People returning to the UK from prison overseas are at the greatest risk of street homelessness and destitution. Our crisis service helps them to access accommodation, first of all temporary and later permanent, and access to welfare benefits, healthcare, specialist training and employment services. This is crucial work with a particularly vulnerable and marginalised group of people to keep them off the street and provide them with opportunities to change their lives.

Individual support is tailored and there are workshops as well as practical support sessions such as CV writing within our Work Preparation Programme (WPP) which helps returning prisoners find work and improve their work-related skills. It also enables them to develop their social networks, build their confidence, gives them independence and supports their integration into UK society. It also includes tailored one-to-one sessions, and also telephone advice and support for those residing outside London. 

The WPP is an important element in our range of resettlement services as it also offers guidance on how to disclose convictions; and encourages training as a pathway to employment. The programme runs 1 day a week and supports people during this critical stage of resettlement. Last year:

  • 88% of participants said it helped them know more about how to prepare for a job interview.
  • 72% of participants said they felt more confident completing job applications.

James who completed the WPP said:

The programme enabled me to recognise my potential and grow my confidence; it also helped me find my passion in cooking and has given me the tools to get back into society. I am currently on an apprenticeship to be a professional chef.

Marilyn Hendleman from Clifford Chance said:

We've been delighted by the response to our pilot programme. There was a really enthusiastic response from our volunteers to take part and the feedback from the mock-interviewees was also very positive. We look forward to hosting more sessions.

We are always keen to talk about potential partnerships with organisations that want to get involved with employment opportunities for the people we help. If you are interested in supporting ex-offenders into work, or sharing your expertise at one of our group sessions, please contact [email protected] for more information.