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South West

Clinks has worked in the South West of England since 2005, supporting voluntary organisations and criminal justice agencies to collaborate and develop partnerships. Our current work aims to enable local voluntary organisations working with offenders to adapt to the changing Criminal Justice System, whilst also using local experience to help shape national policy.

For more information on our work in the South West, contact Development Officer for the South West, Isabel Livingstone.

Clinks has published a new briefing which gives an overview of how probation services are managed and delivered in Wales and South West England following the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms that took place in 2015. It includes information on through the gate services, community hubs, rehabilitation activity requirements, and key contacts in Community Rehabilitation Companies and the National Probation Service. Read the briefing here.

Current work

  • Supporting local networks of voluntary organisations working on criminal justice and community safety (see Safer Future Communities for more on engaging with Police & Crime Commissioners). This includes speaking at events, offering advice and sharing good practice.
  • Offering events and training to voluntary organisations to improve sustainability, facilitate collaboration and learn about and influence national policy.
  • Sharing and promoting new initiatives, good practice, and learning about ‘what works’ through news and discussion, conversation and commentary on Twitter (@Clinks_Local), and publications.
  • Facilitating local partnership working and good practice around multiple and complex needs (with the MEAM Coalition) and young adults (with Transition to Adulthood Alliance).

Previous work in the South West

Clinks’ local development first started in the South West in 2005, and has since expanded to other areas of England and Wales. Previously in the South West, Clinks' Local Development Officers have:

  • Researched local ‘on-the-ground’ experience of key issues affecting voluntary organisations working with offenders. Key projects focused on commissioning & procurement and women’s services. Read the More Than A Provider report or Who Cares? Where next for women offender services? women's services interim report.
  • Supported local partnership work by voluntary and public sector criminal justice agencies in every Probation Trust area, working in partnership wherever possible with Local Support and Development Organisations such as Councils for Voluntary Service.
  • Strengthened the role of the VCSE Sector in Integrated Offender Management (IOM) in Gloucestershire and Dorset, Bournemouth & Poole, in partnership with the Home Office.
  • Developed and promoted key strategic objectives and services in relation to Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) offenders and women offenders, including producing an information hub on women offenders
  • Improved VCSE access to local policy, operational networks and resources.
  • Developed the capacity of small to medium sized VCSE organisations to deliver services to offenders, and their families, either on their own or in partnership with other agencies.
  • Worked with National Offender Management Services (NOMS) to ensure strategic regional representation and voice for the VCSE, and to support regional and local partnership work with the Sector.