For the past 30 years, Cranfield Trust has been providing free management support to organisations and we are funding opportunities for our grantees to access this support.
Women in Prison
Women in contact with the criminal justice system face multiple disadvantages and inequalities but services supporting them are often the same as those designed to support men. The need for women to be supported differently and to be able to access this support in safe spaces specifically for women is becoming more widely recognised across the sector and in government. However, funding to deliver these kind of services is not being prioritised.
Women’s Centres are seen as being an ideal solution to this issue and those already working with female offenders see significant positive outcomes for women and significant cost savings. There is a growing group of women’s organisations advocating for the expansion of Women’s Centres but their voices need to be amplified.
Triangle Trust funding will enable Women in Prison to provide the support needed to develop the current coalition of stakeholders into a more formal Federation of Women’s Centres and grow the number of members. A grant of £50,000 has been awarded over 12 months.
A growing number of children are entering kinship care arrangements and whilst there is a growing awareness of kinship care in local and national government there is an increasing urgency to improve the situation for kinship carers.
Whilst kinship care is usually a more positive alternative for children and young people who are unable to remain in the care of their birth parents, as a group kinship carer families are extremely vulnerable. Carers are older, over 60% of kinship carers are over 55, and the majority are grandparents. They are also poorer, 76% of kinship care children live in deprived households and kinship carers are also in worse health than any other group raising children.
Kinship carers often feel invisible and taken for granted but have traditionally been a group who are keen to speak out and raise awareness of the issues that affect them. Kinship intends to utilise this and the strong networks of kinship carers tat exist in the North East of England and develop a powerful network of campaigners. They will be supported to come together to influence a step change in kinship care awareness and support at local and national level. This will be used as a model to roll out to other groups of kinship carers across England to drive both local change and influence national agendas such as the adoption of a Kinship Care Bill.
A grant of £50,000 was awarded over 12 months to employ a Campaigns and Engagement Officer.