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Our Campaign

Sophie O'Sullivan, about 3 years ago

The Exceptionals is a campaign for social change.

We inspire and inform employers about the opportunity available to them in terms of working with people who have convictions.

A brilliant organisation really driving companies to employ ex-offenders.

-Rick Mower, Managing Director, RAW

Employment is one of the single most important factors in reducing reoffending. Reoffending drops from over 50% to 19% when former prisoners are employed within 2 years from release.

It is vital to support forward-thinking businesses who employ the best talent, irrespective of background, to suit their business needs.

We would like to say thank you to Sophie at The Exceptionals for driving home our wider reason for being and helping us get connected to more media companies that wish to create opportunities for ex-offenders and addiction recovery communities!

-Jason Baker, Founder and CEO, Citrus Ornge

How can we help your business?

Be inspired by over 170 success stories on our blog and 16 employer films showcasing forward-thinking businesses who have successfully recruited from this talent pool. Join our growing online community. Tune into our socials to keep up-to-date with the latest employer events.

Stay informed by browsing the knowledge section of our website. Download our free employer pack to help you get started. We can guide you based on your business needs.

Most employers will hire prison leavers if supported to do so. Our directory connects businesses, across industries and of all sizes, with leading organisations who provide training, recruitment and ongoing support.

Celebrate your success and share with other employers, to help them see the potential in this community.

We're proud to be working with ex-offenders and want to share the benefits with other employers to support more people into employment. Thank you to The Exceptionals for a celebrating the work we have done over the last 12 months.

-Lisa Crawford, Head of HR, HSS Hire

You might be an employer at the initial stage, inspired and looking at what steps you can take to make it happen. You might wish to dip your toes in a mentoring initiative or creative project and wonder who the best local partners are.

Perhaps you are the first marketing agency or insurance broker in your area to offer former prisoners work. You might wonder how the process works in your sector, outside of expected routes such as construction and catering.

Or you might be an employer who has successfully recruited from this talent pool and you wish to expand, share knowledge and celebrate your work as an example of best practice.

We support employers every step of the way.

Please do get in touch to find out more!

We are really pleased to have collaborated with The Exceptionals, who inspire employers to hire people with convictions.

-Hannah Wade, Fundraising Manager, Belong