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Clinks Annual Conference 2017

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Clinks Annual Conference 2017

Resilience: responding to adversity and change in the criminal justice system
November 2, 2017 - 9:30am to 5:00pm


Please note bookings have now closed for this event, if you have any questions please contact

Our theme for this year is 'Resilience: responding to adversity and change in the criminal justice system'.

Resilience unites all voluntary organisations. Our members, and their passionate staff and volunteers, adapt and respond innovatively and creatively to the challenges they encounter. They form partnerships and networks, devise new services and collaborate with others - supporting people to cope and thrive in difficult situations.

There will be three areas of focus:

  • Organisational resilience:
    How have organisations bounced back from adversity and met new challenges?
    How have they adapted to change?
  • Workforce resilience:
    How do organisations support and value their staff and volunteers?
  • Service User resilience:
    How can we learn from the resilience displayed by many of those who access the services of voluntary organisations?

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from key policy and decision makers.
  • Take part in interactive sessions run by members and service users.
  • Exchange ideas with organisations and individuals who have innovated and responded creatively to changes and challenges.
  • Discuss how you can implement similar methods in your work.
  • Network with management and practitioners from key voluntary organisations, government officials, and funders.

The event will be held in central London, 5 mins from Holborn. The event will start at 09.30 and finish at 16.30 and will be followed by the AGM and a drinks reception.


£70 for voluntary sector Clinks full members
£80 for Individual/Organisation associate members
£120 for all others

If you are a voluntary organisation non-member, please contact us for information on a great deal on membership.

If costs are prohibitive, please email



Below is a summary of the day. Download the full programme including all the workshop choices here. If you have booked your place, please email with your workshop preferences – one from the morning session and one for the afternoon session. Please note workshops A, C, F, H and I are now fully booked. 
We have invited a few consultants to run individual advice surgeries on a range of subjects. Bookings are on a first come first served basis, the consultants are:
  • Russell-Cooke – legal consultation, do you have any questions on data protection, employment, governance or contracts?
  • Unlocking the potential – Gethin specialises in how to create and maintain high performance teams through effective supervision and coaching.
  • Scrutton Bland – insurance advice tailored for the charity sector.

To book a slot please email

Keynote speech: Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation

Morning workshops:
A: Approaches to conflict: building staff resilience. 
Leap Confronting Conflict
B: Sustaining the women-centred approach
Lancashire Women’s Centres, Stockport Women’s Centre & Women Matta
C: Bouncing back after funding cuts
Langley House Trust
D: Resilience, changing the perception of sexual harm
Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire Circles of Support and Accountability
E: Unlocking trustees with conviction
Unlock, for people with convictions
‘Life changing moments’. Examples of times when resilience is tested.
What have we learnt? What would we have done differently? A range of perspectives from across the sector.
A panel discussion with:
Joy Doal, Chief Executive, Anawim,
Jane Gould Smith, Chief Executive, Clean Sheet,
Gethin Jones, Founder, Unlocking the Potential,
Sophie Wilson, Chief Operating Officer, Sova

Afternoon workshops:
F: Minding the gap: Personal and organisational resilience in difficult times
Confluence Partnerships

G: The golden thread’: family ties and resilience in the context of imprisonment
Prison Reform Trust and i-HOP (Barnardos)

H: Understanding the transition between the community and prison for people experiencing multiple complex needs
Fulfilling Lives Multiple Complex Needs Programme

I:  Small charities, big impact: effective working in a turbulent prison system

J:  Resilient and Invisible:  supporting minorities in the Criminal Justice System, a partnership approach
Irish Community Care and Irish Chaplaincy.

K: Creating Spaces for Dissonance and Harmony
Good Vibrations



Terms and Conditions

Full terms and conditions apply

Cancellations must be made in writing to  Please include your organisation name and delegate contact details.

If you cancel your booking:

  • 1 month or more before the event, no charges will be incurred. If payment has been made, a refund will be arranged.
  • Less than 1 month, but more than five working days before the event, Clinks will retain 50% of the fee and a refund can be arranged for the remainder.
  • Within five working days of the event, Clinks will retain 100% of the fee and no refund will be applicable.
  • If you do not attend the event Clinks will retain 100% of the fee, unless a legitimate reason for not attending can be provided.  Such decisions are at the discretion of Clinks.