Our philosophy

What unites us is our beliefs in a better world for women with convictions. Here's what we believe.


Our vision, mission and values

Our vision, mission, and values give us focus and determination to make a difference to women with convictions. These are the principles that underpin everything we do.

Our vision

Our vision is of a society where every woman with a conviction has the support and opportunities she needs to flourish.

Our mission

Our mission is to support women to create independent purposeful lives through helping them to build careers, and to educate and inspire employers to embrace inclusive hiring.

Our values

Founded in 2009

Our history

Working Chance was founded by Jocelyn Hillman in 2009, inspired by overlooked potential of the women she had met in women's prisons. She saw that many women were unfairly stigmatised after their release from prison and consequently were at high risk of reoffending. Jocelyn set out to change this and started cold-calling businesses to try to persuade them to consider hiring women with convictions. Since then, Working Chance has grown into a unique, award-winning charity. After ten years at the helm, Jocelyn stepped down as chief executive in April 2019 and passed the leadership baton to Natasha Finlayson.  

2023-2026 strategy

Above and Beyond

In September 2023, we began delivery of our new strategy, which is our most ambitious yet. As an organisation, and as individuals, we are committed to going above and beyond to create a fairer society for women who have been criminalised.

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We need you

We rely on your donations to support women who need a fresh start. Please give whatever you can, big or small, so that we can help more women turn their lives around.