December 2014

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 – [...]

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 [...]

March 2015

Carwyn’s Blog – The stuff of dreams at ‘Stitch in Time’

By | 19th March, 2015|Blog, Carwyn's blog, Blue Sky Inside, News|

“We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams” Willy Wonka played by Gene Wilder in 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory' (1971) I catch up with Maureen, one of Blue Sky Inside’s employees at the Stitch in Time textiles workshop at HMP Bronzefield, a few days before she’s due to be released. I [...]

October 2014

Our new film – “A Stitch in Time”

By | 9th October, 2014|Video, Blue Sky Inside, News|

WATCH IT NOW Blue Sky Inside's "Stitch in Time" workshop has been operating in a women’s high security prison for two years so we wanted to give some of our employees the platform to tell their stories. The film also showcases what the women can produce and achieve: from making cotton dustbags for Anya Hindmarch [...]

June 2014

Carwyn’s blog – Hearts from offcuts

By | 16th June, 2014|Blog, Carwyn's blog, Blue Sky Inside, News|

I return to HMP & YOI Bronzefield, a women’s high-security prison in Surrey, to catch up with 'Stitch in Time', Blue Sky Inside’s textiles workshop that produces fashion items and luxury goods for leading brands together with haute couture garments for fashion shows. It’s a pleasure to be back having first visited the workshop earlier [...]

Blue Sky Inside production

By | 10th June, 2014|Blue Sky Inside, News|

We have just hit another milestone in the Stitch in Time workshop. We have produced a massive 30,000 products since operations began. This grand total includes: 19,642 Anya Hindmarch dustbags 8,050 jewellery bags 2,318 other products including table linen for Harris Loves, goodie bags for the Old Bailey fashion show, Bridget bags for ET Games and [...]

June 2015

Carwyn’s blog: The puzzles of life at HMP High Down

By | 3rd June, 2015|Blog, Carwyn's blog, Blue Sky Inside, News|

Our new MD Kate Markey and I visit Blue Sky Inside's workshop at HMP High Down. The workshop employs prisoners to make wooden puzzle games called ‘Bridget’ for Et Games. We also run a small textiles workshop at the prison making canvas bags in which the games are sold. In the prison visitors’ waiting room, [...]

Through the gate support – a new Community Worker

By | 1st June, 2015|Blue Sky Inside, News|

Yvonne Williams – Blue Sky Inside’s Community Worker Back in 2007 Yvonne applied to our merger partner RAPt’s apprenticeship scheme. She was successful and throughout the six months she was trained in facilitating group work and coping with difficult situations amongst many other things. On graduating the scheme she became a Drug and Alcohol Worker. [...]

April 2014

A Fashion Show in The Old Bailey

By | 30th April, 2014|Blue Sky Inside, News|

“This is about helping ex-offenders to walk a new path, and to equip them with the tools they need. With support, there is always a way back – and this amazing dress is testament to what can be achieved. Only by supporting people into new, healthy and fulfilling lives can we break the cycle of [...]