Clinks have launched a grant programme to support voluntary organisations working in criminal justice with an annual income under £500,000 to continue their work through the Covid-19 crisis.
On behalf of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Clinks are able to distribute £275,000 for the provision of infrastructure support for small and medium sized voluntary organisations.
Grants are intended for organisations already providing support, or who have a track record of doing so, in prisons, in the community and through-the-gate.
This fund is intended to be open for 6 months, dependent on funds remaining. Organisations will usually have a decision made on their application within ten days if all information required is provided.
Early release scheme
Clinks have also published details of the government’s plan and guidance for releasing some prisoners early in order to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on prisoners and staff.
On 4 April it was announced that early release would be focused on two groups:
- Pregnant prisoners who do not pose a high risk of harm to the public would be temporarily released from prison to protect them and their unborn children from coronavirus.
- All prisoners who are within two months of their release date and are also assessed as low risk would be temporarily released from jail.Read more here.
Details of the equivalent scheme for children and young people have been released also. Read more here.
Supporting children with a parent in prison
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Children Heard and Seen – a charity that supports families with a parent in prison – is offering online support for families during lockdown, helping them to stay connected. This has included cooking classes, family fitness sessions, and online discussions with other families affected by parental imprisonment. One-to-one support is also available. Children Heard and Seen is encouraging parents to get in touch and take advantage of their services at this difficult time. Find out more at https://childrenheardandseen.co.uk/