Clinks’ development work in the North East, South West, North West, West Yorkshire and Wales focuses on listening to local need and ensuring voluntary organisations have their voice heard locally and nationally. The area development team provides one-to-one support to the voluntary sector working in criminal justice. We gather frontline intelligence that informs Clinks national policy work and strategic direction. The team works in partnership with local organisations and agencies to build strategic relationships, and represent voluntary organisations within local statutory structures.
What we do:
- Ensure local organisations are kept up to speed with changes to the criminal justice system.
- Capture, encourage, and promote good practice.
- Help the voluntary sector collaborate. Develop networks and facilitating partnership opportunities to enable collaboration and coordination between different sectors.
- Provide training, support, guidance and other resources on issues that matter to local organisations.
- Listen and respond to the views and experiences of voluntary sector organisations to inform Clinks policy work at the national, regional and local level.
- Advocate for the voluntary sector and provide representation on strategic boards to make the case for innovative and proven approaches to supporting people in, or those affected by, the criminal justice system.
- Explore how voluntary sector organisations can become more sustainable. Work with local partners to promote funding opportunities and thinking of new ways of working.
Through the Making Every Adult Matter coalition, we provide specialist support to local projects on how to target people who are most in need, improving reporting systems and working towards system change. Find out more on our multiple needs page.
Our expert staff are also available to visit our member organisations. If you would like a visit, contact us. Find out more about Clinks membership.
Regional criminal justice forums
Our regional criminal justice forums provide a regular opportunity for local members to come together, learn about new developments and hear from key stakeholders. Our local events have brought voluntary organisations together with prison governors, representatives from Community Rehabilitation Companies and the National Probation Service, Police and Crime Commissioners and local authorities. Visit our events page for the latest events. Contact Angela Lucas to find out more about the next regional criminal justice forum, suggest items for discussion, or enquire about speaking opportunities.
Our work in the South West
Clinks has worked in the South West of England since 2005, supporting voluntary organisations and criminal justice agencies to collaborate and develop partnerships. Our current work aims to enable local voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system to adapt to current and future changes, whilst also using local experience to help shape national policy. For a regional round up of the latest news, events and opportunities for Light Lunch readers working in the South West, contact Isabel Livingstone.
- We hold regular regional justice forums to support information sharing and provide networking opportunities
- We support local networks of voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system and community safety, through speaking at events, offering advice, and sharing and promoting new initiatives and good practice
- We work with commissioners to positively engage the voluntary sector, including police and crime commissioners, prisons, probation and local authorities
- We facilitate local partnership working, and support coordinated approaches and collaboration through our Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) work to support people experiencing multiple disadvantage
- This briefing gives an overview of how probation services are managed and delivered in Wales and South West England following the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms that took place in 2015.
Browse our Directory of offender services for organisations working in the South West.
For more information on our work in the South West, contact Development Officer Isabel Livingstone.
Our work in the North East
Clinks work in the North East is delivered in partnership with Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE). Our role is to support the voluntary sector to keep up-to-date with changes in the criminal justice system by providing briefings and events, working with statutory organisations to ensure the voluntary sector is involved in decision making, and providing direct support to member organisations. To receive a monthly North East criminal justice ebulletin contact Natalie Maidment.
- We hold regular regional justice forums, to support information sharing and provide networking opportunities
- We work with commissioners to positively engage the voluntary sector, including police and crime commissioners, probation and local authorities. The key contacts can be found in this briefing
- We work to strengthen the relationships between the seven North East prisons and the voluntary sector
- We facilitate local partnership working, and support co-ordinated approaches and collaboration through our MEAM work to support people experiencing multiple disadvantage.
Browse our Directory of offender services for organisations working in the North East. Read Clinks case studies showcasing the innovative work of our members in the region.
For more information on our work in the North East, contact Development Officer Natalie Maidment.
Our work in the North West
Our role in the North West is to support and build voluntary sector voice and influence at a regional level, ensuring the sector and criminal justice agencies are kept up-to-date with changes in the criminal justice system and structures, and monitoring the impact of change on organisations at a local level in order to influence national criminal justice policy.
- We hold regular regional criminal justice forum events to support information sharing and provide networking opportunities
- We work with statutory organisations and stakeholders and provide representation to ensure the voluntary sector is involved in decision making
- We work directly with members and provide support to organisations to address key issues and share good practice, encouraging and facilitating collaboration and partnership working between sectors
- Our North West Development Manager Angela Lucas leads on our devolution and localism work to better engage the sector in understanding and responding to the implications and opportunities of devolved responsibilities and commissioning structures for criminal justice services.
Browse our Directory of offender services for organisations working in the North West.
For more information on our work in the North West, contact development manager Angela Lucas.