Personal Stories

Stories & experiences of Workfare

  1. I am a volunteer here, as I`d been told they don`t use Workfare, but I`ve seen several people coming direct from jobcentre under threat of sanctions (one young lad was sanctioned & still told to return, he is now at Halfords for 2 months on workfare). We also have people sent here from jobcentre that are ill, one of which was previously sent to Acomb` Heart Foundation but was made to leave as insurance wouldn`t cover her. Another non-volunteer was also made to leave Scope to go to another charity shop to do the same for "learning experience" but they had no places spare, so she was forced to attend a park for six months courtesy of G4S.Scope may not be claiming to use Workfare, but it clearly is.

Name and Shame Data

Information from Name and Shame reports


Feb, 2016


  1. Feb 2016 for 4 week(s)
    Mandatory Work Activity
    61 York Rd, York, York YO24 4LN, UK
  2. Jul 2015 for 26 week(s)
    Community Work Placement
    56 Longbridge Rd, Barking, Greater London IG11 8RT, UK
  3. Jul 2014 for 6 week(s)
    Mandatory Work Activity
    12 Market Pl, Wednesbury, West Midlands WS10 7AX, UK
  4. Mar 2014 for 4 week(s)
    Mandatory Work Activity
    Spring Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6BJ, UK