Employment is about more than an income. It brings a sense of purpose, hope, and independence.
We want to see a society where no woman is held back by her conviction, and where she has the support and opportunities she needs to thrive.
We can't guarantee that we can help you get you a job, but we'll do our best. And it's not just paid work that we'll help you look for. There are lots of ways to build up your experience: we can help you find volunteering opportunities, training, or apprenticeships. Looking to start your own business? We can help with that too.
It doesn't matter when you received your conviction or how many you have - we're here for you, and we won't judge you.
First things first: we'll ask you to come to a few workshops, along with one-to-one support, to help with your employability. You'll get advice and guidance, tailored to you, around writing a CV, interview techniques and how to tell potential employers about your conviction(s). You'll meet other women with convictions too, which can help to remind you that you're not alone with challenges you face.
Once you've completed our employability programme, you'll be introduced to one of our employment advisors, who will do their best to help you find a job that suits you. We believe in quality over quantity, so we'll only encourage you to apply for opportunities that are right for you.
Finding work isn't the last you'll hear from us either - we'll keep in touch to make sure that you're thriving in your new role.
Let's get ready for a brighter future
No two women who approach Working Chance are alike. Some pop in for a couple of workshops and are ready to get to work. Others need something a little different, and so receive extra support, such as mental health support from our dedicated psychotherapy service, or signposting to other organisations.
We welcome anyone who identifies as a woman or non-binary. No questions asked.
The best time to start? Now.
It doesn't matter whether your conviction was years ago, or more recent, and you don't have to have served a custodial sentence (ie been in prison).
How we help
Wondering how it works?
Employability support, tailored to you. Workshops and one-to-one - you name it, we'll get you on the right track.
Help to disclose your conviction to potential employers: what you need to tell them, how, and when.
We'll work with you to find the next step that's right for you. That could be a job, a volunteering opportunity, or something else. Whatever suits.
If you find a job through us, we will keep in touch with you and your employer, making sure both sides are supported. We don't just want you to have a job - we want you to succeed and flourish.
See how we can help
As well as getting you ready for paid work, we can support with other opportunities, including apprenticeships, volunteering, and more.
How we help
of the women we work with are still in employment after six months
women in 2020 supported into roles, despite the impact of Covid-19 on the jobs market
women a year go through our employability workshops - you are not alone.
Working Chance helped me gain confidence in my ability and find my voice when dealing with employers. I can now disclose with confidence, holding my head high in interviews.Lily Working Chance Client