Making it Out

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Have you been involved in growing a small business or social enterprise? Would you like to help steer an innovative and fast growing social enterprise helping to reduce re-offending? Perhaps you've got some experience of the criminal justice system yourself. If so, please read on... you may be the kind of person we're looking for. 

At Making it Out we're trying to do things differently, so we can be a little difficult to define. Resting somewhere between supportive charity and a design agency or manufacturing business and resettlement service, we bridge gaps between different parts of society and build better relationships that reduce the likelihood of crime being committed.

​We work directly with local prisons and probation services as well as local statutory and voluntary services to identify individuals that are in need of some structured occupational support, either on release from prison, or to help avoid going there in the first place. 

Making It Out was established in 2018 to address the lack of meaningful regular activity for people who have recently left prison or are at risk of going there. We have grown significantly in the last two years with more staff and participants. We are based in Portslade and are increasing our capacity by taking on a new premises in conjunction with One Church.

We engage individuals in voluntary work placements that focus on taking part in art, design and other creative making disciplines. Participants attend our workshop regularly, initially identify what they would like to gain from working with us and then work towards this supported by our staff and other participants.

The charity is managed by our CEO and Board of Trustees, with an evolving level of involvement from staff and participants into decision making management. The Board of Trustees is essential to supporting the work of the organisation, our small but growing staff team, our funding needs, our workshops and our strategic direction. Trustees play an active role in the direction of the charity, taking on different responsibilities that align best with their experience and connections. The board meets at least every 3 months.

We currently have 4 Trustees with experience in governance, criminal justice, social work, homelessness and finance. We are keen to recruit two new Trustees with skills and experience which complement the current board. 


We are keen to hear from people who have a background in business growth, specifically in the social enterprise and voluntary sectors.

We are also keen to diversify the board and find individuals who have direct experience of some of the issues that we are aiming to address.

Whilst not essential, knowledge of issues and policy surrounding the criminal justice sector would be beneficial. As would experience of local fundraising or useful connections within the voluntary sector.


If I were a volunteer looking at this opportunity I would be excited by the success to date of this new and innovative organisation which is making a real difference to people's lives.

I would be inspired by the potential to develop a more constructive approach to rehabilitation  encouraging greater independence in a positive, caring environment. 

When do I need to be available?

Details Trustees do much of their volunteering from home and visit our workshops from time to time. Meetings are at weekends every 6 weeks.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

1-3 Church Road
BN41 1LB

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  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
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