2020 Criminal Justice National Programme Funding!

A huge Thank You to Lloyds Bank Foundation for
England and Wales!

We’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded over £200K in funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales to help us make a positive impact on policy and practice in the criminal justice system.


This funding will enable the Partnership to run a specific piece of work over three years – testing out ways in which specialist charities can build capacity and come together to better support criminal justice agencies in their efforts to reduce reoffending and strengthen communities. To support this exciting new project we are looking to recruit for a brand new post of Strategic Network Manager.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has awarded funding to our charity for a number of years and we are thrilled to be selected to receive this particular funding, along with 16 other specialist charities and partnerships as part of its new 2020 Criminal Justice National Programme.

The criminal justice system is currently under extreme pressure, facing staff shortages, dangerous levels of overcrowding, assaults and self-harm at record levels, the part-privatisation of probation having comprehensively failed and high rates of reoffending.

Small specialist charities like ours have had huge success in tackling reoffending, helping people turn their lives around and preventing people from falling into a cycle of crime. Yet, despite this expertise and track record the Partnership and other specialist charities are still not properly involved in how prisons and the probation service are funded and organised. At the start of this new Government and Parliament there is a clear need and chance to make changes to reform and improve the system.

The Foundation’s programme is supporting the specialist voluntary sector to gather evidence, speak up and use their expertise and understanding to help influence policy and practice across the new probation and wider criminal justice system. Charities funded through the programme are seeking to:

• make the case for better alternatives to prison, by intervening earlier to prevent crime and reduce the number of people going to prison;
• improve how groups disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system are treated, such as BAME prisoners, young people and women;
• improve how the prison and probation service work, in particular by ensuring that specialist and small charities are properly involved and funded.

NOTE: We are still accepting applications for the new Strategic Network Manager post until 5pm on 29th January  !! See full details on our Jobs page here 

A new Chief Executive for the Partnership!

Nikki Ross (left) and outgoing Director, Patsy Townsend – passing over the helm and the office keys!

The Partnership, celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. Established in 1993, we work across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire delivering a range of support services to those affected by crime or abuse – both victims and offenders and their families – and offering practical and emotional support, crisis intervention, advocacy and mentoring.

2019 is set to be yet another significant year for the Partnership – with the arrival on 2nd September,  of a new Chief Executive Officer, Nikki Ross, who takes up the helm from retiring Director Patsy Townsend, who leaves in September after 21 years.

Nikki is no stranger to criminal justice having served in Thames Valley Police for 35 years, most recently Assistant Chief Constable Local Policing, and therefore brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge which will be invaluable. Regarding her new role Nikki commented

” I am delighted to have been appointed as the new CEO for the Partnership. It was important for me to continue to work within the criminal justice system and to continue to be able to support victims and the vulnerable. I have witnessed first-hand over the years the incredible work of the Partnership under the leadership of Patsy Townsend and although she will be a hard act to follow, I hope to do the role justice and continue to develop the relationships with partners and communities. The Partnership is a great team with everyone dedicated to helping others through a variety of programmes of work – an excellent charity to be involved with.”

The Partnership presently delivers six programmes in total, several through trained volunteers, and has earned for itself an enviable reputation and a suite of accreditations for its quality training and service delivery. The restorative justice programme (TVRJS), support for victims of exploitation, human trafficking and modern day slavery (VF Willow Project) and the Victims First Emotional Support Service are currently funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Thames Valley. Other programmes include New Leaf, which offers a through-the-gate mentoring programme for prisoners on their release back into the community, Family Matters which supports troubled families and those affected by the imprisonment of a family member or loved one, and TecSOS which supports victims of domestic abuse.

Could you be one of our new Trustees on the Board?

With nearly 60 staff and approximately 80 volunteers, a solid Trustee framework is essential to underpin and inform our work and our Trustees currently bring together considerable experience from criminal justice, local government, the corporate and voluntary sectors. We now have a number of Trustee vacancies we wish to fill, to complement our existing Board and guide our successful and growing organisation into the next phase of development. We therefore seek :

• A Treasurer (the current Treasurer is still in post so a handover would be possible)

• A Marketing Trustee (a skillset currently under-represented on the Board)

• As well as General Trustees to expand the knowledge base and help strengthen the Board overall

If you have a passion and commitment to support a value-driven organisation, strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort we would be delighted to hear from you. Any travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed but please note this is a voluntary and unpaid post.


Application Process: Please email covering letter expressing your interest, with a resume of your skills and experience to admin@thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk by Sunday 2nd August.  Interested parties will then be offered the opportunity of a virtual meeting with the Partnership CEO and key Board members in August (and informal slots for discussion can also be arranged).

Note: you will need to be able to deal with all information on a confidential basis and understand data protection requirements. You will also have entitlement to work in the UK.

Supporting our programme with the Arts

We have supported our Family Matters programme and have worked in Aylesbury Young Offender Institution, Reading Prison and in the community.

Our work in Reading supported Ballads of Reading Jail – a project managed by Company Paradiso Productions in partnership with BBC Radio Berkshire, and culminating in a week of broadcasts on BBC Radio Berkshire during April 2009. The project’s aims were to help reduce re-offending through reflection and creativity, and to profile the young writers as young people struggling to understand their own lives and move forward positively.  This piece of work has recently won a Gold Award in the Community section of the Sony Radio Awards. 

During 2010 we also supported Company Paradiso with their second radio project, looking at mental health issues.  Entitled “Warning may contains nuts”, this work used words and lyrics to look at issues surrounding mental health and provided participants with a platform for performance and publication.  Hear some podcasts from this piece of work.

VACANCIES: Outreach and Inclusion Workers

Salary £23,369                     F/T  37.5 hours p.w.           Fixed contract until July 2022

We now have vacancies for three Outreach and Inclusion Workers (working with our Oxon, Berks and Bucks delivery teams) as part of our  Victims First Specialist Service (delivered in partnership by  Thames Valley Partnership, Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) and Trust House Reading.    VFSS supports adult victims of crime with complex practical and emotional needs – many of those referred to us will have experienced sexual violence or criminal exploitation including modern slavery. We provide holistic, trauma focussed support from a team with a variety of specialist skills in supporting service users.  The new roles will specifically support  BAMER communities to improve their experiences of accessing and receiving support if they are affected by sexual violence and/or other abuse.    The post holders will be contracted to one of the three partner agencies.

There will be an expectation of an ISVA qualification – or a willingness and interest to work towards this. You will manage a caseload of potentially complex cases, providing prevention, intervention, emotional and practical support (including crisis support) and will help to identify and engage with these individuals on a one-to-one basis, enabling them to access services and make positive, empowering choices to change their lives.   You will need to work with your own team and other agencies to risk assess cases and create Safety Plans to manage the safety & needs of service users. A knowledge of the full range of civil, criminal and other practical support options available, and the role of an independent advisor within them is necessary.   You will need compassion, empathy, sensitivity and an ability to work collaboratively.  You will also have sound organising and problem solving skills and flexibility around working hours when necessary.

The role will operate from offices in Reading, Oxford, MK or Aston Sandford – however you will not necessarily be expected to be office based as the work is hands on and will entail being out and about in your given  area dealing with service users, as well as occasional travel across the Thames Valley.  These are full time roles although job share and flexible working may be available on request.

Outreach and Inclusion Worker JD (Sep 2020)
Application Form

Closing date for applications:    Friday 30th October 2020 at 5pm

Interviews will be held  on:    5th and 6th November 2020

Please email completed application forms, with a copy of your CV and a covering email to bron@thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk

Thames Valley Partnership, OSARCC and Trust House are equal opportunities employers; the aim of our policy is to ensure no job applicant, employee or worker is discriminated against either directly or indirectly on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age or disability.  We do not disbar applicants with criminal convictions and are mindful of the requirements of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974

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