Thames Valley Partnership
“protecting victims, supporting offenders and their families”

The Thames Valley Partnership works in partnership with the statutory, private and voluntary sectors to provide long-term sustainable solutions to the problems of crime and social exclusion. We work to protect victims and reintegrate offenders. Our strength is in collaborative working and integrated approaches across sectors, particularly linking Criminal Justice services to voluntary sector and Local Authority providers.

Our broad spectrum of work includes programmes around the needs of families of offenders, work in the field of domestic abuse, support for victims, restorative justice, community cohesion, mental health issues, early interventions & initiatives around young people and arts related projects.

Find out more about the different aspects of Our Work.

News

VACANCY – Family Matters Project Worker

As a result of a successful bid to the National Lottery Community Fund, to support and develop our Family Matters Programme, we now have a vacancy for a full time  (37.5 hours a week) Project Worker.  Salary £23,000 on a fixed term contract until 31st December 2021.  This role will support the families and significant friends of people who have been imprisoned or are involved in serious offending.  Family, children and friends of those imprisoned are often the hidden victims of crime, facing multiple problems and isolated from sources of help and support. Extensive research however suggests that targeted interventions can not only improve their situation, but can also reduce the risk of intergenerational offending and help prisoners sustain positive family relationships, a key factor in their future rehabilitation.  The position can be based in the Partnership offices in Aston Sanford, Bucks HP17 8JB or may be home based, and requires travel across the Thames Valley region.

See a full Job Description and Person Specification  and Application Form

Closing date for applications: Monday 18th March at 8am

Interviews will be held on: Friday 22nd March at the Partnership offices in Aston Sandford, Haddenham, Bucks.

Would you recognise the signs of relationship abuse?

 

The Partnership is supporting the Thames Valley OPPC in their Know this isn’t Love’ campaign which is raising awareness of  coercive control within relationships.   Find out more about coercive control here.

Many people associate domestic abuse with physical violence, but coercive control  recognises the damaging impact of other forms of abuse in relationships as well. Some examples of this type of abuse include:

Isolation from friends and family
Threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse by a perpetrator that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim
Depriving someone of basic needs, such as food
Monitoring their time and activities
Taking control over aspects of their everyday life – where they can go, who they can see, what they can wear and when they can sleep
Repeatedly putting them down, such as saying ‘you’re worthless’
Humiliating, degrading or dehumanising someone
Controlling their finances
Making threats or intimidating

If you would like to learn more you can also visit the Partnership’s archive and read some interesting presentations and materials from the 2017 ‘Beyond Physical’ event which explored this topic.    

If you or someone you know is experiencing abusive or controlling behaviour in a relationship, don’t suffer in silence.

Contact Victims First on 0300 1234 148

TecSOS wins Scottish Police Excellence Award…

TecSOS team staff John, Bill and Liam with
Supt. Gordon McCreadie, Police Scotland

Congratulations to the Partnership TecSOS team – the TecSOS programme has recently been recognised by the Scottish Policing Excellence Awards, which are  held annually to celebrate the achievements of those who demonstrate their commitment to keeping people safe in their local communities through innovative policing.  TecSOS was the winner in the category of Policing Partner of the Year at the recent ceremony on Friday 1 February 2019.

Visit Police Scotland’s website and see the citation via this link  (scroll down the page)

Find out more about TecSOS …….

 

 

National Lottery Funding!!

The Partnership are delighted to announce that our Family Matters programme has been awarded a substantial three year grant of £350,854 from The National Lottery Community Fund.

This grant will enable us to further develop our work to support the families and friends of those impacted  by imprisonment across the Thames Valley.  We look forward to working with our Criminal Justice and Local Authority partners including Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company.

Affected by domestic abuse? Or worried about someone else?

Supporting PACE Aylesbury

 

Well Done Jo & Helen!

Partnership  colleagues Jo and Helen survived their 18 mile sponsored walk from Dunstable Downs to Wendover on the weekend, in aid of the PACE charity.  Between them they raised over £300 for this great charity.  PACE provides first class education, therapy and support for children aged 0-18 with cerebral palsy, related sensory motor disorders and development delay, and support and guidance for their families.

 

A Big Thank You to our Funders!

Our New Leaf programme has recently been successful in a number of bids for funding, as listed below, to support the recruitment and ongoing support and supervision of Volunteer Mentors. This is essential to retain existing Volunteers and ensure the project is able to meet the increasing demand for Mentoring (learn more about our New Leaf work here).  So,  a huge thank you to:

  • Berks Community Foundation: (£ 7652)  supporting  a pilot project of providing mentors to work with Young People engaged with the Youth Offending teams across Berkshire
  • Heart for Bucks, Kop Hill Climb Grant: (£ 4250)  and Rothschilds Foundation:  (£7500)  for support to existing and new Mentors in Bucks

The Rothschild Foundation is currently seeking a Team Assistant, based in Waddesdon, Bucks to primarily provide support to the Rothschild Foundation’s (RF) grants programmes and related activities, supporting the whole Grants Team.  All information, including how to apply by the deadline (5pm on Tuesday 12th February 2019), can be found in the attached  Job Description.

Visit our programme specific sites