Clinks website

supporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families

        About Clinks button

Justice involving volunteers in Europe (JIVE)


Page last updated: 30th June 2016


You can download our newsletters below:

Newsletter 1  Newsletter 2  Newsletter 3  Newsletter 4

Newsletter 5 Newsletter 6  Newsletter 7  Newsletter 8

Newsletter 9 Newsletter 10 Newsletter 11

Final edition - Newsletter 12

Project overview

This two year project, funded by the European Commission and led by Clinks, established a partnership of 8 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from across Europe working within the Criminal Justice System (CJS) to exchange ideas and share good practice. There were two main areas of work that this project focused on:

  • The role and value of volunteers working with (ex) offenders, their families and victims of crime
  • Working effectively in partnership with statutory and private organisations.

The project aimed to build on the recommendations of the Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe (PAVE) produced at the end of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering, and the opinion of the European Economic & Social Committee (SOC/431-EU Policies & Volunteering). 

The project delivered the following:

1] a report on the current contribution and value of volunteers in the criminal justice systems in Europe for dissemination to relevant statutory and non-statutory organisations and European bodies, based on creation and design of an electronic survey (led by BRIK Institute)

2] a best practice guide on volunteer recruitment, training and support, and volunteer training programme (led by Aproximar)

3] an evaluation of current practices in cross sector partnerships to inform a report with recommendations for effective co-operation (led by Foundation 180)

4] cross sector seminars to explore ideas and promote the use of volunteers in CJS and regular newsletters highlighting European practice and project developments (led by Penal Justice Reform Foundation)

5] a final conference in Bucharest, Romania to promote and demonstrate the value of volunteers within the CJS and celebrate the successes of the project (led by GRADO).


Clinks, England & Wales

BRIK Institute, University of Bremen, Germany

Aproximar, Portugal

Foundation 180, The Netherlands

Penal Justice Reform Foundation (RJP), Romania

GRADO, Romania

BAGazs, Hungary

Cooperativa Sociale Cellarius, Italy


Email Richard Nicholls, Head of Operations

This project has the financial support of the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union. The contents of this webpage are the sole responsibility of the project partners, above, and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

Please note Clinks website terms of use