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Voluntary Sector

The voluntary sector working in criminal justice is large and wide ranging. It includes small, unstaffed community groups and large national organisations, which employ hundreds of people. In this section of the Clinks site you can access a handy overview of the Sector, a series of resources around the role of volunteers and service user involvement in the voluntary sector, and our 'State of the Sector' reports. You can also search for current job vacancies with Clinks member organisations.

Guide to the voluntary sector - A useful overview of the voluntary sector, providing information about who makes up the Sector, and the type of work that is done.

Work in the Sector - If you are looking to work for a Criminal Justice related organisation in the voluntary sector, you can browse our Members' vacancies here.

Volunteering & mentoring - Clinks supports the vital role that volunteers play in the CJS and have produced a variety of resources, case studies and guides to showcase good practice.

Safer Future Communities - Between 2011 and March 2013 Clinks led the Safer Future Communities project to support the VCS to engage with and influence the newly introduced police and crime commissioners.

Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe - This two year project, funded by the European Commission and led by Clinks, establishes a partnership of 8 non-governmental organisations from across Europe working within the Criminal Justice System in order to exchange ideas and share good practice.

State of the Sector - Clinks runs a six monthly survey of organisations in the VCS working within the Criminal Justice System. The surveys aim to review how government funding cuts, changes in commissioning practices and the economic recession are impacting services.

See also: Developing collaboration, Service user involvement