While there are a number of innovative programmes for helping ex-offenders into employment and away from re-offending, there are fewer specifically aimed at women. Working Chance was founded in 2007 to find quality work for women with criminal convictions, and also works to change opinions in the media, business and society more widely.
The charity supports women with skills like CV writing and offers one-to-one advice identifying skills and aspirations, before matching them to the jobs which are most likely to be sustainable in the long term. It also has a dedicated team supporting women with issues beyond employment, such as debt, housing, childcare, domestic abuse and mental health.
When Working Chance asked the Ministry of Justice’s Justice Data Lab to compare its cohorts to a matched control group, it found a reduction in re-offending rates of up to 13%.