Support for ex-offenders
Please see information and links to external organisations who specialise in helping ex-offenders.
Apex Charitable Trust
Apex Charitable Trust works across North West England and seeks to help people with criminal records 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. 01744 612 898
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. 0300 123 1999
Step Together provide tailored one-to-one support to help individuals into volunteering placements that match their needs and interests, and help them develop the personal and practical skills required to build a more positive future. 0117 955 9042
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. 020 7708 8000
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.
Trailblazers is a national charity that reduces re-offending among young people through providing volunteer mentors. 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. 07807 267280
Unlock is an independent charity for people with convictions who are dealing with the effects of having a criminal record. They give advice and support across areas such as: how to disclose to employers, criminal record checks, getting insurance and travelling abroad through their confidential peer-run helpline. 01634 247350
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 or 0207 359 6674
Working Chance is a charity which helps women offenders make the transition into employment, helping them find paid work and offering voluntary placements.
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