Development and Communications Assistant

Job Description – Development and Communications Assistant

User Voice exists to reduce offending by presenting the voice of the most marginalised people in and around the criminal justice system to decision makers. It is an organisation led and delivered by ex-offenders, founded by Mark Johnson, award-winning social entrepreneur and author of his bestselling memoir, Wasted.

User Voice delivers a service user-led rehabilitation experience to assist people caught up in the criminal justice system find a path to successful living; better criminal justice services and institutions; and policy change that will mainstream the inclusion of the user voice.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to gain experience, skills and knowledge across both organisations – an innovative charity.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and creative volunteer Communications and Development Assistant to work in our London office. They will be responsible for supporting our growing team’s communications needs.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to gain knowledge of the criminal justice system and develop skills and experience in communicating what we do by developing funding streams and using digital/social media while being involved with an innovative charity.

Personal Specification

We require a forward thinking volunteer with strong research skills, a flair for writing, confident using digital media platforms and the ability to be proactive and work largely unsupervised. We are looking for a high calibre graduate, ideally in politics, or criminology but we will welcome applications from graduates from other disciplines, with excellent IT skills and a genuine interest in criminal justice and social policy to help with the growth of this exciting and innovative organisation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research background material for funding applications;
  • Identify new funding opportunities;
  • Assist with drafting funding applications;
  • Identify methods and avenues for publicising and marketing the work of User Voice;
  • Assisting with creating content and campaigns for our digital media platforms;
  • General administrative duties.

What this role can offer

  • Invaluable experience working within a criminal justice system charity as well as the opportunity to be involved with a start up at an exciting stage in its development;
  • The space to develop existing skills and gain new ones in a practical working environment;
  • The opportunity to see your work on our digital & social media platforms;
  • Work experience to add to your CV;
  • Support from a motivated and enthusiastic team;
  • A valuable experience contributing to real social change;
  • Reimbursement of London travel expenses.

PLEASE NOTE: Interviews will be on a rolling basis and start date is as soon as possible.


2/3 days per week (with some flexibility)

We particularly welcome applications from ex-offenders and from all sections of the community regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability.

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