Support for ex-offenders
Besides our prison mentoring, we also have connections with a number of organisations which support ex-offenders.
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 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 Unlock is an independent charity for people with convictions, dealing with the effects of having a criminal record. They give advice and support on criminal record and disclosure issues (such as disclosing to employers, criminal record checks, getting insurance and travelling abroad) via their websites and through their confidential peer-run helpline - 01634 247350 - open Mon - Fri / 10am - 4pm.
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 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