We provide practical support to prisoners of conscience to enable them to live safe, free and self sufficient lives through our Package of Support. Some of the key elements include:
We have launched an Employability Panel of trusted, specialist organisations who may be able to assist our beneficiaries to find meaningful, skills-related employment. Find out more here.
PoC Alumni Forum
This is a secure platform where PoC beneficiaries can share messages, thoughts and experiences. It is a safe space to share information, promote integration, and to improve employment and study prospects.
Volunteering for POC
We welcome beneficiaries who are interested in our work and are keen to gain valuable experience in a human rights organisation to volunteer for PoC or serve as trustee members. This can help them to put their skills into practice, carry on their vital work of defending human rights and improve their employment prospects.
We understand that access to a computer and the internet is essential. Employment, education and participation within society has become increasingly reliant on technology. PoC has partnered with Computer Aid, a non-profit organisation active in the field of Information and Communication Technologies for Development, who provide us with low-cost computers for our beneficiaries.
Advisory and legal services
Many of our beneficiaries require legal advice due to the circumstances they face, ranging from refugee, immigration, housing and benefits advice. We provide signposting to advisory and legal services that might be able to assist, often pro-bono.
Mental health services
Many prisoners of conscience, who face persecution and are often forced into exile, may require some form of therapy and mental support. We partner with a number of mental health services and we signpost those who need support to an appropriate organisation.
Collaboration and signposting to other NGOs
PoC works with other NGOs to amplify the voices of prisoners of conscience and help uphold and protect human rights around the world. We also provide signposting to other NGOs whose services, such as refugee assistance, integration and human rights campaigning, may be helpful to beneficiaries.