November 2014

Army —> Prison —> support from Blue Sky & Amey

By | 27th November, 2014|Case Study, News|

After joining the British Army aged 17 Wayne served two tours in Northern Ireland as a trooper in the late 1980s. He saw some horrific incidents during that time involving some of his close friends and colleagues “that really affected” him, he said. On returning home he slowly adjusted back into civilian life even got [...]

Ex-offenders in The City’s kitchens

By | 7th November, 2014|Case Study, News|

In April 2014 Princess was recruited by Blue Sky to work in the Sodexo Prestige team that runs the London kitchens of Nabarro, a leading UK law firm. Princess had previous experience in the catering industry but had not been able to secure a permanent post anywhere in the recent past. As she explained “it's [...]

April 2015

February 2015

Prisoner to Gardener to Full-time Bus Driver – Shanitta’s Story

By | 20th February, 2015|Case Study, News|

Aged 23 and with 3 young children to support Shanitta was arrested for a drugs offence and handed a prison sentence. She appreciates that she was fortunate to have a loving family who could take care of her kids while she was inside. Shanitta had heard about Blue Sky from a friend years ago and [...]

July 2014

Steve telling his story

By | 8th July, 2014|Blog, Case Study, Steve's blog, News|

Steve was recently asked to go on Prison Radio to talk about Blue Sky and explain to the listeners about what it means to him specifically. 84% of England & Wales' prison population reportedly listen to Prison Radio so this broadcast would have reached a huge number of people. We are pleased that we are also [...]

September 2014

Tristan’s story in his own words

By | 16th September, 2014|Case Study, News|

“I’m 27 years old and work on the recycling team with Veolia in Richmond. It’s hard work but I really enjoy being outdoors everyday. By giving me this job Blue Sky has definitely helped to keep me on the straight and narrow. Being in work has improved my family life loads, especially my relationship with [...]

August 2014

March 2014

Jo’s story – housing and a job on release

By | 1st March, 2014|Case Study, News|

Down in Cornwall Jo was waitressing work to get by and support her family. Her issue was that the work was seasonal so for large chunks of the year she was really struggling for money. It was particularly hard over winter when her 3 kids were on Christmas holidays and expecting presents. To make matters [...]

February 2014

Released from prison to employment

By | 7th February, 2014|Case Study, News|

Andrea's Story During her time in the Stitch in Time workshop Andrea excelled in all tasks she was given. She was identified by Allison Enenche, Programme Manager, as a person who would be ideal to refer to Working Chance. Working Chance is a London-based charitable social enterprise that helps women with criminal convictions to find [...]