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3 Pillars Project

Sector: Sport and Fitness
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.

A Band of Brothers

Sector: Personal Development
Offer: Mentoring and Coaching, Personal Support
07718205040 Website

Central to all of our programmes are experiences that have come to be termed “rites of passage.” Through this context we harness the integral goodwill of local adult men by providing them with a powerful training that develops mentoring skills, emotional intelligence and enhances authenticity and confidence. This in turn empowers these men to provide a rites of passage training and ongoing mentorship to the young men of their community. The mentors hail from very varied walks of life and currently include local businessmen, tradesmen, film makers etc.

Aspire Oxford

Sector: Recruitment
Offer: Recruitment, Support for Employers, Training
01865 204450 Website

Aspire Oxford is an award-winning employment charity and social enterprise, established in 2001. It helps people with a background of offending histories, homelessness and drug and alcohol addiction into and towards employment through specialist support and work experience in their our own social enterprises. Aspire Oxford runs a Through the Gate project with Bullingdon and Spring Hill prisons, supporting ex-offenders into sustainable employment including a Release on Temporary Licence work experience programme with Spring Hill prison. Aspire Oxford also builds strong relationships with local employers to encourage them to open up job opportunities to ex-offenders and other disadvantaged groups.

Contact: Emily Capel-Davies

Bounce Back

Sector: Construction
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.

Contact: Fran Findlater, CEO

Business in the Community

Sector: Public sector
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.

Contact: Nicola Inge, Campaign Manager - Work Inclusion

Clean Sheet

Sector: Charity
0300 123 3045 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.

Contact: Jane Gould Smith

Enterprise Inspiration

Sector: Education, Training and Employment Services
07759 074864 Website

Enterprise Inspiration provides, where funding resources are available, advice and support for ex offenders who want to know about how to start, grow and run a sustainable business. They work in prisons, with those on probation or in the community. Their training includes all aspects of business planning from marketing and business routines to book keeping and tax planning. Their approach is holistic - taking the individual in mind along with any complex circumstances that may need to be explored for their business to succeed. Training and coaching is delivered in way that is an inspiration reality check - helping their trainees to feel motivated, confident and empowered to realise their potential.

Contact: Isabel King

Freedom Bakery

Sector: Bakery
0141 328 7886 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.

Contact: Matt Fountain

Hire Hand

Sector: Hospitality

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.


London and Bristol
Sector: Charity
Offer: Support for Employers, Personal Support
01458850621 Website

Our mission is to reduce youth reoffending through the delivery of an innovative rehabilitation programme to those in prison and those at risk of going to prison.

Leicestershire Cares

Sector: Charity
Offer: Support for Employers, Personal Support
01162756490 Website

Leicestershire Cares brings businesses and communities together, for the benefit of all, through employee volunteering.

We provide volunteering opportunities for companies looking to get involved with communities in Leicestershire & Rutland.

Our wide ranging projects include supporting the rehabilitation of offenders.

Luminary Bakery

Sector: Bakery
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 holistically- encouraging ambition, restoration and second chances. Using baking as a tool they take women on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship, equipping them with transferrable skills for the working world. They offer courses, work experience and paid employment within their bakers, empowering women to build their career.

Contact: Alice Boyle


Sector: Education, Training and Employment Services
Offer: Support for Employers
0845 600 3194 Website

Nacro is a national social justice charity with more than 50 years' experience of changing lives, building stronger communities and reducing crime. We house, we educate, we support, we advise, and we speak out for and with disadvantaged young people and adults. We are passionate about changing lives. We never give up. Nacro's national Resettlement Advice Service (RAS) seeks to remove the barriers that prevent people with criminal records (and those who have been subject to allegations) from moving forward with their lives in positive and constructive ways.



Sector: Education, Training and Employment Services
Offer: Education, Employment Preparation
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.


Sector: Recruitment
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

Sector: Public sector
Offer: Creative Enrichment, Personal Support
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 re-offending. 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. This Membership model offers one single, seamless relationship from custody to community and into future projects. In 2014/15 over 65% of their Members progressed into education, employment or training.

Contact: Laura Chinnery


Sector: Charity and Social Enterprise
Offer: Personal Support (Addiction, Mental Health, Housing and Debt Advice)
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.


Sector: Charity
Offer: Personal Support, Employment Preparation, Support for Employers
02077320007 Website

Pecan is a Christian charity dedicated to bringing hope to individuals and the wider community. We provide employment support services that help people from all walks of life obtain and retain employment. We also build stronger communities and through social action

that changes lives and promotes well-being.

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 from open prisons or those serving community sentences. Support is then provided to certain offenders who are looking to gain employment in optics.

Contact: Tanjit Dosanjh

Pink Umbrella Studios

Sector: Charity and Social Enterprise
Offer: Support for Employers
07597460535 Website

We create websites for the 3rd sector and ex-offenders for a very low rate. A percentage of these websites will be created by actual offenders inside learning to code. This helps the offenders to build their professional portfolios and gives them a very high chance of employment upon release. We at Pink Umbrella Studios also aim to employ the ex-offenders upon release.

Prisoners' Education Trust

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.

Contact: Rod Clark

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.

Contact: Michael Corrigan, CEO

Recycling Lives

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

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.

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.

Contact: Baillie Aaron

St Giles Trust

Sector: Rehabilitation
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.


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.

Contact: Leah Selinger, Acting CEO

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

Sector: Recruitment
07868 569 509 / 07583 969 889 Website

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.

Contact: Steve Freer

The Chrysalis Programme

Sector: Personal Development
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.

Contact: David Apparicio

The Clink Charity

Sector: Hospitality
020 7147 6724 Website

Founded in 2009, The Clink Charity aims to reduce the reoffending rates of ex-offenders. Working in partnership with Her Majesty's Prison Service it runs projects that train and offer practical skills to prisoners to aid their rehabilitation. Their award-winning restaurants allow prisoners to learn, engage with the public and take their first steps towards a new life. To date more than 800 prisoners have graduated from their training programmes. They operate 4 training restaurants, two horticulture schemes (Clink Gardens) and 1 event caterer (Clink Events).

Contact: Chris Moore

The Forward Trust

Sector: Charity
Offer: Personal Support (Addiction, Mental Health, Housing and Debt Advice)
020 3752 5560 Website

The Forward Trust (formally RAPt and Blue Sky) empowers people to break the inter-linked cycles of addiction or crime to move forward with their lives. They believe that anyone is capable of lasting change. For more than 25 years they have been working with people to build positive and productive lives.

Having a job can help break the cycle of re-offending and addiction. Forward Employment Services create chances for people to develop new skills, find work and start a new story. They offer tailored support, training and access to real jobs to ex-offenders and those in recovery from addiction.

The Hard Yard

Sector: Sport and Fitness

The Hard Yard is a fitness brand that trains and employs people leaving prison to lead tough workouts across London. They recruit the best talent from inside four London prisons and start working with them in the first weeks of release. All of their trainers are fully qualified and insured personal trainers, who have used fitness to transform their own lives and want to share this experience and expertise.

The Oswin Project

Newcastle-Upon -Tyne
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.

Contact: Fiona Sample

The Reasons Why Foundation

Sector: Personal Development
Offer: Mentoring and Coaching
03302210487 Website

The Reasons Why Foundation works in several prisons, as well as with London Probation, to offer through-the-gates mentoring, training and access to employment for offenders towards the end of their sentences.

Founded in 2012, our aim is to provide the right environment and support for people with convictions, helping them understand past behaviours and to make changes in how they think and behave in their lives now and in the future.

Together, with our growing team of trained volunteer mentors, supported by an RWF Staff Team, we achieve improvements in self-awareness, accountability, self-esteem and positive relationship development. Ultimately leading to improved wellbeing, reduced likelihood or re-offending and more sustainable resettlement following a period in custody.

Trail-Blazers Mentoring

Sector: Charity and Social Enterprise
07807 267 280 Website

Trail-Blazers Mentoring is a national charity that reduces re-offending among young people by providing volunteer mentors. Through their committed and dedicated team of over 125 mentors, Trailblazers works in close partnerships with Young Offending Institutions (YOIs), prison staff and other stakeholders to prevent re-offending. Volunteer mentors are thoroughly trained to ensure structure in the mentoring relationship. They meet with their young offender approximately six-months before his release and during weekly visits endeavours to build up a relationship of trust, which will ultimately lead to increased self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence in the young offender, reducing the risk of re-offending.

Contact: John Shephard

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.

Contact: Christopher Stacey, Co-Director

Willowdene Farm

Sector: Rehabilitation
Offer: Personal Support (Addiction, Mental Health, Housing and Debt Advice)
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. Contact:

Working Links

Sector: Charity
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.