Our Impact

Since 2009, Working Chance has supported thousands of women on their journeys to employment and beyond.

2020 in numbers

Despite the global coronavirus pandemic and two national lockdowns, our vital support to women with convictions never stopped.

  • 175 new women started their Working Chance journey.
  • 400 hours of specialist 1:1 employability support were provided by our expert staff.
  • 54 women were supported into work across the private, public and charity sector.

"I'm deeply thankful for all the support Working Chance is providing to people in despair; helping us to navigate and piece together our lives by enabling and empowering us with vital information without being judgemental."


Working Chance Client

The need

Women with convictions face huge barriers when looking for work and trying to rebuild their lives.

  • 96% of women are still unemployed six weeks after leaving prison.
  • 50% of employers would not even consider hiring someone with a conviction.
  • 33% is the average amount women earn less than men after serving prison sentences.

Our impact

For every woman we work with, a job is more than just an income - it means a future where she can flourish and contribute to society.

  • 340 is the total number of women we're supporting at any given time.
  • 84% of women we work with continue to be employed after six months.

Working Chance was found to have a potential attributable economic benefit of £1.4million per year...However, it is important to reiterate that this does not include the wider benefits which the charity's work may help to deliver such as physical and/or mental wellbeing and intergenerational improvements.

Pro Bono Economics


This two minute film about Working Chance was produced by the Lloyds Bank Foundation, recognising our win in the 'Outstanding Impact' category at the foundation's Charity Achievement Awards.


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