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CSJ Email News 14 April 2010

Criminal Justice event with Chris Grayling
Mending Broken Britain, 30 March 2010

The CSJ hosted an event on the criminal justice system at the Attlee Foundation on Tuesday 30 March 2010 with Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling MP. The event was for voluntary sector groups working with offenders and their families as well as groups working with those at risk of getting involved in criminal activity.

Chris Grayling MP, Shadow Home Secretary, was joined by Iain Duncan Smith MP, CSJ Chairman; Philippa Stroud, CSJ Executive Director; and Patrick Regan, CEO of XLP, a project working into gang culture in Peckham and South East London.

The event also provided an opportunity for grassroot poverty fighting organisations to hear the latest policy updates from the CSJ, and to quiz the Shadow Home Secretary on the Conservative Party plans for the criminal justice system and vulnerable members of British society.

For pictures of the event, click here

(Photo: Chris Grayling, Shadow Home Secretary, speaking at the event)


CSJ Roadshows
Newcastle and Leeds this week

The CSJ is visiting Newcastle and Leeds this week for the final two events in the Spring CSJ Roadshow. The events have been organised to encourage voluntary sector organisations across the UK in their mission to transform Britain's broken society.

The Roadshows will provide an update on the nature of poverty and social breakdown in the UK today, an opportunity to hear from key CSJ Alliance partners tackling the root causes of poverty, and time for frontline poverty fighting organisations to build relationships with others who are transforming their city and communities.

This Thursday 15 April 2010 the CSJ will be travelling to Newcastle in the morning and then on to Leeds on Friday 16 April for a lunchtime event. Previous events this Spring were held in Bristol, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool.

CSJ Roadshow events, upcoming dates:
Newcastle, 15 April, 11.15am - 1.30pm
Leeds, 16 April, 11.45am - 2pm

Venue details and how to RSVP available at

(Photo: Chris Bullivant, CSJ Projects Director, speaking at the CSJ Roadshow in Manchester, 25 March 2010)


Northern Ireland: addictions event
Belfast, 30 March 2010

The CSJ continued to push for a vision of full recovery from addiction at an event in Northern Ireland last month. The 'Addiction in Northern Ireland' seminar at the Inverary Community Centre, Belfast on 30 March 2010, provided voluntary, community and statutory sector workers from across Northern Ireland with a presentation of our policy recommendations and an analysis of current failures in policy approach.

The event was chaired by Charlotte Pickles, CSJ Policy Director. The panel included Owen Paterson MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; Jim Weir and Brian Ingram of Forum for Action on Substance Abuse (FASA); Christian Guy, CSJ Senior Policy Specialist; and Owen O'Neill of the DHSSPSNI Public Health Agency. There were questions and answers after the presentations. The event enjoyed good regional press coverage, including BBC TV and radio.

(Photo: Owen O'Neill, of the DHSSPSNI, speaking)


Iain Duncan Smith, CSJ Chairman, and the CSJ team will be in Northern Ireland next week to provide a seminar on long-term worklessness. Iain will be joined by Dr Stephen Brien who chaired our Dynamic Benefits report and the Economic Dependency Working Group of David Cameron's Social Justice Policy Group. Owen Paterson MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland will also be on the panel, alongside Susan Russam, Executive Director, GEMS Northern Ireland and Gavin Poole, Managing Director, Centre for Social Justice.

Monday 19 April 2010, 10.45am - 12.45pm
Inverary Community Centre, Inverary Avenue, Belfast, BT4 1RN

Click here for details or to RSVP


The CSJ Alliance are hosting three seminars this month that will bring specialists from our network of grassroots poverty fighting organisations together to discuss common expertise. The events will focus on "Addiction and Homelessness", "Community Regeneration" and "Family Services".

"The CSJ Alliance members contain an incredible amount of innovation and determination to buck the trends of breakdown in their communities," Chris Bullivant, CSJ Projects Director says, "we want to bring these groups together in order that they would learn from each other and continue to feedback to us on policy development."


Family Friends is a registered charity set up in 1993 to support disadvantaged families in Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham. It is one of the latest groups to join the CSJ Alliance: the growing network of grassroots charities providing ongoing evidence to the CSJ on how best to tackle poverty in the UK.





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