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3 Pillars Project

Sector: Sport and Fitness
Offer: Education, Creative Enrichment, Mentoring and Coaching
07754 820 822 Website

3 Pillars Project works within the criminal justice system to provide positive role models through rugby coaching courses. Using excellence in sport and military leadership, we focus on the three pillars of exercise, education and ethos as a foundation for effective rehabilitation. Our community offers long-term support to all course graduates and is committed to empowering individuals' potential to make a positive contribution to society in the future, regardless of their past.

Blue Sky

Sector: Commercial Contracts - Refuse + Ground Maintenance
01895 839 848 Website

Blue Sky is a social enterprise with a difference - it only employs ex-offenders. Offering a proper job with a proper company, it aims to break the cycle of re-offending and challenge perceptions about ex-offenders, achieving real and long-term benefits for society. In addition to commercial work opportunities it also provides training and support inside prisons, preparing inmates for the workplace.

Bounce Back

London
Sector: Construction
Offer: Recruitment, Training
020 7735 1256 Website

Bounce Back works in several prisons, as well as with London Probation, to offer training, working experience and employment to offenders at the end of their sentences using the skills developed both in custody and on release. Their training centres provide courses in painting and decorating, dry walling, and scaffolding.

Business in the Community

Sector: Public sector
Offer: Recruitment
020 7566 8650 Website

Business in the community is a business-led charity with more than 30 years' experience of mobilising business. Through their programmes they engage thousands of businesses with a core membership of more than 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations.

Clean Sheet

Sector: Public sector
Offer: Employment Preparation, Personal Support (Addiction, Mental Health, Housing and Debt Advice), Mentoring and Coaching
01234 567 890 Website

Clean Sheet is a Christian charity - empowering local churches and employers to support prisoners and ex-offenders into the world of work by offering a unique 3-Step Pathway from prison to employment.

Freedom Bakery

Sector: Bakery
01234 567 890 Website

Freedom Bakery is a social enterprise artisan bakery based at HMP Low Moss near Glasgow, which trains and develops the skills of a small team of people in custody who learn on the job.

Hire Hand

Sector: Bakery
Website

Pop Up staff for Pop Up Traders. Hire hand is a recruitment app that ranks and allocates workers, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds to employers who need them by the hour or the day.

Luminary Bakery

London
Sector: Bakery
Offer: Training, Employment Preparation, Personal Support (Addiction, Mental Health, Housing and Debt Advice)
02076869779 Website

Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise designed to deliver opportunities to help women to build a future for themselves. They provide a safe and professional environment where women can grow hollistically- encouraging ambition, restoration and second chances.

Nacro

London
Sector: Education, Training and Employment Services
Offer: Employment Preparation, Personal Support (Addiction, Mental Health, Housing and Debt Advice)
0300 123 1889 Website

Nacro is focused on helping people in custody and the community to reintegrate into society, helping housing, mental health and substance misuse issues. They support people to overcome barriers presented by their criminal records and to move on from previous mistakes.


Novus

Manchester
Sector: Education, Training and Employment Services
Offer: Training
03333 222 888 Website

For over two decades, Novus has been delivering education, training and employment opportunities to adults and young people in UK prisons. They aim to improve lives and economic success, as well as reduce reoffending rates, through learning and skills-training. They provide interventions that reduce reoffending and divert people from criminal behaviour, allowing them to make a positive contribution to society.

Offploy

Sector: Recruitment
Offer: Employment Preparation
01134 575 202 Website

Offploy CIC is specialist ex-offender recruitment agency with a twist- they not only reinvest their profits back in to supporting their client organisations to become ex-offender friendly but they also reinvest in mentoring all of their candidates in to meaningful and sustainable employment.

Only Connect

London
Sector: Public sector
020 7278 8939 Website

Only Connect is London's creative criminal justice charity, rooted in community. The focus of their work is finding innovative ways to reduce reoffending. They work with Londoners aged 16+ with recent experience of the justice system, equipping them with the necessary skills, attributes and positive networks to develop and pursue their life goals without harm. They work in prisons, across youth justice and through their unique Membership centres to deliver projects that build relationships, grow skills and cut crime. In 2014/15 over 65% of their Members progressed into education, employment or training.

P3

Sector: Charity and Social Enterprise
0115 850 8190 Website

P3 is a charity and social enterprise which aims to improve lives and communities by delivering services for socially excluded and vulnerable people to unlock their potential and open up new possibilities. P3 is also a member of Purple Futures, a partnership which manages five Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) in the UK.

Pen Optical

Sector: Optics
01622 674 670 Website

Pen Optical is an organisation that aims to reduce re-offending by giving ex-offenders a second chance. An 8 week training programme in optics is run for individuals at Standford Hill and East Sutton Park prisons who are nearing the end of their sentence. Support is then provided to certain prisoners who are looking to gain employment in optics.

Prisoners' Education Trust

London
Sector: Education
020 3752 5680 Website

Prisoners' Education Trust works across England and Wales to support people in prison to study distance learning courses. They provide advice and support in every prison in England and Wales and around 2,500 prisoners every year receive funding from PET to help them study courses in subjects and at levels not otherwise available.

Prosper 4 Group

Sector: Recruitment
0203 021 4780 Website

Founded in 2014 by ex-offenders to assist other ex-offenders, Prosper 4 Group aims to improve the employment opportunities for people with convictions. They look to assist businesses with their staffing requirements by helping them access a pool of appropriately trained and well-motivated ex-offenders. They also offer self-employment support, running training programmes and providing business launch support for clients both in custody and post-release. Finally, they work both with prisons to identify the most productive ways to utilise their industrial capacity as well as with businesses to help them utilise prison industries to increase their production capacity, with the ultimate aim of improving the skills of ex-offenders and providing them with meaningful employment in custody.

RAPt

Sector: Rehabilitation
020 3752 5560 Website

RAPt supports over 15,000 people every year with drug and alcohol dependence, both in prison and in the community, to overcome the grip of addiction and lead positive lives, free from drugs, alcohol and crime. RAPt is there for as long as it is needed with support ranging from the UK's leading abstinence based rehabilitation programme in prison through to helping ex-offenders find and keep jobs. This work isn't just for clients, but for their families too, and there is support to help them reconcile and rebuild relationships after the often traumatic and damaging impact of addiction and crime. RAPt believes everyone is capable of transformational change, no matter how entrenched their addiction or how prolific their crimes.

Recycling Lives

Preston
Sector: Recycling and Waste Management
01772 654 321 Website

Recycling Lives is a social business, using profits from its commercial recycling and waste management operations to sustain and support a social welfare charity. This offers offender rehabilitation through training, employment and accommodation, significantly reducing reoffending by offering job opportunities in its recycling business or with partner organisations in other sectors.

RISE Mutual

London
Sector: Education, Training and Employment Services
020 7428 8430 Website

RISE Mutual is a Community Interest Company (CIC) owned by its employees. It provides criminal justice and rehabilitation programmes, to transform the lives of individuals, families and communities. Employees largely comes from the former Interventions Department of London Probation, so they possess a wealth of experience working with offenders.

Service Clean UK

London
Sector: Cleaning
0207 164 6073 Website

Service Clean UK is a commercial cleaning company which provides ex-offenders with training and work experience as well as help securing interviews and employment with other professional cleaning companies. Service Clean UK is part of the Quesera Group.

Spark Inside

Sector: Rehabilitation
020 3468 0706 Website

Spark Inside is pioneering the use of professional coaching in prisons to promote rehabilitation, tackle violence and reduce re-offending.

St Giles Trust

Sector: Rehabilitation
Offer: Employment Preparation, Personal Support (Addiction, Mental Health, Housing and Debt Advice)
020 7708 8000 Website

St Giles Trust aims to help break the cycle of prison, crime and disadvantage and create safer communities by supporting people to change their lives. Through it's peer advice programme of mentoring it helps to prepare ex-offenders for employment as well as managing other aspects of their life post prison.

Switchback

Sector: Rehabilitation
020 7650 8989 Website

Switchback is a completely different, intensive rehabilitation programme that supports young adult offenders - Trainees - to make real, long-lasting change after their release from prison.

Synergy Theatre Project

Sector: Theatre
020 3668 6730 Website

Synergy Theatre Project works through theatre towards the rehabilitation of prisoners, ex-prisoners and young people at risk of offending. Synergy seeks to create ground-breaking work, harnessing the energy, instincts and life experiences of those they work with, giving them a voice and, in doing so, their dignity back. Their work provides practical opportunities which builds a bridge from prison to social integration and seeks to prevent young people from entering the criminal justice system.

Tempus Novo

Tempus Novo is an award-winning charity which believes that employment is the key to breaking the cycle of crime. By building relationships with partner organisations, Tempus Novo is able to create employment opportunities for ex-offenders and move them away from a life of crime.

The Chrysalis Programme

Sector: Personal Development
Offer: Personal Support
07801 438 140 Website

The Chrysalis Programme is a world class Personal Leadership and Effectiveness Development Programme. This innovative and holistic personal change programme engages, inspires and compels individuals to own and drive personal change in their lives. Using positive reinforcement techniques, the programme aims to stimulate participants' thinking, attitudes and social capability. It inspires them to challenge their paradigms of thought and behaviour, increasing their feelings of self-esteem, self-motivation and hope.

The Clink Charity

Sector: Hospitality
020 7147 6724 Website

The Clink Charity works in partnership with HMP Service to run projects that train and give practical skills to prisoners to aid their rehabilitation. The Clink Restaurants allow prisoners to learn, engage with the public and take their first steps towards a new life.


The Hard Yard

Sector: Sport and Fitness
Website

The Hard Yard is a fitness brand that trains + employs people leaving prison to lead tough workouts across London.

The Oswin Project

Sector: Construction
01670 462 595 Website

The Oswin Project supports ex-offenders in North East England by sourcing paid employment and apprenticeship opportunities. It works closely with HM Prisons, employers and partners to maximise potential. They are creating second chances for ex-offenders through training, support and employment in order to break the cycle of re-offending.

Trinity Fencing CIC

Sector: Construction
01795 385 070 Website

Trinity Fencing provide hoarding, fencing, landscaping and tree-surgery services, and serve the community through rehabilitating young ex-offenders. With 30 years' trade experience and over 2 years working in the prison ministry, the Founder and Director, Simon Gadd, was led to create opportunities for ex-offenders through a 3-year apprenticeship with Trinity Fencing.

Unlock - for people with convictions

Sector: Recruitment
01634 247 350 Website

Unlock is an independent award-winning national charity that provides a voice and support for people with convictions who are facing stigma and obstacles because of their criminal record, often long after they have served their sentence.

Recruit! is a website run by Unlock that supports UK employers to recruit people with convictions. It helps companies to deal with criminal records fairly by sharing good practice, providing free guidance and tools, and showing what other employers are doing.


Willowdene Farm

Sector: Rehabilitation
01746 718 658 Website

Willowdene Farm, established in 1988, is a premier provider of rehabilitation and training in the UK.

Working Chance

Sector: Recruitment
020 7278 1532 Website

Working Chance is the UK's only recruitment consultancy supporting women leaving the criminal justice and care systems into great jobs with mainstream employers. They have offices in London, Manchester and HMP Downview.

Working Links

Sector: Charity
Offer: Employment Preparation, Personal Support (Addiction, Mental Health, Housing and Debt Advice)
0800 917 9262 Website

Working Links is a leading provider of tailored services to help people maximise their potential. They deliver a range of innovative interventions to help create positive futures for people, their families and communities. They provide specialist and tailored services for people with varying and often complex needs to enable them to help themselves.