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Greater London

Clinks’ work in London is funded by The Trust for London. The Local Development Officer for London, Jilly Vickers, works mainly with voluntary sector infrastructure organisations and statutory sector partners, enabling greater mutual understanding and opportunities to engage in work to support the sector’s role in reducing offending and promoting community safety.

In addition to continuing to support the voluntary sector around the changing criminal justice landscape in London and representing the sector on strategic boards and project groups, Clinks’ current work in the capital is focused on a one-year project to explore shared evidence of reducing reoffending, initially in the women’s sector.

For further information, please contact Jilly at jilly.vickers@clinks.org

Strategic role

Clinks' strategic work in London includes promoting voluntary sector partnership working with a number of statutory agencies; the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), London region National Probation Service, London Community Rehabilitation Company, London Councils, NHS England London Health in Justice and other health commissioners, and the Metropolitan Police Service.

The London Development Officer represents the voluntary sector on the London Reducing Reoffending Board, and is a member of the London Women Offenders’ Strategy Development Group, London Women’s Taskforce, and NHS Strategic Clinical Network for Health in the Justice System and Other Vulnerable Adults.  Jilly has supported NHS England London’s Health in the Justice System (HJS) team to work effectively with the voluntary sector in the capital, and contributed to development of HJS Public and Patient Engagement Framework and the London Health in the Police and Crime Plan. 

Supporting the voluntary sector

Clinks works closely with London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC), the regional infrastructure organisation, which leads the Safer Future Communities London VCSE Network, to support their crime and justice work, and with Greater London Volunteering (GLV) to promote volunteering with and for people with a history of offending.  The London Development Officer also provides support to borough and sub-regional voluntary sector infrastructure organisations to understand changes to criminal justice and the challenges and opportunities these bring, the health and social inequalities experienced by many of those with an offending background, and the multiple and complex needs that many offenders have. 

In November 2014, Clinks and LVSC delivered the successful ‘All Change!’ event, which provided updates on four key areas of change in criminal justice and community safety: Transforming Rehabilitation, Integrated Offender Management, Offender Health and Victims and Witnesses Commissioning, to an audience of borough CVSs, Volunteer Centres and local authority Heads of Community Safety. 

In September 2015, the London Development Officer gave a seminar on issues in managing offenders as volunteers and recent changes to Disclosure and Barring, at the GLV’s quarterly meeting for London’s Volunteer Centres and other volunteer-involving organisations.  Jilly was joined by Karen Chillman, Manager of Croydon Volunteer Centre, who spoke about their work with offenders and association with Clinks, which goes back to the Innovative Voluntary and Community Sector Involvement in Integrated Offender Management Arrangements project New Routes (and see also the London-specific version of the Clinks and Home Office guidance, 'Involving the Voluntary and Community Sector in London IOM: guidance for partners in other sectors', which can be downloaded here).

From September 2013 to May 2014, the London Development Officer worked with Community Action Southwark (CAS), to develop a shared measurement model, as part of the Clinks and NPC Improving Your Evidence project. This successful development pilot project looked at how to evidence the voluntary sector's approach to reducing offending across the Resettlement Pathways, producing the Southwark Shared Evidence Toolkit, upon which the new London Shared Evidence Project is based.