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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 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

Switchback Mentors

£27,258 + training + excellent benefits | London, E1 |Full-time, Permanent

Deadline: 5pm, Mon 15th February 2021

Become a Switchback Mentor 

Are you passionate about working directly with people from marginalised communities on a 1-to-1 basis? Would you relish the chance to build relationships with young adult prison-leavers as part of an award-winning small charity in East London? 

Becoming a Switchback Mentor is a unique opportunity to build transformative relationships with young prison-leavers, supporting Switchback Trainees to find a way out of the justice system and build a stable, rewarding life. You will go into prisons to directly engage young men and continue that intensive support after release with a small caseload in the community. You will receive sector-leading training, professional development and supervision from a leading resettlement charity recognised by the Longford Prize as “a beacon of hope at a time of chaos”. 

If you are someone with at least one year’s experience of working directly with people with complex needs and looking for a unique opportunity to work in a truly person-centred way (no tick-boxes here!), we want to hear from you. 

 Switchback is committed to diversity in all that it does and strongly encourages applications from every part of the communities we serve, particularly people from BAME backgrounds and those with lived experience of the criminal justice system. All appointments are made on merit. 

About Switchback 

Switchback is an award-winning charity helping young Londoners to find a way out of the justice system and build a stable, rewarding life they can be proud of. We provide intensive one-to-one support on both sides of the prison gate alongside real-work training after release, supporting 18-30 year-old  men (Switchback Trainees) to make real, lasting change. Our long-term approach means that Switchback Trainees are five times less likely to return to custody. Building on 12 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. To do so we need more amazing people to become Switchback Mentors supporting young men through-the-gate. That’s where you come in. 

During the pandemic Switchback has rapidly reconfigured its service – pausing our in-prison work to focus on community support post-release – and in the past year we have worked with more young prison-leavers than ever before. We aim to restart our pre-release work in prisons as soon as it is safe to do so. 

About you 

We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals, brilliant at working with people and keen for the chance to be autonomous, with support. You will be able to expect the unexpected, be energetic and have a good sense of self-awareness. With a commitment to learning and furthering your own development, you will also have great attention to detail and a desire for accuracy and consistency. You will be excited about the chance to be part of a cutting-edge charity enabling some of London’s most marginalised young people to make real, lasting change in their lives. 

Training and support for this role 

Switchback has a serious commitment to Switchback Mentor development. Helping build your expertise as a therapeutic practitioner is part of the package alongside salary and benefits. In-house training in our unique award-winning change model is complemented by external training in different psychological methods of practice. And while skills development is extensive, Switchback also provides support, containment and further growth opportunities for Switchback Mentors through clinical supervision and psychologically-informed group reflective practice on a regular basis. 

How to apply 

Please click each link to download the following four documents:

Once you have read the full Job Description and the ‘Being a Switchback Mentor’ form, please email the following to jobs@switchback.org.uk with the subject SWITCHBACK MENTOR: 

  1. Your CV 
  2. A completed Switchback personal statement form 
  3. A completed equalities monitoring form (this will be treated anonymously and separated from your application entirely). 

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 that are not shortlisted for interview.

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 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!