Changes and challenges of voluntary sector in criminal justice

A team of researchers from Keele, Aberystwyth and South Wales Universities is working with Clinks to study the changes, challenges and opportunities faced by voluntary sector organisations working with offenders and their families.

The ‘Voluntary Sector Resilience Project‘ is inviting those involved in the management of a voluntary sector organisation working with offenders to fill in an online survey (which should take 15-20 minutes to complete).

Influencing local policy for (and by) those with multiple needs

The Making Every Adult Matter coalition has published two guides about influencing local policy, for organisations working with those who have lived experience of multiple need.

The first part of the guide gives details about the key stakeholders (across criminal justice, health and housing) whose decisions impact people with multiple needs and how to engage with them, whilst the second gives advice about how to involve people with lived experience in policy influencing work. » Continue reading news item ... “Influencing local policy for (and by) those with multiple needs”

Toolkit on volunteering for offenders

A ‘Prisoners and Ex-Offenders as Volunteers’ toolkit has been published by Voluntary Action Leeds as a “beginner’s guide to introducing prisoners and ex-offenders as volunteers into your volunteering programme”.

The toolkit covers topics such as Why use prisoners and ex-offenders as volunteers?; How to recruit prisoners and ex-offenders as volunteers; Disclosure and Barring Service; Risk assessment.

Available in pdf, 343KB, from the files section, bottom of the Giving Time page at Doing Good Leeds. » Continue reading news item ... “Toolkit on volunteering for offenders”

Keeping charity identity in a major merger

The chief executive of what was a relatively small charity (with a £4 million annual turnover) relates her experiences of a merger with a much larger charity in an interesting blog piece for Clinks, ‘Retaining your identity as the smaller partner in a merger‘.

Sova was founded in 1975, and has recruited, trained and deployed an estimated 20 thousand volunteers who, in turn, have supported an estimated 195,400 service users – adult and juvenile offenders, children, young people and families. » Continue reading news item ... “Keeping charity identity in a major merger”

Local social care information resource

socialcareinfo is a new website designed to help the elderly, disabled or ill to find details of the support available locally. It also carries national information about rights and entitlements and details of local independent advice organisations.

The site has been created by charity Lasa, which provides social welfare law & tech support services for the third sector.

Appropriate websites are encouraged to “grab our widget to add our post code search to your site for your visitors to use”.

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Employment rights guide in 17 languages

Trades union body TUC International has produced an employment rights resource guide in 17 languages to help inform people of their working rights in the UK.

See ‘Working in the UK – a guide to your rights‘.

The online guide was produced with financial support from the European Commission as part of the project ‘Developing information for migrant workers through transnational cooperation’.