Our support in numbers – 2019/20

As the UK went into lock-down in March 2020, Unlock came to the end of another financial year. In the year April 2019 to March 2020, our helpline was contacted by 7,803 people, 87% of whom had a criminal record. Our information hub was visited by 1,132,371 and 45,761 people used our disclosure calculator. Have […]

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We’re hiring – two new job vacancies at Unlock

We’re excited to announce two new job vacancies. We’re looking for ambitious, creative and determined individuals to join our small staff team to become our first Digital and communications manager and our first Policy officer. A summary of the roles can be found below, with links to a recruitment pack for each. To apply for […]

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Moving on: Homelessness and leaving prison

This month we’ve written a further article for Inside Time ‘Through the Gate’ section which provides information on homelessness and leaving prison. People leaving prison are often at high risk of homelessness. You may have been homeless before entering prison but you could find that your criminal record will be a further barrier to finding […]

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Job vacancy at Unlock – Fundraising Manager – Trusts and Foundations

About the role This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional individual with proven experience to join our small and successful, national charity as our Fundraising Manager. The purpose of the job is to research and identify trust and foundation funding opportunities for Unlock and maximise immediate and long-term income. The successful candidate will work […]

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The Ministry of Justice are piloting a new ‘disclosure checker’ and want your feedback

It’s been over 8 years since Unlock’s Disclosure Calculator first went live and, in the last four years alone, over 200,000 people have used it to work out when a conviction becomes spent. In 2017, we welcomed a government commitment to “update guidance for ex-offenders to ensure that it is clear, consistent and easily accessible” […]

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Help us plan our future work

As a small charity rooted in the experiences of people with a criminal record, it’s really important that our work is shaped by the needs of the people that we exist to help. We are developing our plans for Unlock’s work in the next few years. We want to make sure that they reflect what […]

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New service for hearing and speech impaired callers

To help improve the reach of our helpline, people with hearing and/or speech difficulties will now be able to contact us using the Relay UK service. Callers can download the Relay UK app to their mobile phone or tablet or use it via their textphone (Minicom or Uniphone) by adding 18001 before our helpline telephone […]

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Recently left prison and claimed Universal Credit? What do you think to the DWP’s guidance?

Last year the Department for Work and Pensions created some new guidance to help people leaving prison understand how to claim Universal Credit. To look at how effective the guidance has been and to help the DWP improve future products, they’re looking for feedback. We wanted to share this across our networks, so that people […]

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Launch of #FairChecks – A fresh start for the criminal records system

Together with the charity Transform Justice, Unlock has launched the #FairCheck movement to help push for a fresh start for the criminal records system. Our outdated criminal records regime is holding hundreds of thousands of people back from participating fully in society. Even a minor criminal history can produce lifelong barriers to employment, volunteering, housing […]

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Moving on: The seven criminal record stages – leaving prison

This month we’ve written a further article for InsideTime ‘Through the Gate’ section which provides information on one of the seven criminal record stages – leaving prison. A copy of the article can be found below. Many people who contact our helpline are looking for answers to specific questions. However, some say “I’ve just been […]

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