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


Become a Switchback Mentor

Join our team of expert practitioners supporting young Londoners to make real, lasting change after prison.


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

Trusts and Foundations Manager
£35,000 – £40,000 per annum depending on experience
Permanent | Full-time (part-time will be considered)
Deadline: 10am on Monday 4th October 2021

About the role   

Switchback is an award-winning small charity enabling young Londoners to build stable, rewarding lives after their release from prison. We are looking for a fantastic Trusts & Foundations Manager to join our small but mighty fundraising team. This is a new and exciting position that will be an integral part of Switchback’s future growth and sustainability for the young men we support.  

As we now look forward to planning our new 2022-2024 Strategic Plan, this is a really exciting time for a Trusts & Foundations Manager to join our small but mighty fundraising team! We really value our fundraising team because it’s at the heart of our future growth and this new and exciting position has been introduced to grow our income from trusts and foundations, whilst nurturing our loyal existing supporters. You will inherit a strong portfolio and existing grants totaling over £460k, along with a database of ready to go applications and prospects. You will join us to build on our success and enable Switchback to expand our impact even further 

Joining the Head of Fundraising and Fundraising Officer, you’ll develop and write exciting and persuasive funding proposals, build new donor relationships and broaden the support from our current donors, securing significant donations and strong partnerships. At Switchback we pride ourselves on ensuring that our wonderful donors receive authentic, quality and detailed communications so that they not only continue to feel invested in our work, but most importantly, feel loved and appreciated! 

About you   

We are seeking someone with a strong track record of charity fundraising who would like to work in a small team that punches above its weight, helping Switchback to grow its impact even further. You’ll be highly organised and good at writing and coordinating information with excellent attention to detail, drive, and enthusiasm to deliver against targets.  

You must love building and nurturing relationships at different levels and enjoy providing our funders with high quality updates so that they always feel closely connected to our work. You will have passion for telling the stories of the young people we support and be excited to represent Switchback and our Trainees.  

At Switchback we aim to build a team representative of London’s diverse population, celebrating the differences that people bring with them as a vital resource to achieve our ambition and purpose. At such, at this time we’re especially keen to hear from men, people from Asian backgrounds, and/or people with lived experience of the criminal justice system.   

Above all, you’ll be passionate about Switchback’s purpose and values, and keen to get stuck in to a wide range of policy and research activity in a small team with big ambitions to transform the system. 

How to apply: 

Please download and read the full job description (PDF) from our website here. Then email the following to with the subject TRUSTS AND FOUNDATION MANAGER by 10am on Monday 4th October. 

  1. Your CV.
  2. A cover letter addressed to Hayley Topley, Head of Fundraising, explaining, in no more than 600 words why you want to work for Switchback, and why you are the right person for this role, making clear reference to the person specification.
  3. A completed equalities monitoring form available here (this will be treated anonymously and separated from your application entirely).  

Application deadline: 10am on Monday 4th October 
Interviews:  1st round: 11th October, 2nd round: 18th October 

Applications which do not follow the above application process will not be considered. We regret that as a small team we will be unable to provide feedback to candidates not shortlisted for interview. 

To arrange an informal chat about the role, please contact Hayley Topley, Head of Fundraising, by emailing (no recruiters or agencies, please). 

Switchback Mentor

£27,285 per annum
Permanent, full time

Being a Switchback Mentor is a unique opportunity to build transformative relationships with young men leaving prison in London, supporting Switchback Trainees to find a way out of the justice system and build a stable, rewarding life.

We are always looking for excellent candidates – click on the button below to learn more.

We have no other current job 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!