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Make a donation, raise funds or become a partner or supporter of Switchback!

Leave a legacy in your will

Switchback offers the Trainees we work with the support they need for as long as they need it. That means they can come back to us when things get tough, wobbly, or they just need a chat with a friendly face. Our open-ended, unconditional support is what makes Switchback different – and by leaving a gift in your will, you can help us continue to make that support available for as long as it’s needed.

Leaving a gift in your will is a personal decision, but one which gives you control after you have gone. Getting the right advice is important, and a good place to start is with the Government’s guide to leaving a legacy gift.

If you do choose to support Switchback in this way, then we promise to use it in the best possible way to help more young adult offenders live life completely differently.

If you let us know about your decision, we can keep you updated as often or as little as you like as to how we are supporting Trainees. You can change your mind about your gift at any time.

If you’re interested in discussing leaving a gift to Switchback in your will, then please call us on 020 7650 8989 or drop us an email at We look forward to hearing from you!

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Raise Funds

Whether it’s running a marathon, hiking over a mountain, avoiding chocolate for a year, or keeping quiet for a whole day… there are loads of ways to raise funds for Switchback while doing something challenging but fun!

If you’re stuck for ideas have a look at this external list or drop the Switchback Team a line to have a chat and find out how we can support you to get a sponsorship message out there.

Call us on 020 7650 8989 or drop us an email at

Partner with Switchback

There are lots of ways that Switchback works with businesses, restaurants and corporate partners. These can include:

  • Hosting a Trainee for work experience or becoming a Real Work Training Partner
  • Hosting a tour of your workplace or other learning experience
  • Adding an optional ‘£1 on the bill’ table donation for your customers
  • Employing a Switchback Trainee who is ready for work
  • Grants or donations to support our work

We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch to discuss working together by calling 020 7650 8989 or emailing

Job Vacancies

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

£55,000 | London, E1 |Full-time, Permanent | Flexible working considered |Deadline: 10am, Mon 18th January 2021

Switchback is an award-winning small charity enabling young Londoners to find a way out of the justice system and build stable, rewarding lives. We use our evidence to inspire change across the justice system and beyond. Our team of skilled, fulltime Switchback Mentors provide intensive one-to-one support for young men leaving prison alongside real-work training after release, supporting Switchback Trainees to make real, lasting change. Our approach works: Switchback Trainees are five times less likely to reoffend.

Now, building on a decade of sector-leading impact, Switchback is making a transformational shift in our reach and scale. We aim to significantly expand the number of prison-leavers Switchback can support in London as well as our capacity to campaign for systemic change – all while closely guarding the integrity and quality of our programme.

This new position of Chief Operating Officer will play a pivotal role in enabling that shift over the next two years. We are looking for someone with the drive and experience to facilitate a step-change in the sustainable growth of an innovative, high-impact charity. As COO you will be responsible for leading on Switchbacks financial and businesses planning, HR processes, and developing our infrastructure services to keep pace with our ambitions for growth. Through a solid foundation of business systems and processes you will ensure Switchback can grow our team, remain a fantastic place to work, and extend our reach through new campaigns, consultancy, training, partnerships and delivery activity.

We are determined to ensure that Switchbacks team is more representative of the young men we support, so we are especially keen to hear from people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds or with lived experience of the criminal justice system or poverty.

Your charge is to enable brilliant people to do what they are brilliant at doing – and help change lives in the process. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to apply

For an informal discussion, please contact our recruitment partner, Simon Lloyd, Director at NFP consulting on 07961 988 523 or email

Please download and read the recruitment pack here. Application is by way of CV and a Supporting Statement at

Please also download and complete an anonymous Equalities Monitoring form here and email to

Closing date for applications is 10am, Monday 18th January.

There will be a two stage interview process with interviews being held in the weeks beginning 25th January 2021 and 1st February 2021.

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We have no other current vacancies. However, we’re always on the lookout for great people who want to work at Switchback. If you are interested in working with us please email


We don’t use volunteers for our work with Switchback Trainees, which is delivered by full time Switchback Mentors. However, we do love to hear from people interested in volunteering their time to support with office admin, fundraising, events, communications or other specialist support. Email to express an interest!