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

A society in which no woman is held back by a conviction, and where she has the support, encouragement and opportunities she needs to reset her life and thrive.

Our mission

We provide women with convictions with the skills and support they need to develop their employability, and to help them to build lives that give them purpose, hope and financial independence. We also work to create better informed and more empathetic attitudes about women with convictions and to raise awareness about the issues that often underlie women’s offending.

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.  


Our strategic ambitions

In January 2021 we began delivery of our new strategy, which is our most ambitious yet. Between now and the end of 2023, Working Chance will grow in size, support more women, and broaden the support we offer to ensure that we can help women move on with their lives.

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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.