In this series of blogs from CLINKS you can read detailed accounts of the experience of voluntary organisations working in criminal justice, focusing on the needs of their service users, their service delivery and their funding situation. The information has been edited from a selection of in-depth interviews that were conducted as part of our data collection for the state of the sector work.

1, The first in the series discusses the challenges of working in an underfunded criminal justice system, and how voluntary organisations can continue to grow and provide support.

2. The second talks of being a small specialist organisation in the changing political landscape and the new ways of working they've had to implement this year.

Read the blogs here

3. This is the third in a series of guest blogs which feature detailed accounts of the experience of voluntary organisations working in criminal justice, focusing on the needs of their service users, their service delivery and their funding situation.

In this blog, the writer talks about the difficulties in accessing funding as a specialist organisation over the last few years, and how that has changed the way they engage with their service users.

 'There are good services already operating and demonstrating really positive outcomes, and we need to ensure that commissioners recognise that if there isn’t investment into that preventative element, it will cost them and the wider economy far more in the long run.' Read the full blog here