners done by a small charity or community group working in partnership with prison staff. Uniquely, the award champions work that fosters personal responsibility and encourages people in prison, and ex-offenders, to help themselves and others. Find out more and nominate here.
More in arts & criminal justice...
- The Bent Bars project has written an open letter to the BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival.
- The 2014 Koestler Trust exhibition 'Catching Dreams' will open to the public on the afternoon of the 24 September at the Southbank Centre.
- A new report by the Prison Reform Trust, supported by the Bromley Trust, reveals the damaging impact of drastic budget cuts on UK prisons.
New NCVO report: opportunities for alignment
Local government and local health commissioners are under growing pressure to solve social problems. Arts and culture organisations can play a much more central role in helping to address these problems, according to a new report published in June. The NPC-authored report, produced as part of the Cultural Commissioning Programme, argues that commissioners and cultural organisations alike must be bold in seizing this opportunity. The report, 'Opportunities for alignment,' was published on 6 June and includes new data from a survey of 240 arts and cultural organisations and analysis of charitable arts and cultural organisations based on the data from NCVO's charity almanac. Click here for more information.
Privatising the prison service
'Justice for Sale' is the first in a series of reports from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) that looks at the growth of outsourcing - where work once carried out by the public sector is now being handled by private companies. One in six of the UK's prisons is now run privately; a higher figure than anywhere else in Europe, and there are now fewer staff, employed on lower wages. While supporters of private prisons say that they are both cheaper and more efficiently run, the report says that they tend to be more overcrowded and that this has been the real reason for any savings achieved. The report looks in detail at what has been happening in the three areas of offender management in England and Wales; prisons, probation and electronic tagging, in an attempt to assess the implications for the taxpayers, public safety and the rehabilitation of offenders. Download the report here.
Qualitative research into the impact of the arts on health
Australian researchers have published a new piece of qualitative research into the links between arts and health. The detailed research, while limited in scope, concludes that the arts have the potential to assist in the promotion of health and healing. The framework attempts to further define the health-arts relationship and appears to be a step towards the 'conceptualisation of a casual health-arts model.' Click here to download the report.
This newsletter is written monthly by Kate Davey.
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