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Here you will find the latest press releases from Clinks

Please direct any media enquiries to Joe Gardham | 07969 727129

News Release for the Young Review [Embargo: 10/12/14]

Leadership is needed to reduce the amount of young black and Muslim men sent to prison. The over representation  of young black and/or Muslim men in the Criminal Justice System  has reached critical levels according to a report launched in the House of Lords today by a coalition of charities. Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) offenders are more likely to serve a prison sentence and receive harsher treatment in prison than their white counterparts.


Clinks statement on Transforming Rehabilitation 'preferred bidders' announcement [Embargo: for immediate release | Published: 29th October 2014]

Today the Ministry of Justice announced the preferred bidders in the Transforming Rehabilitation competition. This is a statement from Clive Martin, Director of Clinks on the announcement.

Clinks awarded MoJ funding to continue to support the sector [Embargo: for immediate release | Published: 10th March 2014]

Charities and voluntary organisations working with offenders received a double boost today as Justice Minister Jeremy Wright announced that the pioneering Justice Data Lab pilot would be extended for a further year, along with a grant of £720,000 to provide support to the sector. The grant was awarded to a partnership led by the umbrella organisation Clinks which aims to provide support to smaller voluntary organisations including those who specialise in rehabilitating specific groups of offenders – for example female offenders, those from black and minority ethnic communities or those with learning disabilities.

Transforming Rehabilitation – Today’s statement by the Ministry of Justice [Embargo: for immediate release]

Clinks welcomes the Ministry of Justice proposal to widen support to include those with short sentences, the recognition of the expertise and value of the Voluntary and Community Sector, and the aim to provide continuous and consistent support through the gate. Additionally, the possibility of creating individual packages of support that will help offenders turn their lives around has great potential.

Danger that crime will rise as vital services cut [Embargo: for immediate release]
New research from charity Clinks indicates that national and local government cuts have resulted in a decrease in the quantity and quality of the services on which the most vulnerable depend. 

Criminal justice services at risk: VCS income cuts threaten community safety [Embargo: 15.04.11]
Voluntary and Community Sector organisations working to prevent and reduce crime are losing vital funding in the face of multiple challenges and growing demand for their services. Our latest press release presents the results from two surveys of Light Lunch readers in Winter 2010/11. The surveys show that 68% of you have staff on, or imminently facing, precautionary redundancy notices; More than three quarters have had grant income reduced already, and 87% expect further cuts in the year ahead; 83% of you report an increase in the number of people seeking your help, and 96% are spending more time on fundraising.

Dame Anne Owers OBE is our new Chair [Embargo: 11.08.10]
Anne's interest in Clinks reflects her great belief in the diversity and value of the Voluntary and Community Sector: “At the moment there is a real opportunity to safely bring down the prison population, improve resettlement outcomes and strengthen community punishments. A strong Voluntary and Community Sector will be crucial in this, as it provides the foundation that many offenders and their families depend on to rebuild their lives. The sector plays a vital role for individuals and society - not just offering services, but also providing vision, innovation and hope. But these are challenging times and we need to ensure the sector is confident and well supported. I worked for 25 years in the sector before I was appointed Chief Inspector and so I am delighted to be involved with Clinks, given its role in supporting the whole sector working in the Criminal Justice System."

Clinks’ Directory of offender services [Embargo: 23.03.10]
Clinks’ Working with Offenders Directory was launched today. The Working with Offenders Directory is a free, comprehensive online database providing support for offenders in prison and the community. It features details of rehabilitation services available to offenders and their families.

Guides to volunteering by offenders launched [Embargo: 21/01/10]
National charity Clinks has today published a series of guides designed to support organisations in their day-to-day work with offenders. Targeted at those who involve volunteers, or provide mentoring and befriending services to offenders and ex-offenders, these guides are designed to support any organisation whether they are established or just setting up.

New coalition urges politicians to act for the most vulnerable [Embargo: 29.09.09]
Today a coalition of four leading charities will call on the government and opposition parties to prevent the most vulnerable in society from falling between the gaps in care services.

Charity receives funding to tackle race inequalities in prison [Embargo: 23.07.09]
Clinks will find solutions to inequalities experienced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in prisons across England and Wales, thanks to new funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Guiding offenders on their “road to Damascus” [Embargo: 29.01.09]
Phil Wheatley, Director General of NOMS, spoke at the 10th Clinks AGM in January. Highlights of his speech included his desire to keep the arts in prison, how the voluntary sector can help fight the tabloid media, and the value of our sector’s staff.