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How Can You Help?

Help us to unlock the potential of ex-offenders at risk.


On average, we work with about 400 people from London each year, helping them shape an alternative and positive future. By investing in our work in prisons and the community you are making a pledge to reduce crime and improve the future of London.


Your donation matters and every penny invested helps to build communities and change lives.

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We are passionate about volunteering at Only Connect and want all our volunteering opportunities to have mutual benefit for both volunteers and the organisation. We recognise that volunteers can make a significant contribution to our objectives. We are looking for positive and enthusiastic people who are patient with clients, our Members and staff.

There are several ways in which you can volunteer at Only Connect. We have opportunities to work directly with our Members and support our fantastic team of case workers. You could also be a part of the back office team, supporting our research and fundraising.


  • Keyworking: Become part of our frontline team! You will be helping make the transition from prison to the Outside as smooth as possible for young people. If you are passionate about mentoring and supporting ex-offenders reintegrate society please get in touch with us to find out more. At least 2 days per week for 3 months to allow for security clearance. This is ideal for year-long student placements.

  • Relationship workshops in prison: We are starting to run courses in prisons to strengthen prisoners intimate relationships. We would welcome volunteers with commitment to this approach and the wisdom to handle this difficult subject. Around 2 days per month.

  • Employability workshops in prison: You will be helping our team organise and run employability workshops in prison. Around 2 days per month.

  • Music course: You will be helping our music project co-ordinator Benjamin Digby organise and run our music course. You will be supporting our very talented members write, record, edit and produce music in our studio at Cubitt Street. Around 1 day per week for three months (relevant skills necessary)

  • Reception In the building: Only Connect raises revenue from renting out a co-working and event space within the Cubitt Street office. Your primary responsibility will be to meet & greet and welcome all visitors coming into the building and to have knowledge of the companies housed in Cubitt Street. Around 1-2 days per week.

  • Fundraising internship: We are looking for an enthusiastic intern with an interest in the criminal justice sector and a desire to gain experience in fundraising and communications. You will support the work of the fundraising and M&E manager and, from time to time, the wider team. This role will enable you to develop your communication and research skills, learn about trust fundraising by writing and developing content, and build an understanding of the charity sector. At least 2 days per week for 3 months.


Former volunteers have gone on to exciting new opportunities such as further education and careers in the criminal justice sector including the National Probation Service and the Home Office.


We treat our volunteers as members of the team, we value their work and are grateful for the time they dedicate to Only Connect. We want our volunteers to feel comfortable sharing difficulties and challenges with colleagues in order to better guide and support them. It is important for volunteers to be reliable and remain committed to our mission as we want to offer the best service for vulnerable people.

To apply as a volunteer:

Please send your CV to

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