Working Chance Ltd

Working Chance Ltd

Charity information

Working Chance Ltd

Working Chance is an award-winning charity and the UK’s only specialist recruitment consultancy for women with convictions and young women leaving care.

"Before I knew it, I was at my interview and selling myself to my new employer. I am still employed at this position and I am very happy and very, very grateful to Working Chance for helping me along my life’s hard journey. ” Working Chance candidate.

Founded 2007

  • Mission statement

    “On release, a second punishment starts. No one will give you a job. ” Working Chance candidate.

    Working Chance delivers award-winning and bespoke recruitment consultancy services for women with convictions and young women care leavers. We also offer support with housing, debt and relationships to help steady their lives.

    Our candidates want a chance to build or re-build their lives and that often starts with a job and a home. But some of our candidates can’t go back home. And many employers won’t hire a woman with a criminal record.

    That’s where we step in.

    We help our candidates become ‘work-ready’ by helping them overcome challenges such as debt, homelessness, domestic violence and mental health issues.

    Since 2007, Working Chance has placed over 700 women and girls into paid and voluntary positions, enabling them to move from lives of exclusion to lives of contribution.

    Less than 1% of our candidates are re-convicted within one year of release compared to the national average of 48%.

    We have placed candidates across organisations including in Virgin Trains, Pret A Manger, Lush, the Houses of Parliament and the NHS.

  • Aims

    Working Chance Ltd aims to:

    • To contribute to a greater understanding of what works to reduce and prevent offending and reoffending.
    • To support women into meaningful and lasting work by providing them with a stimulating and secure environment in which they can access our ‘work readiness’ and employment support.
    • To support women to become financially independent through employment, reducing their reliance on benefits as well as their risks of offending.
    • To raise awareness amongst employers of the importance of paid work in reducing offending, and encouraging them to start seeing women ex-offenders and care leavers as sources of hidden talent.
  • Overview

    Established: August 2007

    Registered Charity Number: 1131802

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 18

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 100

    Phone number: 020 7278 1532

    Address: Claremont Building, 24-27 White Lion StreetLondon N1 9PD

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