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Help us to help others

If you’ve got a criminal record we’d love to hear your story. Whether it inspires others through our online resources or helps us address inequalities at a policy level, your experiences are invaluable to us.

Help us to change the system

Through our policy and campaign work, we work with government departments and other organisations to address systemic and structural issues. We’re always looking to understand the challenges that people with convictions are facing. This is where we need your help, so that we can better challenge unfair policies and practices. We have a list of priorities that we’re proactively seeking personal experiences and evidence on. If you can help please get in touch.

Write for our Community

Your story has the power to help inspire others. The Community is a place for you to share your story, views and opinions. It’s independent, impartial and honest. If you’ve got a criminal record you can share your story by writing something for us. And of course we’ll always make sure your identity is protected. If you’d like to contribute, email us at community@unlock.org.uk.

Participate in media work with us

Occasionally, we work with journalists and others to raise awareness of the barriers people with criminal records face. In order to help the general public understand the issues, it’s helpful to include the voice and story of someone with experience of the problems. If you would potentially be interested in sharing your story in the media (for example being interviewed by a journalist for a print article, or on the radio) please provide your details on this form.

We will always do our best to ensure anonymity for people who need it.

Connect with others

If you’ve got a bit more time theForum gives people with convictions the opportunity to provide peer-to-peer information, advice and support to others with criminal records. Our forum is run on the principle of peer support. It’s a place for people to share their views and experiences, and also raise awareness of issues that people with criminal records are facing. It’s also a place that people go to for support. That’s why we’re always keen to encourage people with criminal records to be active contributors. Visit the forum and find out more

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