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.
The Family Matters project has been successful in an application for funding from Buckinghamshire County Council’s Families First team. Families First is Buckinghamshire’s approach to the national ‘Troubled Families’ programme and focusses on providing intensive support to families affected by a range of issues including worklessness, poor school attendance and criminal involvement. This funding will enhance our work in Buckinghamshire by providing a range of services to enable the families of offenders to be better supported. Please contact Saj for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Modelling Change uses the creative arts to engage and empower girls aged 16 to 19 in the Oxfordshire area, through the agencies and organisations that support them. Skilled artist facilitators lead a mix of arts based activities and workshops on a weekly basis. Engaging with creative activity has shown to have a positive impact on self esteem and self image, ultimately promoting an inner strength that armours participants against the advances of potentially manipulative people and steers them towards more positive life decisions.
Participants are currently working towards gaining their Bronze Level Arts Award as well as making pieces for exhibiting at ‘Womanity’ at Modern Art Oxford on Sunday March 8th. (event info here)
Find out more about Modelling Change and our other Arts initiatives here
The staff and Board of Trustees of Thames Valley Partnership welcome the Government’s recent announcement that MTCnovo is the preferred bidder for the Community Rehabilitation Companies for London and Thames Valley. We have agreed in principle to be a partner in a Joint Venture with MTCnovo and to take a non-profit sharing seat on the MTCnovo Board; to work with the other Directors in providing strategic guidance, principled leadership and a professional sense of direction to the JV. The role in the JV will be entirely separate from any commercial arrangements that we may or may not enter into for the provision of services for the CRCs.
The Partnership is determined through this opportunity to bring its long-established experience as a charity operating in the Criminal Justice field to influence the management and delivery of services for offenders in London and the Thames Valley; equally we are committed to safeguarding our charitable objects and to retaining our values and driving principles for social justice.
We have deeply felt respect for our colleagues in the former Thames Valley Probation Trust who have supported our work over many years and have had considerable success in effectively managing and turning around the lives of many offenders.
We look forward to new opportunities, new ways of working and developing new partnerships.
Patsy Townsend, Director, Thames Valley Partnership on behalf of the Board of Trustees, November 2014
Read the MTCnovo press release
On Tuesday 21st October about 50 people gathered in a Committee Room at the House of Lords to listen to speakers and debate issues around women in the criminal justice system and how the arts can have an impact on bringing about change in their lives. Click here to learn more about this event and our arts projects in general
The Partnership was one of only 4 Buckinghamshire charities to be invited to attend and display their work at the Bucks Foundation Annual Supporters Event held on the 6th October at the Dairy, Waddesdon Manor. The 4 charities competed for £1000 voted for on the evening by over 80 attendees. Sadly we did not win; the prize went to another deserving local charity, Lindengate who use nature and horticulture to support those with mental health issues.
Nevertheless, we were fortunate to secure a £250 cheque awarded by Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, on behalf of the supporters of the Bucks Community Foundation.
We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in not one but two recent bids for further funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Thames Valley. One grant will allow us to further extend our victim-initiated and pre-sentence delivery of restorative justice services across Thames Valley. The second grant will enable the Partnership to lead a consortium of agencies; Circles of Support South East, Escaping Victimhood, Victim Support and Refugee Resource – to provide support and counselling for victims of trauma and serious crime.
Click here for further information about our work in this field.
We were delighted that our Chair of the Board of Trustees, Lord Blair was personally able to support the Families Left Behind campaign at the Lords on 30th June – when the second reading of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill took place.
Lord Blair spoke for approximately 10 mins in all – during which time, amongst other topics raised, he highlighted the lack of support for prisoners’ families, and particularly for the children. A copy of the extract can be found in our recent Newsletter July 2014 which also includes other Partnership news from the last 6 months. We hope you enjoy reading.
Did you know you can support our work … and it won’t cost you a penny! Join thousands who already support their favourite cause through sign up to the Give as you Live online shopping scheme. Give as you Live have agreed to donate a commission to the Partnership every time you make an online purchase at one of the participating retailers (which include all the big names such as Tesco, Next, Amazon, John Lewis, Expedia and hundreds more). The customer pays nothing more and simply shops online in the same way.
It is a simple process to join up and install the Give as you Live shopping browser on your computer – thereafter everything else is more or less automated every time you shop – it’s quick and easy.
So before you click online to book your summer holiday, buy groceries or school uniforms please consider signing up via our dedicated page or check out the explanatory video first and find out more. Thank You.