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Working with women

As Clinks seeks to highlight the specific and often neglected needs of women offenders and to provide support to the organisations which work with them, we are publishing a series of in-depth case studies of services working to support women in contact with the CJS. This series aims to highlight the impact of current policy and funding arrangements on both the clients and the organisations themselves.

Clean Break (August 2017)

Clinks and National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance: Case Study of Clean Break

Clean Break is a women-only theatre company that delivers high-quality theatre-based courses, qualifications and specialist support for women with experience of the criminal justice system. This case study explores the impact of current policy and funding arrangements on Clean Break and gives the experiences of Frankie, a former Clean Break student. When describing the work of Clean Break, Anna Herrmann, Head of Education said “we are able to challenge, in a human way and through the stories of women’s real lives, people’s perceptions of the criminal justice system.”

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Lancashire Women's Centres (November 2016)

This is the third in our series of case studies that highlight the impact of current policy and funding arrangements on specialist voluntary sector organisations working to support women, and their clients. For this case study we spoke to Karen Carter, Criminal Justice Project Manager at Lancashire Women’s Centres, a network of five women’s centres located in Accrington, Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley and Preston.

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Anawim Women's Centre (June 2016)

This is the second in our series of case studies that highlight the impact of current policy and funding arrangements on specialist voluntary sector organisations working to support women, and their clients. For this case study we spoke to Joy Doal, Chief Executive of Anawim Women's Centre in Birmingham.

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Nelson Trust Women's Centres in Gloucester and Swindon (May 2016)

This is the first in our series of case studies that highlight the impact of current policy and funding arrangements on specialist voluntary sector organisations working to support women, and their clients. For this case study we spoke to Rose Mahon who, at the time, was Women’s Services Manager at The Nelson Trust. Rose had responsibility for two Women’s Centres – one in Gloucester and the other in Swindon.

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Open Gate: support through the prison gate (June 2014)

This case study of a Clinks member in the North East focusses on Open Gate; a small charity that works out of HMP Low Newton in County Durham providing support to women leaving prison and resettling into the local authority areas of the North East.

This case study demonstrates the impact they have on vulnerable women’s lives, helping them re-enter society and get their lives back on track.

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