Join us to discuss how we can create change together at our annual conference. The conference offers you a chance to hear from key policy and decision makers, and to network with voluntary sector organisations and government officials.
People in the criminal justice system and their families are facing increasing challenges in getting the support they need to lead fulfilling lives. Successive political and administrative changes to the structures in criminal justice, coupled with reducing resources, mean that many people are unable to get the help they need.
The voluntary sector’s role is more important than ever, but it too faces unprecedented challenges. Into the future, we need to work together to speak up on behalf of service users and communities, and to provide flexible services that meet changing needs.>
Clinks is ambitious about the future and potential of the sector. We want to build and support a movement of organisations who play an essential role in helping people to desist from crime and turn their lives around.
Contribute to the conference programme
We are inviting our members to take part in this year’s conference by running sessions that explore, examine, and celebrate how voluntary organisations working within the criminal justice system create change together.
We encourage organisations to propose workshops that include:
- Collaboration with other organisations and/or experts by experience
- Consideration of the needs of people in the criminal justice system who are protected under the Equalities Act (2010)
- How organisations can stand together to speak freely on behalf of and amplify the voice of their service users.
If you would like to propose a session at the conference, fill in the application form and send to email@example.com by Friday 22nd February.
Our 2018 conference - Clinks at 20
Held on the 7th November, our 2018 annual conference was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate 20 years of supporting the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system.
Delegates had the chance to network with other Clinks members, funders, and government influencers, and meet Clinks staff and trustees, old and new. Inspiring speakers and performances helped us look at what we have achieved together over the years, before we looked to the future with the launch of our strategy for 2019 – 2022.
Attendees has some very positive things to say about the event...
“The panel discussion was excellent - the best I have seen. There were some quality presenters and it was smoothly facilitated.”
“I came away knowing that we are not alone in the issues that we face as a small charity. I made lots of new contacts that I will follow up on with a view to working in partnership.”
“I took away some top tips, for organisational resilience, and resolving conflict. It was a really great day - I really appreciated attending the interactive workshops where we participated, shared and learnt.”
“I always walk away from your events with new contacts, and I gain knowledge, experience and shared learning across the sector - thank you.”
Watch this short film for excerpts of our speakers and key insights from our members at the event.