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CSJ Alliance News 24 March 2010

CSJ Alliance roundtables

The CSJ Alliance will be hosting roundtables for Alliance members from across the UK in April aimed at bringing CSJ Alliance groups together. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of City Inn, we are able to host events in Birmingham, Manchester, Westminster and Leeds.

"We've met many amazing groups," Chris Bullivant, CSJ Projects Director said, "and it alway seems unfair that we get to meet them all but the groups haven't met each other. The invitation-only roundtables are to ensure that groups who have a lot of expertise to share can do so."

Please look out for invitations to our events on homelessness and addiction; family support services; community regeneration and community cohesion.

CSJ Alliance Roundtables, Confirmed dates:

Community Cohesion, 16 April 2010, Leeds
Homelessness and Addiction, 20 April 2010, Manchester
Community Regeneration, 23 April 2010, Birmingham
Family Services, 30 April 2010, Westminster

If you are intrested in attending any of these events please email Chris Bullivant at


Poverty Debate: close to 100 members!

The CSJ social networking website is getting close to having it's 100th member. Perhaps it could be you! "Poverty Debate is a great way to keep in touch with the groups we meet," CSJ Alliance Manager Zoe Briance says. "As the site grows, it will be a great way to share photos, news and ideas from groups tackling poverty from across the UK and beyond."

The CSJ also publishes a daily Poverty Bulletin on with a round up of the daily national headlines on the areas that affect your work.

Create your own profile, meet other supporters of the CSJ and share ideas with frontline poverty fighters. Click here to find out more!


CSJ Roadshows
The Centre for Social Justice is coming to a city near you

We have loved catching up with a lot of you during our spring Roadshow events. We were able to catch up with the team at 58i in Nottingham who hosted us for the lunchtime event on the 11 March that went really well. The group there do a staggering amount of work in diverse areas across the city, whilst we were also able to catch up with Noreen Oliver from BAC O'Connor who came up to speak. It was great to meet new groups who came along to the event and chat over the Marks and Spencer sandwich platters at the end of the event.

After a quick train ride to Birmingham we were also able to meet up with Jackie Medler from the Bridge in Birmingham, Jason Sylvester from Young Disciples and Mary Alice Martin from Betel who hosted the Birmingham Roadshow. We've been really encouraged by the responses from guests who've described the presentations from other voluntary groups as "inspirational" and encouraged to meet other poverty fighters from the same city.

We are just getting ready to visit Manchester and Liverpool tomorrow so hope to see a number of you there!

CSJ Roadshow events, confirmed dates:

Manchester, 25 March, 12 noon – 2pm
Liverpool, 25 March, 5.30pm - 7.15pm

Newcastle, 15 April, 11.15am – 1.30pm
Leeds, 16 April, 11.45am - 2pm

More details available at


CSJ Awards 2010 Shortlist

It is that time of year where we announce the CSJ Awards shortlist. Over 450 groups applied for the CSJ Awards this year which gave the team difficult task of selecting just 17 for a shortlist.

Now that the final 17 have been picked, Zoe Briance, CSJ Awards and Alliance Manager, is spending the next two weeks visiting each shortlisted project compiling briefings on each for the judging panel who meet next month. The final winners will each receive a prize of £10,000.

The shortlisted groups are:

  • 58i
  • Beyond the Gate
  • Bolton Lads and Girls Club
  • Caring for Ex-Offenders 
  • Eden Openshaw  
  • Family Links
  • Findlay Family Network
  • Frontiers
  • IntoUniversity
  • The Ley Community
  • MAPS
  • Music and Change
  • Reflex  
  • Refugee Therapy Centre
  • School-Home Support
  • Storybook Dads
  • Whitechapel Mission

More details of the shortlisted organisations and the CSJ Awards available at
With thanks to everyone who applied. We trust you'll stay in touch!

Photo: Charlie Pickles, CSJ Policy Director who visited many effective gang projects in the UK and the US whilst authoring our gangs report, views CSJ Awards applications during the marathon shortlisting sessions earlier this month.


Addiction in Northern Ireland
30 March 2010

The CSJ team are in Belfast next week hosting an event looking at addiction policy. It is part of our extensive visits to Northern Ireland in the past four months meeting voluntary sector groups, charities and politicians as we prepare our Breakthrough Northern Ireland report.

Speakers at next week's event include Owen Patterson MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. To find our more and to attend click here.


New CSJ Alliance members 

Zoe Briance, CSJ Alliance and Awards Manager, visited a number of project in the last month and we are delighted to introduce you to the following CSJ Alliance members.

Refugee Therapy Centre, Islington, London
This is one of, if not the only, 'refugee for refugee' centres in London. It uses and trains refugees to counsel and help integrate asylum seekers, refugees and recent immigrants who are struggling with mental health issues.  It operates in Islington and Highbury, but is so successful and unique in its personal, tailored handling of individuals' problems that people turn up on their doorstep from much further afield.

Family Friends, Ladbroke Grove
A truly grassroots family mentoring and befriending service, started 15 years ago, which looks after 100 vulnerable families each year. They source, rigorously vet and train local volunteers to visit and mentor local families where one or more members of the family is struggling. Families are offered either parent-focused mentoring or child-focused mentoring, and Family Friends takes a very personal approach to connecting the right mentor with the right family.

Octavia Foundation, Ladbroke Grove, W10

A charity developing a strong community in partnership with a long-established Octavia Housing Association, which owns 4,500 homes in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. They have four focuses: older and vulnerable people, young people, training and education, and financial inclusion.  


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