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In Conversation with... Natasha Finlayson

Season 1, Ep. 89

This week Edwina speaks to Natasha Finlayson, Chief Executive of Working Chance. Working Chance is the UK's only employment charity solely for women with convictions. In this episode Natasha explains the support they provide to women and the impressive outcomes they achieve, including 90% of women using their employment service securing a job.

 

Natasha also outlines recent research by Working Chance which shows just how much stigma still exists from employers towards people with past convictions, and their important work to tackle this.

 

Working Chance also work with policymakers, politicians and employers to share knowledge about what helps women with convictions to secure employment, and to dismantle the systems and barriers that hold them back.

 

You can find out more about Working Chance here: https://workingchance.org/

 

Follow Working Chance on Twitter @WorkingChance


Read more about the One Small Thing charity here.


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