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Free support for BAME-led and specialist organisations working with the CJS

Are you a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) led/specialist organisations working with, or interested in working with, people, and their families, in contact with the criminal justice system? 

BTEG has been working to challenge the disproportionate over representation and poorer outcomes experienced by BAME groups and Muslims in the criminal justice system for over 10 years. A range of reports and reviews over the years including the Lammy Review, the Young Review and the State of the Sector reports have emphasised the challenges and barriers facing BAME communities in contact with the CJS but also the difficulty for community based, BAME-led or specialist organisations to engage with commissioning opportunities. This is despite significant community-based engagement and projects on preventative work, through the gate initiatives, rehabilitation of offenders or advocacy during remand and sentencing.  

Clinks, in partnership with BTEG and Eastside Primetimers, is offering eligible organisations a package of free support including up to five days of free tailored consultancy support that includes helping you identify and overcome any potential barriers to engaging with the new probation arrangements and with other statutory partners 

The 1-2-1 consultancy support will also aim to help develop your organisation’s: 

  • Partnership/consortia development
  • Contract and compliance requirements 
  • Service design/criminal justice subject matter expertise 
  • Fundraising/bid-writing 
  • Tendering processes 
  • Financial management  
  • Human Resources 
  • Monitoring and evaluation 

Each organisation will also be able to access: 

  • A dedicated coach 
  • A series of theme-based workshops
  • Networking opportunities through action learning  
  • Participation in BAME specific user focus groups   

To be eligible to apply. you: 

  • Must be a voluntary organisation (registered charity or incorporated social enterprise) operating in England and Wales
  • Have an annual income does not exceeding £250, 000 
  • Are a BAME-led or BAME-specialist organisation.  

To apply for this opportunity click here to complete an Expression of Interest form 

The closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is 27th January 2021 

This project has been made possible by funding from the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service.  


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