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CSJ Alliance News 24 May

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP appointed Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP has been appointed Sectretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The former Chairman of the CSJ visited the CSJ team after his appointment, as pictured above, to thank the team for the work that they have done and asked the CSJ to remain honest to its cause, to encourage and challenge the current government in its approach to poverty and to ensure lessons from the grassroots continue to provoke and drive policy making.

For details on the CSJ policy report on benefit reform click here: Dynamic Benefits.

Picture: Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for the DWP, talks to CSJ staff after his appointment to the Cabinet.


CSJ Alliance Seminar and Roundtable: Addiction and homelessness

The CSJ hosted a roundtable and seminar for CSJ Alliance partners working to help the homeless and those with addiction to drugs and alcohol. The event at the City Inn Manchester on 20 April 2010 brought 40 voluntary sector leaders together to discuss the implementation of a recovery agenda and to help homelessness charities get a better understanding of holitistic addiction treatment available through the voluntary sector.

Picture: Kendra Gray, BAC O'Connor, presents at the Roundtable


CSJ Alliance Roundtable on Community Regeneration

We brought together old friends and new to the City Inn in Birmingham on 23 April to discuss community regeneration. A number of our more inspriing CSJ Alliance members have worked across sink estates to transform communities and lives. The CSJ Alliance Roundtables was an attempt to bring together charities with similar ambitions and different stages of experience together to learn from each other.

Groups include the Balsall Heath Forum, Regenerate, the Living Well Trust and the Message amongst others including the Octavia Foundation.

Picture (l-r): Dick Atkinson, Balsall Heath Forum; Clare Smith, Regenerate; Barrie Thomas, Living Well Trust; Simon Kirby 


CSJ Alliance Seminar and Roundtable on Family Services

The Family Services Roundtable and Seminar was the final in the series of the April thematic events. The roundtable and seminar on 30 April brought together 60 voluntary sector individuals engaged with helping vulnerable families.

The Roundtable's discussion, chaired by Charlie Pickles, CSJ Policy Advisor, focused on the CSJ policy proposal of Family Hubs.

The afternoon seminar with Dr Samantha Callan, CSJ Chairman in Residence, Charlie Pickles, CSJ Policy Director; Mike White from CSJ Alliance partner U Too Dads, Sue Raike from OXPIP, and Sarah Darton from Family Links, was a fast-paced tour of family policy, early years intervention and family hubs.

Picture: Sarah Darton, Family Links, presenting at the roundtable


CSJ Alliance member XLP meet Rt Hon David Cameron MP
Patrick Regan, CEO of XLP, showed David Cameron around their youth outreach bus project during the General Election campaign

David Cameron met with CSJ Alliance partner XLP during the General Election campaign. David Cameron met many of the young people the South London charity work with as they intervene to help people avoid gang culture or to get out of gangs.

To know more about XLP click here to go to their web page and to view some of the photos of the day click here to go to their Facebook photo album.

Picture: David Cameron outside the XLP bus

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