Last time I wrote I hinted at some exciting news for A Fairer Chance and our work with women. I am delighted to say we have partnered with Beating Time, through their Inside Job initiative, and will be able to continue our work with women in prison, primarily at East Sutton Park, for at least another year.
Through a second partnership with Careers-Academy, we can now also help London women, impacted by their contact with the CJS but who are no longer under supervision
Working with Senior Officer John Hasemore has enabled us to access brilliant, hardworking, resilient women as they strive to obtain employment on licence and through the gates.
Since October, and in these times of Covid, we have still been able to help eleven women interview and secure job offers in retail. We have just heard that another fabulous young woman we have supported has secured an Executive officer job, in my old Department, DWP, through the “Going straight to Work” NFN initiative. Best of all I have a woman working with me now.
Does she know what she’s let herself in for?
In total we directly helped at least 51 women with convictions gain work in the last year. Does this make us the top performer in this field?
We caught up with some of our stars from previous years
• Chris the TFL reporting Manager now four years into her career in project management… and climbing to the top
• Naomi our TFL Contract Manager just a year behind
• Annie, our amazing plant technician who has been employed for more than two years now “I am getting great feedback from her manager, colleagues and most importantly customers. Annie is turning out to be one of my best technicians” Ambius.
• Rowena four years as a reporting officer and payroll manager for a multinational construction company
• Dee, Senior account manager within FM. Employed for two and a half years now
• Cassie now a store manager, who started work six years ago, on a 12 hour ROTL contract, with our favourite retailer.
Any employers who would like to find out more about our work, or talk to any of our real women or existing employers, please feel free to contact me.
In response to the number of people in the prison system most of our work is with men and we do very well there too. But sadly jobs for women are low down the agenda. You can read volumes of information, strategies and research papers concerning women in the criminal justice system, with hardly a mention of employment. I still find it hard to access the various CJS women’s forums.
So today we launch our own initiative that we will simply call Women’s Work .
Do get in touch if you would like to find out more.