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.

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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.

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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‘.

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