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.
Please see below the job description for an exciting Senior Practitioner – Restorative Justice vacancy which has arisen as a result of our successful PCC grant in Thames Valley. This is a great opportunity to work for an RSQM-accredited RJ service which has a national and international reputation for high quality RJ work, development and evaluation.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Wednesday 10th September with interviews being held on Wednesday 24th September 2014.
The job description is here.
We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in receiving a grant from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Thames Valley to extend our victim-initiated delivery of restorative justice services across Thames Valley. Working collaboratively with Victim Support, this grant allows us to build on a successful pre-sentence pilot we ran last year through the Ministry of Justice and to further develop our RJ work which starts from the victim’s point of view.
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.
June the 16th was both a sad and happy day for the Partnership….. We said goodbye to Cecilia Fry, who has been Treasurer on our Board of Trustees for the last five years, during which time she has offered tireless support and guidance, set up new financial systems and seen us through many successful annual audits! We will miss her terribly but are pleased she will now be able to take a well earned rest as well as discovering new challenges for her many talents! On a happier note we are delighted to welcome James Robinson who joins us as the new Treasurer – James brings with him considerable expertise and we look forward to working with him going forward.
We are pleased to announce that our next Arts project, Modelling Change, has now successfully received funding from Amey Plc, Arts Council England South East and Artswork. This project will enable us to work creatively with girls in the Oxfordshire region aged between 16-19.
Modelling Change aims to use 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 will lead a mix of arts based activities and workshops which have been 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.
The past year has seen the Partnership gain major recognition for the quality of its work, particularly around RJ, mentoring services and the TecSOS programme which works to support the victims of domestic violence.
Earlier this year Restorative Justice trailblazers Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) were delighted to announce that they are one of the first organisations in the UK to receive the Restorative Justice Council’s Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).
” TVRJS has shown throughout this assessment that their restorative values, ethos and practice is upheld and is delivered to consistently high standards and they deserve their reputation as being a market leader of RJ Services in the UK and Europe “
Quote from the Restorative Justice Council (RJC) assessor for the RSQM
Also in 2014, following an assessment by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, New Leaf was awarded their Approved Provider Standard quality mark. The APS logo is a national quality standard mark which is recognised by funders and commissioners as evidence of safe and competent practice. For a project such as New Leaf, it is the equivalent of an Oscar!
Prior to this, in 2013, The TecSOS project was awarded ACPO Secured By Design status. Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and acknowledges quality security products and crime prevention projects. SPD is an internationally renowned organisation and held in high regard by all those within policing and local government. This licence, which runs for 3 years, entitles the use of the SPD logo on all promotional material and promotes the term ‘Police Preferred Specification’ in relation to the project.
A Partnership event on 20th March, to showcase the work of the Family Matters project over the past three years by disseminating findings from the Evaluation of the newly established Court Desk service, attracted key leads from the Criminal Justice agencies and Children’s and Family Support services. The overall atmosphere at the event was extremely positive with all delegates being very engaged with the agenda and much lively discussion and interaction.
A selection of presentations from the event and a copy of the Evaluation can be found in our events archive here