This section features opportunities that may be of specific interest to people who have a criminal record.

It includes:

  1. paid jobs
  2. volunteering roles, and
  3. other opportunities

Some of these will be featured because organisations have got in touch and asked us to include them, whilst others are ones that we’ve become aware of during the course of our work. The common theme is that they are specific opportunities that are specifically looking to reach people with criminal records. Some of the opportunities will be with organisations that may be well known for recruiting people with a criminal record; others may surprise you.

Got a suggestion for this page? If you know of an opportunity that should be included here, let us know. Organisations looking to raise awareness of specific opportunities might also want to consider proactively advertising opportunities through theRecord.

Need advice? If you need any advice about disclosing your criminal record before applying, have a look at the disclosure information on our InformationHub or contact our helpline.

If you apply for any of the opportunities listed, let us know how you get on.



Policy and Communications Assistant at Revolving Doors Agency

  • Salary – £25,000
  • Location – London
  • Description – Revolving Doors are looking for a Policy and Communications Assistant to maximise the effectiveness of their work through communications as well as providing support to their policy team.
  • Closing date – 5pm on Tuesday 23rd April 2019
  • Hours – Full time

For further information visit the Revolving Doors Agency website

Arts and Exhibitions Assistants at Koestler Trust

  • Salary – £22,275. One permanent role and one temporary.
  • Location – London
  • Description – The Koestler Trust are looking for Arts and Exhibitions Assistants to be responsible for the efficient processing, transport, sales and exhibition of artworks entered to the Koestler Awards.
  • Closing date – 9am on Thursday 25th April 2019
  • Hours – Full time

For further information visit the Koestler Trust website

Administrator at music charity, Finding Rhythms

  • Salary – £20,000 to £25,000 pro rata
  • Location – London
  • Description – Finding Rhythms are looking for an administrator to support the Business Director and Creative Director with the general running of the prison music charity.
  • Closing date – 6pm on Sunday 28th April 2019
  • Hours – Part time – 14 hours per week

To apply send your CV to

Digital and Communications Officer at Koestler Trust

  • Salary – £24,500
  • Location – London
  • Description – The Koestler Trust are looking for a Digital and Communications Officer to support the Development Team to deliver Individual Giving Campaigns and drive the digital fundraising of the charity.
  • Closing date – 9am on Thursday 2nd May 2019
  • Hours – Full time

For further information visit the Koestler Trust website

School Behaviour & Resilience Mentor at Think for the Future

  • Salary – £19,000 – £20,000 pro rata (salaries are likely to increase based on performance)
  • Location – Various locations across the East Midlands
  • Description – Think for the Future are recruiting mentors to develop and deliver their programme to pupils who are disengaged with education or have low aspirations for the future.
  • Closing date – Rolling application process
  • Hours – Full time and part time positions

For further information visit the Think for the Future website

Mobile Cleaners at BCS

  • Salary – £8.50 per hour. If the candidate is competent after 3 months, this will increase of £9.20 per hour.
  • Location – From Worthing in the east to Romsey in the west and the A3 corridor to Bordon.
  • Description – BCS are looking for candidates to clean new homes at the build clean stage. BCS will provide you with a company car and all equipment.
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – Full time and part time positions

To apply, please email

Specialist Hygiene Technician at Rentokil Specialist Hygiene

  • Salary – £18,282 basic + commission (realistic OTE of £28,000) plus company van and fuel card. The position is permanent
  • Location – Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, East Anglia
  • Description – Rentokil offer an extensive training programme after which, Technicians will use their knowledge to provide a wide range of deep cleaning and disinfectant services
  • Closing date – Recruitment is ongoing
  • Hours – Full time

For further information visit the Rentokil website

Volunteering roles

Helpline Advisor at Unlock

  • Salary – Voluntary role but expenses upto a maximum of £15 per day paid
  • Location – Maidstone, Kent
  • Description – We’re looking for an advisor to help deliver our peer-led Helpline by providing information, advice and support.
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – 2 days per week, 9am to 5pm

For further information visit the Unlock website

Arts Team Volunteer at Koestler Trust

  • Salary – Voluntary role
  • Location – London
  • Description – The Koestler Trust are looking for Arts Team volunteers to process entries to the Koestler Awards.
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – 1-3 days per week for a period of three months

For further information visit the Koestler Trust website

EPIC Peer Mentor at Women in Prison

  • Salary – Voluntary role
  • Location – Lambeth, London
  • Description – EPIC Peer Mentors provide support to women who are currently involved or at risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system, by providing person centred support.
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – 3-4 hours per week

For further information visit the Women in Prison website

Peer Mentor for Integrated Healthcare Wider Liaison & Diversion Service

  • Salary – Voluntary role
  • Location – Posts in all towns across Greater Manchester
  • Description – The role of the Peer Mentor will include supporting individuals towards a positive emotional well-being by exploring and engaging in education, training and employment, encouraging self-help and developing self-esteem and providing practical help, for example form filling and signposting to other support agencies
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – Minimum of 2 hours per week

To apply email for an application pack.


Other opportunities

Self-employed Diversion Scheme Trainer at Druglink

  • Salary – Self-employed
  • Location – Across the UK
  • Description – The self-employed Diversion Scheme Trainer will be responsible for delivering the Druglink approved alcohol, cannabis and drugs diversion courses and undertake all onsite administration associated with the course.
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – As required

To apply, send a CV and covering letter to or call 01923 260733 and ask to speak to Dave Gill.

Fellowship from the Griffins Society

  • Salary – Fellowship
  • Description – The Fellowship sponsors research to bring about change in how women and girls are dealt with in the criminal justice system.
  • Closing date – 12 noon on Monday 3rd June 2019

For further information visit the Griffins Society website

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