Voluntary organisations play a vital role in raising awareness of damaging government policy and proposing solutions to address systemic issues in the criminal justice system. The sector frequently achieves positive change on behalf of, and alongside, people who face marginalisation and discrimination.
Many organisations will feel however that this work is currently being conducted in a particularly challenging context. Both the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and the Nationality and Borders Bill are progressing through parliament despite sustained voluntary sector opposition, leaving many organisations wondering how they can achieve meaningful change in the current climate.
In this expert seminar, Ghadah Alnasseri, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Hibiscus and Greg Sproston, Policy Manager at The Traveller Movement, will reflect on their experiences of advocating for marginalised people, campaigning against damaging policies and maintaining a sense of energy and optimism in the face of social and political hostility. Attendees will come away with:
- An understanding of different approaches organisations can take to challenge damaging policy
- Examples of how collaborations, partnerships and solidarity can strengthen campaigns
- Ideas for how organisations can maintain energy for their influencing and campaigns work in the face of hostility from those in power.
As Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is funding this programme of work, we are asking for the following criteria to be met:
- These events are open to any voluntary organisation working in the criminal justice system, though each event has a different capacity of attendee numbers to ensure the training is effective
- Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, subject to eligibility and availability, though Clinks will reserve specific spaces for organisations working with people in contact with the criminal justice system that are led by and focussed on racially minoritised people
- Please only book one ticket per organisation as we expect there to be high demand for these events.
About Stronger voice
The Stronger voice programme is funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, and aims to help the voluntary sector working in criminal justice to develop a unified and influential voice, at both a national and regional level. Through this programme, Clinks are bringing together experts across policy, campaigns and communications for a range of free events, training and coaching opportunities to support organisations of all sizes to feel more confident in influencing policy and campaigning for change.