Clinks is a national infrastructure organisation supporting VCS organisations working in criminal justice and community safety.Our aim is for a vibrant VCS working in partnership with other organisations and statutory bodies to benefit offenders and communities and ultimately make communities safer places to live. The work of the VCS is varied and wide ranging – due to its independence is able to work with communities and offenders and gain their trust in ways that stat orgs find more difficult. So by working in partnership the two sectors can compliment each other.We have over 500 members – mainly VCS organisations but we also offer associate membership for individuals, public and private sector orgs.
The Safer Future Communities project is a good example of one of our projects that works at a national and regional level to promote partnership working to improve community safety.
What will the networks look like and what will they do?These networks are likely to be structured differently in each area depending on local needs. They might be a network of existing networks but joining them up across geographical areas that haven’t previously worked together or a network of existing thematic networks or it could take the form of an existing CS network or be brand new. But all the networks, no matter how they’re structured will bring together VCSE organisations working on community safety, be able to provide information about community safety needs and evidence of ways to address them, and build links between network members and strategic partners.
So at a national level we are providing support to the networks through guidance such as policy briefings on the impact of the changes on various sub sectors, support on things like lobbying and media work and membership to ensure the networks are diverse. We are also producing a position statement with our wider stakeholder group which will outline the VSCE offer to the PCC and the principles which guide the VCSE work in CS.At a local level the networks will be creating diverse partnerships. Its early days and they are still getting started (and the funding they received is not huge at all) but some are already working with PAs to support them in developing commissioning frameworks for the PCCs that do not disadvantage the VCSE, others are planning to map services in their area. Others are planning hustings and have already started influencing – for instance one has written to councillors to highlight the need to take equalities issues into account in the make of the PCP – I’m sure you’ll here more throughout today about what’s happening here in Thames Valley.
Now I’m going to pass over to Paula to give more details about how the Humberside Safer Future Communities network is working in partnership with CSPs.
Thank you Jess….I would like to start by reflecting on whatwe have done with the local network based on what were invited to do, follow this up by showing you how we have approached our networking in Humberside and conclude with some challenges we are facing in taking our next steps for us all to reflect upon…
First slides summarise actions/activities we are working on together to help deliver CLINks’ aim forlocal networks One of the reasons our organisation was chosen to lead the development of the Humberside network was because it had already well established links with its CSP and respective partners both in NEL and at Police Authority Area level of Humberside and had a proactive working group of VCSE members and CS partners in NEL whose work programme already mirrored the needs of the safer future communities network being requested at Police Force level. Clearly there is always room for improvement so we took the opportunity to lead when invited on behalf of our VCSE members…With regards the training and support again in NEL we were already providing monthly briefing sessions for VCSE groups and CS partners on relevant CS subjects such as neighbourhood policing; reducing reoffending; PREVENT; sentencing; restorative practices; victims self help panels; police volunteering… and many more and these sessions are interactive and very much based on what learners want to know with practical work and a visit programme included
Important to note we have not only included voluntary, community groups & social enterprises but also our partners in the 4 respective local community safety partnerships as well as our further & higher education links for young peopleIn terms of potentially excluded groups we are ensuring we share our work with and enable participation of and/or advocacy for people in our CSP client groups for example volunteers, offenders, victims, vulnerable young & old people noting that these clients can be part of more than one of these groups of people
Major challenge in that we have a rather large estuary and a well-know bridge between us but once we persuaded VCSE of the value of getting together with partners and prospective PCC and presented AN approach to a single voice…Ongoing challenge is that there are MANY voices and Many of them still want to be heard individually so our task is to show what can be achieved by joining together using events and web pages for one voice on key issues that we can all agree upon (leaving aside for the time being those we cannot)Lobbying & influencing is more powerful as we all know when coordinated and consistent so we have built upon established links between local VCSE partners and their CSPs and are establishing new links with our PA & pot. PCC
We each work differently with our 4 CSPs for example 3 have VCSE representation & one does not; in NEL we have a proactive working group which identifies needs and prioritises them for action as part of the CSP. The CAAC IF gave all 4 of us an opportunity to identify local CS needs and work with our CSPs to work jointly on their delivery. Neighbourhood Forums working closely with Neighbourhood Watch groups also help to identify/meet local CS needsWe provide opportunities for VCSE groups to bid for funding to support the delivery of CSP priorities where other partners are ineligible to bid this requires partners sharing their information & evidence as well as us sharing ours in turn by showing how our existing services; current projects and new ideas can contribute we influence future plans via the JSIA, for example in North & North East Lincolnshire the CSPs introduced Stronger Communities to the agenda, and commissioned the VCS to deliver services that were more appropriate via VCS groups than public sector organisations
In addition to new work with HPA TWG all 4 lead partners have experience of commissioning work with children & young people’s services and health organisations all of which is transferable and in some cases such as drugs & alcohol linked to the police and crime agendaNow I would like to show you some examples of the current services and emerging development work in a slide show we put together for our launch which was very well received by our prospective PCCs and CSP partners – I am sure you will all have similar examples in your respective police authority areas…
Focus on priority needs of client groups rather than individual member organisations and partner organisations – huge challenge in current economic climate with dilemma of local demands not always matching strategic priorities Share investment at operational tactical level by moving towards pooling ALL resources working on p/ship agenda, i.e. HR/buildings/financial so that not in direct competition but rather complementing each others’ servicesEnsure resilience is built into existing model rather than dismantling & rebuilding every time a new initiative comes along so that lessons learned are really put into practice and lightning does not strike twice in a destructive way! AND communities can contribute to future sustainability of frontline services
Presentation to National Community Safety Network national conference
www.clinks.org Clinks Working in partnership for Community Safety Jess Mullen Safer Future Communities project coordinatorSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org About Clinks • Clinks is a national infrastructure organisation that supports the work that voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations undertake within the Criminal Justice System (CJS) of England and Wales and to make communities safer places to live. • Our vision is to see an independent, vibrant and well resourced Voluntary and Community Sector, working in partnership to promote the rehabilitation of offenders for the benefit of offenders and the communities they live in. • We have over 500 members, whom we represent to influence policy on criminal justice and community safety.Supporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org Our members • VCS organisations working with offenders and to improve community safety are diverse and wide ranging. • They include: Campaigning organisations, self groups, service providers, arts organisations and many more. • Their work addresses issues such as: Reducing reoffending, tackling violence and women and girls, supporting victims of crime, substance misuse, and youth crime. • VCS often engages with some of the most excluded communities, and those suffering multiple disadvantages - those who mainstream services fail to reach.Supporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org What we do Regional and Local Work • Improve local opportunities available to the VCS • Research and knowledge to inform our influencing work National Work • Influencing policy • Improving practice • Promoting opportunities for the VCS to develop or expand their work in the criminal justice and community safety fieldsSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org Our Services• Working with offenders directoryhttp://www.workingwithoffenders.org/• Lightlunch• Clinks networkhttp://clinks.ning.com/• Briefings and reports• Support and resourcesSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org Supporting the VCS to prepare for new commissioning environment.Supporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org Safer Future Communities • Supporting the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector to engage with and influence the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and the new commissioning landscape in which they will operate. • Aim: to secure effective partnership work between the VCSE Sector, PCCs, Community Safety Partnerships, Probation Trusts and other statutory bodies. • The project runs until March 2013. • Funded by the Home OfficeSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org Statutory partners CSPs HWBs PCCs NOMsSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org Local Safer Future Communities networks • A lead organisation in each PCC area will: – Co-ordinate and manage a diverse network – Gather information and evidence around local priorities and influence strategic plans – Build links between the network and other strategic partners – Identify training and support needs of network partners – Provide evidence of the success and impact of the network and of lessons for policy makers and practitioners – Ensure excluded groups and the vulnerable are heard and representedSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org Project Activities National • Provide support and a strategic overview to the local networks incl. training and support resources • National position statement stating what the VCSE can offer and the principles that guide the way we work Local • Bringing the VCSE together to speak with one voice • Working with commissioning models • Providing information on community safety needs and how the VCSE can help to meet them • Lobbying and influencingSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org Humberside Safer Future Communities Network Coordinated by Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire Voluntary Action North East LincolnshireSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.orgHUMBERSIDE SAFER FUTURE COMMUNITIES NETWORK covering Northern Lincolnshire & East Yorkshire Hosted by Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire in partnership with Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire, East Riding Voluntary Action Service and Hull Council for the Voluntary Service Covering the Humberside Policing AreaSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.orgLocal Safer Future Communities Networks Actions/Activities in Humberside 1. Build links between the network and other strategic partners Well established with good prospects 2. Identify training and support needs of network partners Already delivering learning programmesSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.orgLocal Safer Future Communities Networks Actions/Activities in Humberside 3. Co-ordinate and manage a diverse network 4 VCSE leads and their members Includes respective partners 4. Ensure excluded groups and the vulnerable are heard and represented VCSE volunteers, offenders, victims Safeguarding, supporting people user groupsSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org Local Safer Future Communities Networks Actions/Activities in Humberside 5. Bringing the VCSE together to speak with one voice Launch event with partners & PCC candidates Webpages / leads meetings / other events 6. Lobbying and influencing Humberside Police Authority / PCC candidates Community Safety Partnerships / partnersSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org Local Safer Future Communities Networks Actions/Activities in Humberside 7. Providing information on community safety needs and how the VCSE can help to meet them Working Group/Innovation Fund/Neighbourhood Forums 8. Gather information and evidence around local priorities and influence strategic plans Existing services/current projects/new ideasSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.org Local Safer Future Communities Networks Actions/Activities in Humberside 9. Working with commissioning models Part of police authority transition working group 10. Provide evidence of the success and impact of the network and of lessons for policy makers and practitioners Sharing examples of current / development workSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
www.clinks.orgHUMBERSIDE SAFER FUTURE COMMUNITIES NETWORK covering Northern Lincolnshire & East Yorkshire Humberside VCSE showcase of current work and emerging effective practices (insert 5 minute rolling slide show)Supporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families
East Riding of YorkshireThe Boothferry Road Project, Goole
East Riding of YorkshireThe Boothferry Road Project, Goole The Migrant Rights and Responsibilities in Goole project has been funded through the CommunityAction Against Crime Innovation Fund. Working outof the Boothferry Road Project in Goole the project aims to reduce re-offending rates by working with Migrants in the area.
East Riding of YorkshireVolunteers voices need to be heard
East Riding of Yorkshire Neighbourhood WatchNeighbourhood watch is without a doubt the most successful residentinspired and led community safety initiative in the UK.Neighbourhoods are safer and stronger when people who live in themwork together as good neighbours to reduce crime and anti-socialbehaviour.Across our region there are many hundreds of groups ranging from just ahandful of people through to several streets working as a coordinatedwhole.
East Riding of YorkshireCommunity groups work at grassroots level
East Riding of Yorkshire MIND East Riding – Reach Out“We aim to give you the tools you may need to empower youto move forward and lead a more fulfilling life. We will reach out to those who feel or have felt isolated, vulnerable or lonely. Our person centred approach aims to offer a reliable service that bridges the gap between you and your community. We will help you to take control of your life and move forward to achieve your goals and increase your confidence”
East Riding of YorkshireWe have experience on the frontline
East Riding of Yorkshire The Hinge Centre“Chance for Life” project
East Riding of Yorkshire The Hinge Centre“Chance for Life” project
Hull Neighbourhood NetworkThe Neighbourhood Network is a charitable trust made up ofHull based neighbourhood groups – residents groups, tradergroups, neighbourhood and business watch, tenants groups, and any other groups - however big or small – that are interested in community safety.
HullWe work together to reduce crime,develop a good community spiritand create a safer environmentwhere people are neighbourly andlook out for each other.
Hull Goodwin TrustCommunity Wardens Scheme 4 areas of focus: • Environment • Crime Prevention • Community Cohesion • Engagement.
Hull PROBE (Hull) LtdProtection against violent experiencePROBE has a mission to work with local people to help build prosperous, safe and attractive neighbourhoods. The PAVE project (Protection Against Violent Experience)will deal directly with reducing violence against women and girls.
Hull Minerva- The Shires Project Instances of ASB, nuisance crime and fly tipping will bereduced due to the security gates, improving residents quality of life.
HullVolunteers help provide workable solutions
Hull Hull Street Angels TrinityHull Street Angels Trinity will make a really positive impact on crime and anti-social behaviour in theTrinity Quarter of Hull, particularly in the vicinity ofbars and clubs, by providing a calming presence on the streets late at night.
North Lincolnshire Westcliff Drop-in CentreWestcliff Intervention& Support Project (WISP)WISP was developed in partnership with SaferNeighbourhoods and Humberside Police in response toongoing concerns about anti-social behaviour in the Westcliffprecinct.The project will provide local access for members of thecommunity to navigate pathways to recovery from substanceuse.
North Lincolnshire Westcliff Drop-in CentreWestcliff Intervention& Support Project (WISP)The centre offers diversionary activities and opportunities forcapacity-building such as training and mentoring, and willwork with the wider community to develop environmentalprojects to promote community cohesion on the estate.
North LincolsnhireCommunity groups help reduce re-offending
North LincolnshireNew Life Church Scunthorpe ‘Gifted’
North Lincolnshire Street Pastors North Lincs Street Pastors are a group of Christian volunteers from various churches across Scunthorpe. Working independently, but with the full support of the LocalAuthority and the Police, and working closely with securityand door staff of the pubs and clubs, they patrol the Town Centre on Saturday nights between 10pm and 4am.
North East Lincolnshire Safer Homes ServiceProtects the residents of North East Lincolnshire by offering security advice and carrying out general security measures at the address, either after a crime has been committed or if the resident has a fear of crime or anti social behaviour.
North East Lincolnshire Positive results withchallenging young people
North East Lincolnshire Harbour Place Day CentreStreet Outreach Worker Project
North East Lincolnshire Harbour Place Day CentreStreet Outreach Worker Project
North East LincolnshireHarbour Place Day Centre : Street Outreach Worker Project 123 people supported
North East Lincolnshire Harbour Place Day CentreStreet Outreach Worker Project
North East Lincolnshire EMPOWERSupporting pathways to positive lifestyles and employment
EMPOWER - North East Lincolnshire Mentoring Aiming HighChallenging Targets Training Work Trials Employment
North East Lincolnshire EMPOWERThe Empower Programme has;• Contributed to significant reduction in re-offending by the more prolific re- offenders and non-statutory offenders• Been a key support partner in the Integrated Offender Management framework• Provided active mentoring support for over 300 offenders.• Supported more than 100 offenders into improved health and mental health• Assisted 70 offenders with transport solutions to access training and work• Supported 48 individuals into sustained tenancies• Supported 92 offenders in substance misuse treatment services• Supported 62 individuals into sustained and formal training / qualifications• Progressed 26 offenders into work trials and work based training• Developed volunteering opportunities for ex-offenders• Supported 48 ex-offenders into sustained employment
North East LincolnshireNeighbourhoods working together to fight crime
North East Lincolnshire Communities Together“Hate Crime? So do we” What is hate crime?
North East Lincolnshire Communities Together“Hate Crime? So do we”
North East Lincolnshire West Marsh Community Centre Community Payback1200 clients annually.Supporting the centre, ground works and maintenance.
North East LincolnshireWest Marsh Community Centre Community Payback
North East LincolnshireTackling tough times in partnership
North East Lincolnshire North East Lincolnshire Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT)Part of Safer Stronger Communities Partnership
North East LincolnshireNorth East Lincolnshire Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) The JunctionThe Junction Community Drug Service provides: Brief interventions, needle exchange, advice and information and triage assessment Comprehensive assessment, structured counselling, nursing support by qualified personnel and prescribing by sessional GP’s.
North East LincolnshireNorth East Lincolnshire Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) North East Lincolnshire Community Alcohol Team (NELCAT)Providing a service that can identify and then supply a range of information, support, advice and treatment for people experiencing problems as a result of their alcohol use in North East Lincolnshire.
www.clinks.org Local Safer Future Communities Networks Actions/Activities in Humberside The 3 major challenges we are now facing: 1. Need to focus on client groups’ needs 2. Must share ALL our resources 3. Ensure resilience at community levelSupporting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families