June 2017

Steve Finn receives Above and Beyond award from HACRO

By | 7th June, 2017|Blog|

Blue Sky Teams Director Steve Finn was awarded the ‘Above and Beyond’ award at the inaugural HACRO Achievement Awards on 31st May 2017. The award recognises Steve for his courage, energy and tenacity in helping to build the Blue Sky organisation which has made him a role model for people leaving prison. The HACRO Achievement [...]

May 2017

Procurement a ‘driving force for social change’

By | 20th May, 2017|Blog|

Blue Sky is proud of our long-standing parnterhsip with Amey, which was recently acknowledged by shortlist nominations for two national awards: the National CSR Awards for ‘Partnership in the Community’, and the Better Society Award for ‘Innovation’. By working through Blue Sky Agency to place ex-offenders into a range of jobs within their environmental services [...]

March 2017

Blue Sky Agency diversifies into new sectors

By | 19th March, 2017|Blog|

Blue Sky Agency, offering companies a value-added alternative source of temporary labour within their supply chains, is proud to announce a number of new commercial partnerships that take us into new industry sectors. Building on our strong track record in grounds maintenance and waste management, we have diversified in recent months into food manufacturing (in [...]

April 2017

Supporting Prison Learners at HMP Wandsworth

By | 1st April, 2017|Blog|

Blue Sky Skills, which delivers vocational training and employability programmes in prison, is to start a new partnership with HMP Wandsworth. Blue Sky Skills will support the prison’s Centre for Excellence in Facilities Management, delivering accredited training in waste management, leading to employment opportunities with Blue Sky on the outside. We will also be delivering [...]

Kate’s Blog: New partners, new sectors, new jobs…

By | 19th April, 2017|Blog|

Nobody ever changed anything without optimism, and it is with this spirit (plus a good dose of Blue Sky’s particular humour) that we start the Spring season and a new financial year. Reflecting back on the last 12 months, I wanted to thank you, our Friends, Supporters and Colleagues, for your continued belief in our [...]

Sheridan’s story: leaving behind the fast lane of crime

By | 19th April, 2017|Blog|

Sheridan had been in and out of crime for most of his adult life. A life-long Londoner, he’d done various gardening jobs over the years but nothing permanent, and no thought of a career. With little to live on, the temptation of crime was always there to earn some extra money. He got involved in [...]

December 2014

A visit from the Secretary of State for Justice…

By | 5th December, 2014|Blog, News|

We were delighted to be asked by the MP for Ealing Central and Acton Angie Bray to take a lead role in an event which would demonstrate the invaluable work being carried out in her constituency through the incredibly successful partnership between Blue Sky and Amey. On 3rd December Blue Sky and other representatives from [...]

Carwyn’s blog – A sewing machine for Christmas…

By | 1st December, 2014|Blog, Carwyn's blog, Blue Sky Inside, News|

Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming Will Prochaska, Ben Houghton, Gail Jones and Philippa Harrison from RAPt (Blue Sky’s merger partner) to our Stitch in Time textiles workshop at HMP/YOI Bronzefield. As workshop manager Allison Enenche showed our guests what Stitch in Time produces (from bags for Anya Hindmarch to haute couture garments – [...]

October 2014

Carwyn’s blog – ‘A good sweat’

By | 22nd October, 2014|Blog, Carwyn's blog, News|

Last week we were delighted to welcome Cristina Fernandez and Julie Muir from the Recovery Support Team of prison drug and alcohol charity RAPt, our new merger partners. It was the first of many encounters between the organisations over the coming months as we learn more about each other’s services, and explore exciting new possibilities [...]

April 2015

On the catwalk with conviction

By | 1st April, 2015|Blog, Blue Sky Inside, News|

Following on from a highly successful fashion show at the Old Bailey last year, Blue Sky was very pleased to be involved in another one, this time in The Mansion House. This year Mencap is the charity being supported by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal so Gilly Yarrow, the Lady Mayoress, decided to turn The Mansion [...]