The state of the sector 2017

“If the wings aren’t open, we can’t work. If people are locked out, we can’t work. If people are suffering from mental health challenges and can’t get out of their cells, then we can’t work.” – Interviewee

Clinks’ state of the sector report presents the best information available on voluntary organisations working in criminal justice and shines a light on what support organisations need to enable them to thrive.

During continued political change, voluntary organisations remain resilient and innovative but the safety net is shrinking and the people our sector supports are finding it harder to access the help they need. Voluntary organisations play an essential role in people’s lives, but the challenges they experience are significant and ignoring them is not an option.

The report looks at the results from a survey of over 200 voluntary organisations working in criminal justice, the financial analysis of 752 charities and 220 companies (social enterprises and community interest companies) and 10 in-depth interviews. This year Clinks worked with NCVO to develop its methodology.

You can download the full report here and read three blogs taken from in-depth interviews conducted during the research.