Ex-offender support services 

The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives. We offer a range of courses suitable for ex-offenders, including Team, Get Started and the Fairbridge programme.

If you'd like more information about Prince's Trust programmes, please visit our Need Help pages, or get in touch by calling 0800 842 842.

If you're looking for further support from other organisations, below you can find alternatives from across the UK.

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Apex Charitable Trust

Apex Charitable Trust seeks to help people with criminal records to obtain appropriate jobs or self-employment by providing them with the skills they need in the labour market and by working with employers to break down the barriers to their employment. 0870 608 4567


Nacro has a dedicated Resettlement Plus Helpline which offers information and advice to ex-offenders, serving prisoners, their families and friends and to organisations working with them. 0207 840 6464

St Giles Trust

St Giles Trust runs a range of services designed to help ex-offenders; employment, support, community based training, and housing/emergency accommodation. 0207 703 7000

SOVA Supporting Others through Voluntary Action

SOVA is a voluntary mentoring organisation in England and Wales working in the Criminal Justice Sector and young people on youth offending orders as well as care leavers, long-term unemployed and refugee and asylum seekers. 0207 793 0404


Trailblazers is a national charity that reduces re-offending among young people through providing volunteer mentors. Established in 1998 they have grown to become one of England’s best established charities providing support both inside Youth Offending Institutions (YOIs) and on release into the community. At Trailblazers they believe that each young person has the potential to lead a life free from crime and be a positive member of society. They reduce re-offending in young people by helping them change their attitude, thinking and behavior through intensive mentoring, advice, advocacy and targeted specialist support. 01296 444 105


Unlock is the National Association of Ex-Offenders. Founded in 1999, they exist to campaign for better facilities for serving prisoners to plan for a life after release, and to support ex-offenders in rebuilding their lives. 01634 247 350 (press option 1 - open Tuesdays and thursdays 9am-5pm)

Women In Prison

Women in Prison is a women-centred, women-run organisation that provides specialist services to women affected by the criminal justice system both in prison and in the community throughout England.  0800 953 0125

Working Links

Working Links runs programmes throughout the country to fully support ex-offenders with regaining employment. 0800 917 9262


YMCA work in partnership with prisons and probation services to support young offenders with citizenship and training opportunities pre-release. 0207 186 9500






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The Prince's Trust Factsheet 2013/14

The Trust helped over 58,804 young people last year.

Our programmes

Here's a reminder which programme is which.

  • Enterprise programme
    If you’re aged 18-30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, the Enterprise programme can help you decide whether self-employment is right for you.
  • Fairbridge programme
    Available to young people aged 13-25 who are unemployed or struggling with education. The Trust currently runs the Fairbridge programme in 16 cities around the UK.

  • Team
    12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.
  • Get into
    Short vocational courses that develop young people's skills in a specific sector.
  • Get Started
    Short courses for UK residents aged 16-25 who are unemployed. You get an intensive week of activities run by professional tutors.

  • Development awards
  • Grants to help you get into education, training or employment.