Nice to meet you, we're Working Chance. We are the UK's only employment charity solely for women with convictions.
Here's our story
Working Chance helps women with convictions to develop the confidence, skills and self-belief they need to overcome any barriers to their employment, find jobs and build careers.
We work with organisations of all sizes across all sectors to find opportunities for women that align with their skills and aspirations.
Since 2009, Working Chance has supported thousands of women into employment and many more on their journeys towards financial independence. To women with convictions, a job is more than an income - it means a future where she and her family can flourish.
Why focus on employment?
As well as income, employment gives structure to life and a reason to get up in the morning. At its best, it creates a shared purpose with colleagues, a common mission, and motivation for positive personal change. It means that a woman can use her talents and learn new skills. It helps her to feel accomplished, useful, appreciated, and hopeful. This mindset, research shows, makes people far less likely to engage in criminal behaviour.
What women are facing
of women in contact with the criminal justice system have experienced domestic abuse at the hands of their partners
of women in prison were sent there for non-violent offences
of women are unemployed six weeks after leaving prison
Women in prison are told in so many ways how to be and what to do. Working Chance encourages us to achieve our goals.Ashley Working Chance Client
Sector-leading support for women
Howard League for Penal Reform: Organisation of the Year
One Small Thing Trauma Aware Award: Bronze
Centre for Social Justice
Charity Times Awards
If you share our belief that no woman should be held back by a conviction, please consider supporting us.
Get in touch
We're experts on issues related to gender equality, the criminal justice system, and the employment landscape. Please send all media enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or 07860 940 455
Find out more about us
We have a proven positive impact on those women and their families, on the economy and on society through reducing reoffending.
See what we can do
Meet the Working Chance staff team and Board of Trustees
Policy and research
We bring together lived experience, research, and expertise to change the systems that disadvantage the women we work with.