Around 90 delegates took the time to attend our event last week which officially launched the partnership between VONNE and Clinks. The project is to develop a North East Criminal Justice Network for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector. All presentations from the event are now available online.
The event provided a lot of room for discussion about what the issues the VCSE Sector are facing and a recurring theme was the ‘fog which surrounds the changes to the Criminal Justice System’. Ellie Cumbo, the Policy Manager at Clinks provided an update of policy changes in Criminal Justice including the Transforming Rehabilitaton agenda. Clinks has developed a Transforming Rehabilitation webpage which provides the latest information and blogs.
I used this opportunity to introduce my new role as Local Development Officer in the North East for Clinks. Further information can be found here. I would welcome any thoughts you may have about what you would like to see from future events and briefing notes.
This event also provided the sector an opportunity to showcase some examples of the excellent work we provide with the presentation of some case studies. These 3 case studies are part of a series being produced by Barefoot Research and Evaluation:
- A Housing Case Study - Community Campus 87: Get Moving Project
- A Case Study Supporting Women in Prostitution – A Away Out: Women’s Outreach Service and Changing Lives For Women
- A Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme Case Study – Barnardos: Domestic Violence Protection Project
If you are an organisation working in Criminal Justice I would encourage you to complete our survey. This survey will be used to develop a picture of what services the VCSE Sector are providing around community safety, reducing reoffending and supporting victims across the North East.