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Vision, mission, objectives and values

Supporting the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system

Our Vision

Our vision is of a vibrant, independent and resilient voluntary sector that enables people to transform their lives. 

Our Mission

To support, represent and advocate for the voluntary sector in criminal justice, enabling it to provide the best possible opportunities for individuals and their families.


  1. Promote the work of the voluntary sector in the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on smaller specialist organisations
  2. Support voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with individuals and their families
  3. Represent and advocate for the voluntary sector and their service users
  4. Identify challenges and opportunities facing the voluntary sector and its service users, and work together to find and implement solutions
  5. Clinks being effective, efficient and professional in its work and operations. Ensuring we have the systems, resources and processes to achieve maximum impact.

Our Values

Our members – Voluntary organisations play a crucial role at the heart of our criminal justice system.

Using evidence – In order to improve the system we must amplify the voices of voluntary organisations working in criminal justice.

Involving service users – We are committed to supporting the effective involvement of people with lived experience of the criminal justice system to inform policy and practice.

People’s capacity to change – We believe that with the right support every individual can transform their lives.

Equality – At every opportunity we identify and tackle disadvantage, discrimination and inequality in our criminal justice system.

Inclusivity – We strive to be approachable, accessible, inclusive and collaborative.

To find out more about our progress on these, see our latest Annual Review or read our Impact Assessment