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:‚Äč


Chair of the Board of Trustees

Location: Flexible, with regular Board meetings in London
Hours: Part-time, flexible
Salary: This role is voluntary and unremunerated. However, Women in Prison will pay travel, accommodation and child care expenses for Board meetings

Women in Prison is looking for a new chair to head our strong and engaged board of trustees.  

We are particularly looking for a woman who has experience of managing organisational change, and ideally charity governance. This is key as WIP is progressing a three year strategy to improve its infrastructure so it can continue to deliver holistic asset-based services to women and campaign even more vigorously for investment in community support and a network of women’s centres to drastically reduce the female prison population. 

A candidate won't necessarily need to have a deep knowledge of the criminal justice system, but she does need to support our feminist and abolitionist values. Due to the nature of our work and the public-facing role of the Chair, we need a candidate who is not linked to delivering elements of the punitive system, such as sentencing or private companies involved in running prisons.

As you know WIP is a strong, well-established feminist organisation, with highly committed professional staff and trustees, but - like many other charities - demand often outweighs resources so the role of Chair requires a commitment of time.        

As diversity is part of our core values, we are actively encouraging applications from women from a variety of backgrounds, and with a range of skills and experiences.  We are particularly interested to hear from women of colour and from applicants who have a criminal record.  The role is only open to women, in accordance with the sex-based exemptions of the Equality Act 2010 pursuant to Schedule 9, Part 1.

It is possible – if there is interest - to split the role of chair with the current vice-chair, sharing the commitment of time. One of the first tasks of a new chair will be to recruit to the board as a trustee one or more potential future co-chairs who have spent time in prison.  This is an exciting opportunity to break new ground and ensure we are truly led by the women with whom we work.  We are seeking support from funders to provide development, training and support for potential candidates with experience of prison.    

FURTHER DETAILS: Please see the attached role description and person specification for further details of the role.

TO APPLY: Please send a CV and a covering letter, explaining your interest in the role and what you would bring to the organisation to or send by post to Women in Prison, 2nd Floor, Elmfield House, 5 Stockwell Mews, London, SW9 9GX. Please also fill out the Equal Opportunities monitoring form in the recruitment pack.

CLOSING DATE:  5 pm Monday 8th July 2019

INTERVIEW DATE: to be confirmed

If you know of anyone who may have an interest in the role, they can contact Jo Ryan, Vice-Chair of trustees via to express their interest. A formal shortlisting and interviewing process will follow. 


EPIC Peer Mentor


Location: Lambeth, London
Hours: 3-4 hours per week
Salary: Voluntary position (on completion of training you will receive an accredited qualification)

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, Croydon, Wandsworth and Sutton.  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 return completed forms to Peer Mentor and Volunteer Coordinator Fiona Shaw on or post to The Beth Centre, Hudson House, 1 Stockwell Green, SW9 9JF

Interviews: Will take place on a rolling basis.

Start date: Dependent upon training slot availability

You do NOT need any previous experience of volunteering.

Applications are particularly encouraged from women with direct experience of the criminal justice system and from women who are from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups. All application forms are anonymised until the interview stage to assist in the fair assessment of applications. 

* Women in Prison considers this role to be restricted to women only as an occupational requirement in accordance with Paragraph 1, Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.