Do you have a commitment to working within a women-centred service and to making a difference to women’s lives?

Women in Prison (WIP) is a unique national charity providing support, advice and guidance to women affected by the criminal justice system and campaigning to prevent the harm caused to women, their families and our communities by imprisonment.

We currently have the following vacancies:

Trustee – HR Specialist

Salary: Voluntary , expenses paid
Closing Date: April 16 2018

Job Description: Trustee on the board for charity Women in Prison with strategic oversight of HR issues; Attend HR sub committee every two months at Women in Prison’s South London office and board meetings every two months; Attend away days, occasional events, visits to women’s centres and prisons; Support the campaign to reduce the female prison population and invest in community alternatives.

Established in 1983 by Chris Tchaikovsky, a former prisoner, Women in Prison (WIP) is a national charity  that campaigns to significantly reduce the female prison population and replace prison with community based sentences and holistic support to address the profound needs of women who have served time (the majority of whom have experienced poverty, abuse, trauma, addiction  and mental ill health). Holistic, women-centred support, delivered by women’s centres, that addresses trauma, debt and addiction and offers education, support and training is proven to reduce re-offending at a fraction of the cost of prison. WIP also educates the public and policy makers about women in contact with the criminal justice system, to promote alternatives to custody and provide a platform for the voices of women with experience of the criminal justice system. Our vision is of a system in which only a minority of women convicted of serious and violent  offences are kept in small custodial units closer to home and the vast majority serve their sentence in the community. WIP fights for a society in which the abuse, marginalisation and poverty that is at  the root of so much of women's offending is addressed, tackling some of the drivers that bring many women into contact with the criminal justice system.

WIP has three women’s centres in Woking, Manchester and London, as well as services in women's prisons with approximately 50 staff. We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic woman to join our trustee board who has current or recent HR experience.  Black, Asian and minority ethnic women are particularly encouraged to apply, and we would welcome applications from women with direct experience of the criminal justice system.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience of the management of strategic HR issues, particularly in the charity sector.

*Women only need apply (these roles are exempt under the Equality Act 2010 pursuant to Schedule 9, Part 1.

For further information about these roles, contact  Yvonne Roberts chair of trustees


After you have received further information, please send a CV and covering letter, explaining your interest in/what you would bring to the role to Yvonne Roberts, chair of trustees: copy to Jo Ryan deputy chair:


EPIC Peer Mentor

Job Base:   The Beth Centre, Lambeth, London - a Women's Centre run by Women in Prison
Hours of Work: 3 – 4 hours per week
Expenses: Voluntary position (on completion of training you will receive an accredited qualification)

* This post is restricted to women only as a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9 paragraph 1, Equality Act 2010

The Beth Centre believes in the power of the peer to peer relationship.

EPICEnabling Positive Individual Change – is a peer mentoring scheme provided to women within the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon.  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.

You could be an EPIC Peer Mentor, if you are a woman who has experienced the Criminal Justice System at some point in your life, commit to a training programme while working towards an accredited qualification and would like your own experiences to have a positive impact on empowering women currently involved in the criminal justice system.  If you live in the borough of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham or Croydon and you have been free from offending and substance/alcohol addiction for at least 6 months, you would be a perfect candidate.

TO APPLY: please download the EPIC Peer Mentor Application Pack and complete the application form and equal opportunities form and return to Peer Mentor and Volunteer Coordinator Fiona Shaw on
or post to The Beth Centre, Hudson House, 1 Stockwell Green, SW9 9JF

You do NOT need any previous experience of volunteering.

Closing date: There is no closing date this position has a rolling recruitment
Interviews: Will take place on a rolling basis
Start date: Dependent upon training slot availability