Clinks website

supporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families

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  • Clinks began life in 1993 as London Prisons Community Links, a three year project to improve the way the Voluntary and Community Sector and prisons worked together, and to create a network of organisations working in the Criminal Justice System.
  • The project was funded by the City Parochial Foundation and managed by the late Una Padel.


  • LPCL was renamed ‘Clinks – Prisons Community Links’ and was registered as a company.
  • Appointed Clive Martin as Director and Una moved to the Management Committee.


  • Clinks was registered as a charity.


  • Clinks launched as a membership organisation.


  • Clinks helped develop a more structured relationship between the Prison Service and Voluntary Sector, which was reflected in the newly published PSO 4190 “Strategy for Working with the VCS”. 
  • Clinks extended its work to include the Probation Service.


  • Clinks had 6 staff, including three project workers supported by the current Office Manager, Jean Coates and an information coordinator. 
  • The ‘Working with Prisoners Directory’ (later to become the Working with Offenders Directory) was also published on CD-ROM
  • The Volunteering in Prisons training pack was first published
  • Clinks started publishing the ‘Get Linked’ newsletter (later to become Clinks News).


  • In 2010 Clinks employs 12 members of staff, including three in the South West, and have two offices (York & London).
  • Our turnover has also risen, with ongoing relationships with continuation funders and successful applications to further our work.


  • Clinks has moved to its new home near Tavistock Square, London.
  • Clinks employs 21 staff and has over 600 members. Clinks continues to ensure the voluntary sector and all those with whom they work, are informed and engaged in order to transform the lives of offenders.
  • You can find out more about Clinks' achievements in the latest Annual Review here