We share opportunities specifically aimed at former prisoners. For organisations that are focused on helping people find work or training, visit this page.
If you are an organisation that would like to share a current work, training, volunteering, learning or speaking opportunity directed at former prisoners, please contact Alumni Manager Katy Oglethorpe.
Free 'introduction to theatre directing' course
Synergy Theatre Project is offering a free directing course to people with experience of the criminal justice system. Applicants don’t need to have any theatre experience, just an interest in directing and a willingness to give it a go.
With this course there will be a range of theatre trips which will all be free. The one-week course runs from 26th November at The Young Vic Theatre.
A free event to learn and talk about social investment
The Forward Enterprise Fund in partnership with Homeless Link is actually holding an event on Social Investment on November 1st in London Victoria. This event is an opportunity to learn about social investment in the homeless, criminal justice and addiction services sectors. It will bring together charities and social enterprises with social investors to understand what social investment is, when social investment is not suitable or appropriate and how it works.
Job vacancies at prison rehabilitation charity User Voice
User Voice, a charity whose work is led and delivered by former prisoners, is recruiting for several roles. They particularly welcome applications from former prisoners.
Share your views on what incentives work in prison
The Prison Reform Trust is launching the Prisoner Policy Network, a free-to-join network of prisoners, ex-prisoners and supporting organisations, which aims to ensure prisoners’ views and experiences contribute to national prison policy development.
It is looking for individual prisoners and prisoner groups to join the network so that they can share their expertise on key issues. The first subject they are tackling is 'What incentives work in prison?'. People can share their views by email, phone or post. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentoring, training and work experience in the textiles industry
Fine Cell Work has a post-release Open the Gate Programme for people with convictions who want to learn more about the textiles industry. It offers a comprehensive package of support including: volunteering and work experience in a professional textiles workshop; training to complete an OCN accredited course; a mentor; access to funding; and an apprentice support officer.
Business start-up course for women
The Healed Project is a six-week business start-up course for women affected by the criminal justice system. The course is designed to empower women, release them from guilt and shame, and remove stigma. It aims to helps women turn their lives around with a view of them moving forward to become successful in business.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Free fashion, retail and creative course for women
The education and training social venture Behind Bras is looking for women to join a free Level 1 course in either stitching or pattern cutting. You must be unemployed, on benefits and ideally local to the The Fashion Technology Academy in North London. Following completion, you will have the opportunity to secure employment on the Level 2 apprenticeship programme - a 12-month course.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentoring for people interested in the arts
The Koestler Trust is looking for people with lived experience of the criminal justice system who are interested in pursuing their interest in the arts (visual arts or writing). We currently have mentors available in the London area who are able to provide one-to-one bespoke Arts Mentoring.