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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 hayley@switchback.org.uk. 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 team@switchback.org.uk.

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 team@switchback.org.uk.

Job Vacancies

Partnerships Manager

£28,000 – £32,000 pro-rata
Permanent, 3-5 days per week (negotiable)
Deadline: Tuesday 4th May at 10am

Are you an experienced relationships manager looking for the next step? Would you relish the chance to identify, build and maintain high-quality relationships with key delivery partners to enable young prison-leavers in London to build stable, rewarding lives they can be proud of? 

Then join Switchback as our new Partnerships Manager. 

Switchback is an award-winning charity supporting young men to find a way out of the justice system and build stable, rewarding lives. Building on 13 years of impact, Switchback is growing fast and setting our sights higher than ever, aiming to reach even more prison-leavers while inspiring change across the system. The pandemic has created an even greater challenging in relation to supporting Trainees into meaningful training and employment. To achieve our goal of reaching more prison-leavers we need excellent relationships with real-work training partners and employers to support our Trainees on release. That is where you will come in. 

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

About the role 

You will take ownership of identifying, maintaining and nurturing long-lasting relationships with training organisations and employers. This will involve reinvigorating existing relationships alongside developing a limited range of new ones. Working alongside the Head of Delivery and the CEO, you will ensure all our partner interactions are consistent with Switchback’s values and strategic aims to reach more young men and drive change across the justice system. You will effectively organise information about our partners to enable our Switchback Mentors to connect out Trainees with meaningful opportunities.  

We have built a fantastic reputation for strong relationship-building with partners across different sectors. Now we need someone to take this to the next level as we grow and become a bigger organisation providing more opportunities to more young prison-leavers. 

About you 

You’ll be an outgoing individual with at least two years’ experience of working in a relationshipbuilding role, and a strong understanding of the enablers of great partnerships. You will be organised with excellent attention to detail. You will also have experience of business / contracts and making the most of every partnership opportunity. Knowledge of the justice system or the catering industry would be a plus, but is not essential. 

Keen to work in a small team, you will be excited about the chance to nurture existing relationships and develop new ones to achieve Switchback aims. Above all, you’ll have a passion for Switchback’s ambition and purpose as a charity and a good understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by prison-leavers or people in poverty. 

About Switchback 

You will be joining a small, dynamic team at an exciting time of growth and development for Switchback. We put our Trainees at the heart of everything we do and every role here is closely connected to our frontline work. In the world our Trainees live in, relationships come and go, but at Switchback we are proud to offer support that is both intensive and long term, enabling the potential for real, lasting change. In 2019, Switchback was the proud winner of the Longford Prize, recognised by the judges as “focussed, inspiring resettlement charity that is a beacon of hope at a time of chaos”. Find our more at www.switchback.org.uk. 

How to apply: 

Please download read the full Job Description. Then email the following to jobs@switchback.org.uk with the subject Partnerships Manager: 

  1. Your CV 
  2. Cover letter (max 600 words) 
  3. A completed equalities monitoring form (this will be treated anonymously and separated from your application entirely). 

Finance and Facilities Officer

£26,000 – £28,000 pro-rata
Permanent, 4 days per week
Deadline: Monday 19th April at 10am

Are you passionate about robust financial management and take pride in well-ordered, clean and safe office spaces? Would you relish the opportunity to strengthen the financial operations and smooth running of Switchback’s office as our award-winning team grows? 

Then join Switchback as our new Finance and Facilities Officer. 

Switchback is an award-winning charity supporting young men to find a way out of the justice system and build stable, rewarding lives. Building on 13 years of impact, Switchback is growing fast and setting our sights higher than ever, aiming to reach even more prison-leavers while inspiring change across the system. This growth involves us growing our team and increasing complexity in our financial operations. And we need high quality financial management and great facilities to support this growth. That is where you will come in. 

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

About the role 

Working with our new COO, you will have responsibility for the smooth day to day financial management of Switchback. You will be responsible for daily management of our Xero accounting software, ensuring this is kept up to date in a timely and accurate fashion. You will be responsible for managing all financial processes, such as payments, invoicing and bank reconciliations. You will work with the COO to produce our monthly management accounts, annual accounts and other financial reports. You will be responsible for the smooth, safe and clean functioning of our office and be the face of Switchback to Trainees and guests. This will include managing our office risk register and ensuring the space is safe. You will manage supplies, stock and resources to ensure the team they have the team have everything they need in their roles. You will be the first point of contact for office relationships, including the landlord. You will work closely with the COO on any office expansion that we undertake.   

About you 

You will be an outgoing individual, who is highly organised with excellent attention to detail. You will be highly numerate, with good experience of financial and facilities management. You will be keen to work in a small team and excited about the idea of helping others to be their best and putting in place systems and processes to make that possible. Above all, you’ll have a passion for Switchback’s ambition and purpose as a charity and a good understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by prison-leavers or people in poverty. 

How to apply: 

Please download read the full Job Description. Then email the following to jobs@switchback.org.uk with the subject Facilities and Finance Officer: 

  1. Your CV 
  2. Cover letter (max 600 words) 
  3. A completed equalities monitoring form (this will be treated anonymously and separated from your application entirely). 

HR and Operations Officer

£26,000 – £28,000 per annum 
Permanent, full time.
Deadline: Monday 19th April at 10am

Are you an experienced operations professional who is passionate about HR and operational effectiveness? Would you relish the opportunity to take responsibility for the development of our HR and operations practice during a period of significant growth? 

Then join Switchback as our HR and Operations Officer and you will soon be responsible for how we recruit, onboard and develop our passionate staff team and ensuring our operational systems and processes are in place to enable them to be their best. 

Building on 13 years of impact, Switchback is growing fast and setting our sights higher than ever, aiming to reach even more prison-leavers while inspiring change across the system. This growth involves us expanding our team by nearly 100% over the coming year and we need high quality HR and operational processes in place to make that possible. That is where you will come in. 

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

About the role 

Working with our new COO, you will have day-to-day management responsibility for our HR and key operational processes. You will refine and enhance our recruitment, onboarding and retention practice, working with hiring managers to enable us to expand our team by nearly 100% over the coming year. You will help us to enhance our performance management processes, drawing on expertise from the wider sector. You will work with the leadership team to identify and implement training and development opportunities of value to the organisation. You will also provide governance support to another key group of personnel in the Switchback family, the Board of Trustees. In addition to your HR responsibilities, you will provide day-to-day management of our IT operations, working with our external IT consultants to ensure our team have everything they need to focus on being their best. 

About you 

You will be an outgoing individual who is passionate about HR and operational effectiveness. You will be excited by the idea of helping others to be their best and putting in place systems and processes to make that possible. You will be keen to work in a small team and excited about the opportunity to make signification contributions to developing our practice and process in key operational areas. You will be hungry about the opportunity for growth presented by a growing team. Above all, you’ll have a passion for Switchback’s ambition and purpose as a charity and a good understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by prison-leavers or people in poverty. 

How to apply: 

Please download read the full Job Description. Then email the following to jobs@switchback.org.uk with the subject HR and Operations Officer: 

  1. Your CV 
  2. Cover letter (max 600 words) 
  3. A completed equalities monitoring form (this will be treated anonymously and separated from your application entirely). 

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 jobs@switchback.org.uk.

Volunteering

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 team@switchback.org.uk to express an interest!