Get Involved

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!

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.

Join Our Team

What you’ll get when you work for us:

At Switchback we offer a 35-hour week alongside 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays). After two years employment, your holiday will rise year on year to 30 days. In addition to this, you can also access a holiday buy-back scheme to purchase 10 additional days of holiday. We offer flexible working, childcare vouchers and a generous maternity/paternity leave package.

Switchback has an auto-enrollment pension scheme and an employer contribution of 5%. In addition to on-the-job training, you will also have access to a training budget so you can grow in your role. Other perks include an employee referral bonus of £200.

Our offices are based a stones throw from the bustling area of Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane, resulting in great choices for lunch as well as post-work drinks and shopping. We have great transport links with overhead and underground train station, Liverpool Street, 5 minutes walk away as well as London buses and other underground stations.

We really care about our team, which is why we have lunch together on Mondays, a number of fun team bonding days throughout the year and finish work at 4.00 on a Friday. Last but not least an impressive  selection of tea, coffee, milk and biscuits are always provided!

Switchback Mentors

**Please note: due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are still welcoming applications but interviews and start dates are likely to be subject to delay**

Salary: £26,750 – £28,950 depending on experience
Hours: Full-time: 35 hours a week
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London (Spitalfields, E1), some travel required
Reporting to: Head of Delivery
Application deadline: 10am, Monday 6 April 2020
Interviews: w/c Monday 20th April 2020

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 prison-leavers as part of an award-winning small charity in East London?

Switchback Mentors go into prisons to directly engage young men and continue that intensive support after release in the community. This is a unique opportunity to build positive, motivational relationships with a small caseload of young prison-leavers through-the-gate, enabling each Trainee to build a stable, rewarding life. You will receive sector-leading training, professional development and supervision from a cutting-edge resettlement charity recognised by the Longford Prize as “a beacon of hope at a time of chaos”.

If you are someone with 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.

To apply

Please apply with a CV (2-page max) and a covering letter (1-page max) outlining how you are a good fit for this role with clear reference to the person specification via the Charity Job website (bit.ly/swbmentor/). CVs without a cover letter will not be considered.

We also encourage you to complete the recruitment analysis form which will be separated from your application and treated as confidential. This form can be found here.

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.

Before commencing in role, you must have been cleared by prison vetting which will be arranged by Switchback unless you are already in possession of the appropriate vetting.

For more information, please see the Job Description/Person Specification as well as the Being a Switchback Mentor form.

Job description
Being a Switchback Mentor
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Communications Officer & Content Creator

**Please note: due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are still welcoming applications but interviews and start dates are likely to be subject to delay**

Salary: £24,000 – £29,000 depending on experience
Hours: Full Time or Part Time (0.6 FTE of 35 hours week minimum)
Contract type: 12 months with potential for extension
Location: London (Spitalfields, E1)
Reporting to: Head of Policy, Impact and Communications
Application deadline: 10am, Monday 6 April 2020
Interviews: w/c Monday 20th April 2020

Are you passionate about using communications to make a big difference? Would you relish the chance to work with young prison-leavers to create content for a small, impactful organisation rooted in East London? Then join Switchback as our Comms Officer & Content Creator and you could soon be accelerating our profile as a leading resettlement charity and driving change for prison-leavers across the justice system.

We’re looking for a creative self-starter with brilliant writing skills keen to get stuck into all aspect of comms at a dynamic charity delivering big impact in London. This is not your average comms role stuck in a head office – you will be closely connected to Switchback’s transformative frontline work with some of London’s most marginalised young people.

If you love social media and can create high quality written content for different audiences, we’d like to hear from you!

To apply

Please apply with a CV (2 page max) and a covering letter (1 page max) stating how you meet the person specification via the Charity Job website (http://bit.ly/swbcomms/)

CVs without a cover letter will not be considered. Please also complete the recruitment analysis form which will be separated from your application and treated as confidential. This form can be found here.

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

For more information, please see the Job Description and Person Specification.

Job description
Apply now

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 interesting 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!