Do you work with people affected by the criminal justice system or their families?
Do you support people in the criminal justice system?
Clinks supports, promotes and represents voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. Our members are at the heart of what we do.
Clinks membership offers you a voice to influence change, practical assistance to be effective and resilient and support from a community of like-minded professionals. Join our network of over 600 voluntary organisation members, from unstaffed community groups to the largest providers.
Clinks provides a collective voice for voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system. We have an ongoing dialogue with our members who share with us their experiences and views. We make evidence based recommendations for change.
Influence decision makers
We respond to government and influential stakeholders. We meet regularly with the Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office and the Home Office, submit responses and represent members on influential bodies.
Stay informed and up-to-date
Clinks provides concise, targeted information, so you can stay up-to-date quickly and easily. Our ebulletins deliver criminal justice news, events, resources and guidance. We also publish specialist ebulletins covering criminal justice policy, and health and justice news.
Share good practice
We collate our members’ expertise, identify and share key lessons and knowledge. We celebrate our members’ successes and highlight their work in case studies.
Be effective and resilient
We advise, support and signpost to sources of further information, enabling you to provide the best opportunities for your staff and the people you engage with:
- Discounted training and events which inform, engage and promote discussion on topical issues
- Advertise your job vacancies on our popular jobs board
- Get exclusive offers with our partner organisations.
Clinks brokers partnerships and develops networks. Through our online directories, you can identify potential partners, mentoring support and services supporting people in the criminal justice system.
Share your news with our extensive communications network, which reaches over 11,000 people working in the criminal justice system, through our ebulletins and social media activity.
Share experiences and problem solve with like-minded professionals at our events and through our specialist networks for service user involvement managers, women’s organisations and those that work with the arts – the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance provides an engaging and dynamic network for voluntary organisations working in criminal justice and the arts.
What our members say
“Clinks is hugely valuable, creating a consistent voice that can have more impact on politicians, decision-makers and stakeholders on policy.” - Langley House Trust
“Clinks gives us a real insight into what is going on in the criminal justice system and that’s really helpful to us.” - Prisoners Abroad
“The most important thing that Clinks provides to small voluntary organisations, like ourselves, is the voice.” - Lincolnshire Action Trust
“Clinks brings everybody together under the umbrella and provides events and training. It really helps us feel part of a wider community.” - Shannon Trust
Membership types and pricing
Full membership is for non-profit organisations that support our aims and uphold the values that Clinks has. Please read the Shared Expectations section at the bottom of the page.
- Your fee is proportionate to the size of your organisation. This eases the burden on smaller organisations.
- We have raised the income threshold so that organisations with under £250k income per year will pay nothing. This was previously £30k.
- Specialist organisations (defined below) with under £500k income per year won't pay anything, reflecting our particular support and commitment to smaller and specialist organisations.
- Clinks membership year starts from 1st April every year. If you’re eligible to pay a small fee, organisations joining part way through the year will be invoiced on a pro-rata basis.
Our membership charging bands are based on an organisation’s published income figures and are:
Less than £250k
£250k - £500k
£80 or free for specialist organisations, see below
£500k - £1m
£1m - £5m
£5m - £10m
Definitions of specialist organisations
An organisation who specialises in delivering services using the arts in prison or community settings.
An organisation whose main stated purpose is to provide services for families of people with experience of the criminal justice system
A voluntary organisation whose main stated purpose is to provide services for older people with experience of the criminal justice system. For this purpose, we're using the HMPPS definition of an older person which is one over 50 years of age
People with lived experience in organisational leadership
A voluntary organisation that either has a chief executive, 50% of the senior management team or 50% of the trustee board that identifies as having lived experience of the criminal justice system
A voluntary organisation that provides services designed specifically for, and open only to, racially-minoritsed people, or a racially-minoritised led voluntary organisation (in which at least 50% of the leadership roles are held by racially-minoritised people)
A women-specific voluntary organisation that provides services designed specifically for, and open only to, women with experience of the criminal justice system
Associate membership is for those who agree with our aims, but are either individuals or not non-profit organisations, including public or private sector employees.
Public sector organisation:
Less than £500,000
£500,000 to £1m
£1m - £5m
£5m - £10m
Private sector organisation
£500 - £1000 negotiable
Browse the list of benefits for full and associate membership.
Members get offers and discounts on a range of services.
Find out who our members are and the services they provide.