‘Employing (ex)offenders in the VCSE Sector’


Voluntary Sector North West present their next event on

Wednesday 19th May 4pm-5pm Register NOW.

As we exit the pandemic all reports suggest that the employment rate will improve, whether this will be a gradual improvement or a sudden spike remains to be seen. However, it is recognised that it will be some time before employment rates return to pre-pandemic days. This will affect many households and in particular those who already face barriers in accessing employment. 

(Ex)offenders are a high-risk group when it comes to difficulties finding work; without a job, the risk of reoffending is higher than would otherwise be the case. This hour long seminar, organised by VSNW, will hear from businesses who have a positive process recruiting from prison and also from a community development worker who works full time with ex-offenders with the aim of finding them employment.

We are delighted to announce the following guest speakers:

Farhana Musarat, Project Officer at Lancashire BME Networkin Blackburn. She is leading on work with ex-offenders and guiding into employment. Skilled in Communication, Leadership, Writing, Project Management, offender rehabilitation and Customer Service she brings a wide range of perspectives to this event. 

Annie Gale, Head of RAW Talent & Apprenticeships at COOK Trading LTD.  Annie believes in people’s potential – whatever their past – to do a fantastic job and oversees the ‘RAW Talent’ programme at COOK. This supports people from prison / homelessness / addiction / mental ill health into meaningful, sustainable work. Annie will be accompanied by John, one of the team recruited under the Raw Talent programme.

Darren Burns, National Recruitment Manager, Timpson Group and Timpson Foundation. He specialises in the recruitment and retention of ex-offenders, veterans and others who face barriers to employment, and also fosters relationships with many UK prisons and agencies such as Police and Probation services. He also manages Timpson prison training academies and is responsible for overseeing the transition from custody into the work place.

We will hear from all of our speakers in turn then move into a Q&A panel discussion, where you will be able to ask your questions to our guests. 

Once registered for the event, Zoom joining details will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.