Eastside Primetimers has teamed up with Clinks, the membership body representing 1,700 justice sector charities, in order to help their members mobilise effectively for the government’s new probation programme.
Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service is now commissioning rehabilitative and resettlement services for the future probation model, through a new probation Dynamic Framework. Worth up to £100m of contract delivery annually, the framework is the main opportunity for voluntary organisations of all sizes to deliver services alongside the future probation system. The commissioning programme will run through 2020, with new contracts due to start in June 2021.
“I am delighted that we’ll be working with Clinks members. Drawing on many years of experience with consortia development, we will be working hard to support justice organisations to build high quality and competitive partnerships for the new probation contracts”, Eastside Primetimers CEO Richard Litchfield has said.
Support from Eastside Primetimers will initially focus on delivering regional events for Clinks members exploring the opportunities around the Dynamic Framework, and how best to build partnerships for contract lots such as accommodations services, Employment, training, education, Personal Wellbeing and women’s services. These events will run between July 1st and July 8th in eight different regions – Clinks members can sign up through the Clinks site.
Eastside Primetimers’ group of consultants will also be on hand throughout the commissioning process to offer bid development support, including advice on service design, financial modelling, HR and TUPE, and IT security.
As Clinks Director of Influence and Communications Jess Mullen notes, lessons appear to have been learnt from the previous Transforming Rehabilitation programme. The Dynamic Framework has a “number of supply chain protections”, as well as maintaining “Police and Crime Commissioner-level contract lots for at least some of the service areas, including those where some of the smallest and most specialist organisations in the sector operate.” This potentially offers voluntary sector organisations more opportunity to engage productively this time around.