Current Opportunities

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.


Funding for leaders with lived experience - The National Lottery Community Fund

Leaders with Lived Experience is a pilot programme providing National Lottery grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to support lived experience leadership. A lived experience leader is someone who uses their first-hand experience of a social issue to create positive change for, and with, communities and people they share those experiences with.

Find out more about the grants and how to apply here


Summer Institute intern - Unlocked Graduates

Unlocked Graduates is running residential training this summer, training graduates to become inspiring leaders and prison officers. They are looking for team players who can work alongside training leads to bring the training to life. Summer Institute interns will support trainers during sessions, set-up and logistical help outside of sessions, and advocates of the Unlocked Graduates values throughout.

Pay: £330 a week (meals and accommodation can be provided free of cost)
Location: Ipswich
Dates: 15th July to 5th September (minimum 1 week, maximum 8 weeks)

Closing date: 1 April. Find out how to apply here.


Prisons and Mental Health research – a call for participants

A Criminology Masters student who has spent time in prison is looking for people to share their views about their experiences of transfer and induction upon arrival at a new establishment.

This will form the basis of his research, entitled ‘Prisons and Mental Health: exploring the role and impact of peer-led induction on the mental health and wellbeing of prisoners following inter-prison transfer’.

Find out more info and how to take part here


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.

Find out more about the roles here


Share your views on what incentives work in prison

The Prison Reform Trust has launched 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


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.

Email Dawn for more information.


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


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


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.

Read the full opportunity here