Vacancies

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 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 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.

We are seeking a woman to join the WIP trustee Board as Chair of trustees, who is committed to seeking radical change in the criminal justice system. The Chair will focus on leading the organisation in partnership with the Chief Executive, influencing at a senior level, supporting WIP’s campaigns and fundraising, and continuing to strengthen Board governance. The Chair will guide the Board in shaping WIP’s strategy over the long-term, as we improve our training, monitoring and evaluation processes and forge a stronger alliance with other women’s centres to develop a common concept of best practice.

WIP is a well established feminist organisation, with highly committed professional staff and trustees, but - as is the case in many other charities - demand often outweighs resources and the short-termism of funding can make long-term planning difficult. The role of Chair is time-consuming (expecting a day a week initially) but hugely rewarding, not least in contributing to a much-needed radical change in how the criminal justice system treats women.

As diversity is one of our core values, we actively encourage applications from women with a variety of backgrounds and a cross section of skills, experiences and narratives. We are particularly interested to hear from women of colour and from applicants who state they have personal experience of being in prison or have a criminal record. 

Induction and training will be provided and tailored to the needs of particular candidates. We are also able to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ appropriate to any individual with a disability. We are open to the possibility of a co-chair arrangement, and will accept single or joint applications on this basis.

Please see the attached recruitment pack 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 recruitment@wipuk.org or send by post to Women in Prison, 2nd Floor, Elmfield House, 5 Stockwell Mews, London, SW9 9GX. Please also fill out the Equal Opportunites monitoring form in the recruitment pack.

CLOSING DATE: Midday Tuesday April 23rd

INTERVIEW DATE: Thursday 2nd May 

For an informal discussion about the role, please email recruitment@wipuk.org to arrange to speak to Jo Ryan, Vice-Chair of Trustees 



Press & Communications Officer


Location: WIP's office in Stockwell, London
Hours: Full-Time, 35 hours per week
Salary: £27,948pa (fixed-term contract of 12 months)

* 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.

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. 

A new role at Women in Prison you will have responsibility for the charity’s external communications working in collaboration with a small campaigns team. You will be the first point of contact for media enquiries and will develop and deliver a proactive communications strategy to scope out opportunities to disseminate our key messages and raise the profile of our campaigns.

You will grow our network of media spokeswomen by providing support, training and opportunities for women affected by the criminal justice system to speak out as well as WIP’s staff and other high-profile champions for the campaign. You will support the campaigns team to keep our website, social media channels and national magazine current and engaging.

TO APPLY: Please download the PRESS & COMMUNICATIONS RECRUITMENT PACK complete the Application Form and return to recruitment@wipuk.org
or send to: Women in Prison, 2nd Floor, Elmfield House, 5 Stockwell Mews, London, SW9 9GX
(We do not accept CVs, please complete the application form in the pack).

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 24th April, 5pm
INTERVIEW DATE: TBC (week beginning 6th May)

Any questions or issues with the application process please contact claire.cain@wipuk.org or call the office mainline on 0207 359 6674



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 fiona.shaw@wipuk.org 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.