The Exceptionals is a campaign for social change. The campaign inspires and informs employers about the opportunity available to them in terms of working with people who have convictions.

It aims to educate businesses about the unique skills and attitude this workforce has to offer and provide insight into the hiring process. Inspired by fantastic rehabilitation projects in the UK,  The Woven Foundation spent 18 months investigating the best way we could support prisoners to transition back into the community. Our research identified great work being delivered in the sector,  but with little publicity, especially to prospective employers.

We created The Exceptionals to bridge the gap between prison leavers and employers. Our campaign focuses on routes to employment, the single most important factor in reducing reoffending and a commercial imperative for employers. Reoffending drops from over 50% to 19% when prison leavers are employed within 2 years from release. Our award-winning website, designed by GW+CO, is a central resource hub for employers looking to diversify their workforce. It features a directory of partner organisations searchable by area, free employer pack, inspirational case studies, interviews and documentary films from top employers.

For more information, visit The Exceptionals website here.