Building Opportunities Skills and Success (BOSS)

3 Pendyris Street, Cardiff, CF11 6RJ

All Wales

02921 674 381

Building Opportunities, Skills and Success for ex-offenders

Preventing homelessness through BOSS

Having a criminal record puts people at higher risk of homelessness

The BOSS project aims to re-integrate ex-offenders into their communities by giving them the skills, qualifications, confidence and support they need to gain employment or set up their own business.

The issues of homelessness and criminal behaviour are linked as a criminal record and time spent in prison can cause people to lose their job and their home.

Time spent away from the workplace and repeated rejection from employers can cause a loss of confidence that prevents ex-offenders from returning to work.

How does BOSS help ex-offenders get back into work?


“If you mention the words ‘criminal record’ or ‘police’ you’re unlikely to even get your foot past the door.

BOSS provides employability and entrepreneurship training to ex-offenders and prisoners serving sentences in South Wales at Cardiff, Swansea, Parc Bridgend, Usk and Prescoed prisons.

As well as training, participants are invited to take part in industry visits, regular work/volunteer placements, mock interviews and gaining industry-standard qualifications.

I’m so grateful to The Wallich for their support and feel lucky to be employed now with full disclosure of my past but a project like BOSS would’ve really helped me to overcome the issues I faced.

Pre-release training is provided through to prepare prison leavers for their transition back into communities.

Post-release work and ongoing support will help participants to stay away from crime, avoid poverty and reduce the risk of homelessness.

Wider benefits of BOSS and ex-offenders returning to work

BOSS will help reduce the strain on communities and community services by helping individuals regain control of often-chaotic lives and moving people away from a reliance on benefits.

The Wallich Boss awards - team helping ex-offenders back into work

Whilst an offending background is considered an undesirable characteristic in a potential employee, the benefits to society of helping people to break out of the cycle of re-offending are huge:

Be a BOSS Employer

Could you provide an opportunity to an ex-offender?

Read our BOSS Employer Guide about how businesses can partner with us.

Why companies should employ ex-offenders - The Wallich homelessness wales - ban the box

Contact our Corporate Liaison Coordinator via to get involved or find out more about creating employment opportunities for those with a criminal record.

BOSS is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s People & Places programme.

For more information about the project, or to refer yourself or someone else for support, please contact us.

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