Working Well



What is Working Well?

Working Well is NIACRO’s employment support programme for people with convictions, in the community and in prison.  With nearly 50 years’ experience of offering services to people who have convictions, NIACRO understands that supporting people into employment or employment-related training significantly helps to reduce reoffending and build positive futures.  

Working Well is funded by the European Social Fund and domestic partners including the Probation Board for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

What does Working Well offer?

Many factors combine to make it difficult for people who have convictions to (re)enter employment.  Working Well offers the following suite of specialist services which, when combined, help to break down barriers to employment for all concerned, including employers, FE Colleges and training organisations. 

  1. Working Well in the Community

  • Employability Support for people in the community - Working Well staff are based in Probation and NIACRO Offices and receive referrals from Probation Officers and community sources. 
  1. Working Well in the Prison

  • POST (Positive Outcomes for Short Term Prisoners) - available in Hydebank Wood, Maghaberry and Magilligan to support prisoners serving sentences of 12 months or less to engage with services and programmes to enhance skills and support them towards release and resettlement.
  • Employability Support - for people in Maghaberry Prison and ‘through the gate’ (at and following release from custody). In the community and in prison, a Working Well Employment Officer meets individuals (one-to-one) for an (average) of 26 weeks.  Responsive to the individual’s needs and interests, support includes, for example: building confidence / self-esteem; realistic career options advice; work towards sector-specific skills/training; undertaking searches for jobs or training programmes; interview preparation; and preparing a conviction disclosure statement.

    Working Well is available to men and with women, with a specialist team supporting women. 
  1. Disclosure Advice

    • For individuals who require specialist advice to understand how to disclose a conviction or who require support if they have faced or are facing discrimination relating to their conviction. 
    • For employers/other institutions for compliance with legislative requirements, assessment of risks and dispelling myths. 

How can I access this service?

To find out more about Working Well, you can e mail us here or call us on 02890320157.  Or, if you are on Probation, you can ask your Probation Officer to refer you to your local Working Well team. 

For Disclosure Advice email our Disclosure Advice Line here.