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Clinks’ work in the North East is delivered in partnership with Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE). The Local Development Officer for the North East, Natalie Maidment, is currently on secondment to Clinks. Natalie’s role is to support the sector to keep up to date with changes in the criminal justice landscape by providing briefings and events; working with statutory organisations to ensure the voluntary sector is involved in decision making; and direct support to member organisations.

In a recent survey on the impact of our work in the North East, 86% of respondents felt more informed about the Criminal Justice System and the partnership has given them the opportunity to influence policy. All respondents felt that the services we provide meet their needs very well. When asked what the sector would like us to focus on over the next year, respondents requested us to continue as we have been doing. More information about the survey can be found on our blog here.

For more information on our work in the North East, please contact Natalie Maidment at

Work with commissioners

We are working with Commissioners to positively engage the voluntary sector. In the North East there are 12 local authorities, 3 police and crime commissioners and 2 Community Rehabilitation Companies. More details about key contacts can be found in the Guide to CJS in the North East briefing.

Work with prisons

We are working to strengthen the relationship between the 7 North East prisons and the voluntary sector. We are currently working with a local prison and Prince Bishop (a credit union) to develop a project to improve prisoners’ access to savings accounts.

Multiple and complex needs work in the North East

The Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Coalition coordinate a North East Multiple Needs and Exclusion Forum. The forum is an opportunity for those working around multiple needs in the voluntary and statutory sector to come together to share good practice and influence policy and practice.

There are two MEAM projects in the North East; one in North Tyneside and one in Sunderland. There is also a Big Lottery Funded Fulfilling Lives project across Newcastle/Gateshead.

More information about the North East Multiple Needs and Exclusion Forum and the multiple needs projects in the North East can be found on the VONNE website here. For more information about multiple and complex needs click here

North East Criminal Justice Ebulletin

You can register to receive a monthly North East Criminal Justice Ebulletin providing the latest news, events and funding information. To subscribe email


Case studies - We have produced a number of case studies showcasing the work of some of our members in the North East. These case studies include the following topics: Addressing rural crime through youth work, participatory arts and young offenders, through the gate support, and a domestic violence prevention project.

Guide to the Criminal Justice System in the North East - Download a guide to the Criminal Justice System in the North East, providing key contacts for the police, Community Rehabilitation Companies and prisons.

Mapping the North East Voluntary Sector Working in Criminal Justice - We have undertaken a mapping exercise to build a picture of the type, size and number of specialist criminal justice and community safety services being delivered by the voluntary sector in the North East.