NI law society provides translated leaflets

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has published various translated information leaflets on legal matters.

They have been translated by students into 9 languages including Chinese and Arabic, covering topics such as property, claiming asylum, making a will. They are available for download from both the Society’s publications section and a news item on Community NI website. Hard copies are available on request from the Society or solicitor firms throughout Northern Ireland.

SCVO pushes third sector involvement in human rights

Scotland’s sector body SCVO has launched a #RightApproach campaign, promoting human rights in the third sector.

The introductory article looks at why now, which appears to be largely down to the  UK Government reaffirming plans to press ahead with a British Bill of Rights, replacing the 1998 Human Rights Act.

“The third sector plays a pivotal role in ensuring the rights set out in the document are realised in practice.”

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Video on starting a user led organisation

A training video on starting up a user led organisation (ULO) has been created by Spectrum, itself a ULO run and controlled by disabled people.

The video is based on the real life experiences of groups who have gone through the setting up and early development process. Topics covered include: working out your direction, planning, funding and finance, how to get advice and support. Supplementary learning notes and a funding guide will be available shortly. » Continue reading news item ... “Video on starting a user led organisation”

The state of the criminal justice sector

Clinks, the body for organisations working with offenders and their families, has published ‘The state of the sector 2016‘ (pdf, 1.5MB).

The executive summary leads with:

The survey responses show that the voluntary sector continues to be diverse – in terms of its size and the services it provides, as well as the geographical locations served. The majority of organisations work either locally or regionally rather than nationally and the majority of organisations are small and employ less than 50 members of staff.

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App to include youngsters with special needs

A Disability App for Leaders, already available for Apple’s iOS and now for Android devices too, has been produced by the Boys’ Brigade in Northern Ireland.

The app provides quick, basic information for youth leaders on 25 different disabilities that affect children and young people. Its not just for BB leaders, and is for anyone working with young people, giving accessible information and guidance to include boys who may display a disability or a particular special need. » Continue reading news item ... “App to include youngsters with special needs”

Tools to develop service user involvement

A new guide from Clinks gives practical tools for organisations working with people in prison, on probation or in other areas of the Criminal Justice System, to develop an involvement programme and approach which places service users at the organisation’s heart.

Involving service users is key to the difference we can make in the lives of offenders – improving the quality and impact of the services on offer; contributing to wider outcomes, including reducing re-offending; and enabling individual service users to build a new identity which supports their journey to desistance from crime.

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