Meet the Scholars of 2016

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Richard GoodFreelance Public Affairs and Policy Consultant

Richard’s StreetCraft idea was to set up a new social enterprise-based model that gives people in prison real work, applicable skills and an employment history before their release. Richard participated in the Young Foundation’s Accelerator programme in Belfast to develop his idea and is in talks with the prison service about taking his idea forward.

“By applying to StreetCraft you’re committing to moving beyond an idea. The StreetCraft process forces people to act on ideas rather than just talk about them.  Added to that, the broader network that comes with the programme is critical.  I went from feeling like a lonely pioneer to someone who is now working with others who have similar ideas and experiences.”

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Rebecca Marshall Pathway Coordinator for Integrated Offender Management at Avon & Somerset Police

Rebecca is responsible for developing and improving access to support services for offenders. As part of her Scholarship, Rebecca worked with Clinks to develop a diversion scheme for first time women offenders in rural Somerset moving them away from the criminal justice system into women-only services by develop her partnership work and knowledge of commissioning.

“My project has really taken off. Since being on the Scholarship I’ve made significant progress turning my seed of an idea into a reality. It has quickly turned into a plant and grown rapidly. I’ve already started implementing my business plan and the response from the partners has been enthusiastic.”

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Sara RadfordCo-ordinator for Avon & Wiltshire, Circles South West

Sara’s StreetCraft project was to develop a UK pilot programme to prevent unconvicted adults acting on their sexual attraction to children. Sara hopes to replicate the German Prevention Project Dunkelfeld (PPD), which offers support and guidance to adults who acknowledge the issue and help them understand and manage their thoughts and behaviour. Supported by Young Foundation’s Accelerator in Leeds, Sara has now managed to secure funding for further research.

“The StreetCraft Scholarship Accelerator Programme has been an enabling journey, fuelled by accessible knowledge and experience from Centre for Justice Innovation, Young Foundation and previous scholars – all of which has helped me refine my proposal and instilled confidence to tackle the obstacles that innovation inevitably faces.”

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Jade Theaker IOM Cymru Women’s Pathfinder Project Support Officer, National Probation Service

Jade wanted to develop a single assessment and referral route for women who come into contact with the criminal justice system in Wales.Through her experience Jade has seen women who come into the system being assessed and referred multiple times. As part of her Scholarship with Clinks, Jade has developed a single assessment form for future referrals.

The Streetcraft Scholarship provided me with one on one consultancy support with Clinks who were brilliant! I used their feedback in developing our assessment form which we will launch this year and their options for raising the profile of this idea and help with links to the third sector have been useful”

Meet the Scholars of 2015

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Lisa Rowles | Programme Design and Development Lead at violence reduction charity, Khulisa.

Lisa worked with Clinks to develop a practical vision for a prison regime rooted in restorative justice principles, a radical reshaping of the ethos behind imprisonment. She has been in talks with two prisons who are keen to try restorative justice principles. In a few years’ time, Lisa hopes to see some prisons in the UK piloting this approach.

“Having a name and brand like StreetCraft gives you the confidence to approach people and helps you to be bolder about the possibility of your idea and to see if it’s doable. It’s also helped with having a structure – there is nothing quite like having a date in the diary which forces you into action. I have been talking to a couple of prisons and the speed with which we arrived to that point has certainly been facilitated by the scholarship.  There are two prisons who are very keen to go ahead and see if it’s possible to try restorative justice.”

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Leroy JohnsonDJ and entrepreneur, In Sync

Through the StreetCraft Scholarship, Leroy has set up a social enterprise that offers employability support and music production skills for young ex-offenders. The project gives job training and will also provide apprenticeships to young people involved in the criminal justice system.

“I learnt so much about social funding. Being exposed to crowdfunding methods helped immensely. I got the opportunity to explain my story, most companies don’t get to do that. If there was no StreetCraft Scholarship I’d be back to square one with no contacts, no crowdfunding ideas and knocking on Job Centre and council doors looking for grants. It’s given my project a lot of exposure and everyone who’s seen or heard about it has a lot of faith in it. Getting some press was also very useful to help build up our profile locally, that probably would not have happened without the Scholarship.”

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Alex CrispMental Health Partnership Manager, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Leicestershire

Alex’s StreetCraft idea was to train police and nurses in joint working practices around mental health to help build up expertise to respond to potential mental health-related police incidents. Alex was supported by Clinks to develop Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for all officers and front-line health professionals in Leicestershire. Alex now leads the work for Leicestershire PCC.

“StreetCraft gave me an introduction to the world of commissioning, developing theory of change, how to formulate a business case, and how to quantify social value. The mentoring gave me opportunity to define ideas and discuss the model I’ve had. The business case now has a theory of change, evaluation costs, academic references, research and examples of existing best practices locally. We are going to the commissioner to get something up and running this year. I would absolutely recommend StreetCraft Scholarships to people who are interested.”

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Roger Blackman  | Chief Executive, The Reasons Why Foundation

Roger Blackman runs a social enterprise which supports young people at risk of offending and those coming out of custody. The Reasons Why Foundation uses a mentoring model to help their clients maximise their skills and resources in their journey away from crime. Roger participated in the Young Foundation’s Accelerator programme to strengthen the mentoring programme to incorporate counselling techniques for practitioners to further help ex-offenders.

“StreetCraft helped me learn to articulate my message. It distilled down the purpose of my programme and articulate it more meaningfully and precisely. It also helped me make connections and network with the relevant people. During the StreetCraft induction, we met funders who gave us information we wouldn’t have access to as an applicant. My funding access has increased manifold due to these meetings.”