Lived Experience Trustees Training Programme

Applications Now Open

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To apply to take part in the Lived Experience Trustees training programme, please submit either a written application or video application. Please note that submissions made after the deadline will not be considered. 


We welcome applications from all women with lived experience of the prison system regardless of their age, experience, disability, ethnicity, heritage, sexuality and socio-economic background.


We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic candidates, as these groups are currently underrepresented on charity boards. We are committed to addressing this imbalance, so at least half of the participants selected to take part in the programme will be from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic backgrounds.

Full programme details, including Frequently Asked Questions are available on the Social Practice Academy site. Should you have any questions about the application process, please email

General Criteria: 

  • Women with lived experience of the prison system 

  • Strong interest in volunteering in the charity sector 

  • Able to commit to our 6-week online programme and attend board meetings once placed with a charity 

  • Willing to speak your mind and help shape the long term plans of your charity. 

Key dates 2021:

  • Thursday 25 March: Applications Open

  • Thursday 22 April: Applications deadline, 5pm

  • Week commencing Monday 26 April: Interviews

  • Thursday 13 May: Training programme starts (Thursday evenings)