March 2017

May 2015

A guide to employing ex-offenders

By | 28th May, 2015|News|

"Recruiting safety and fairly: a practical guide to employing ex-offenders" Nacro’s 'Employer Advice Service', supported by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), has produced this publication aimed at employers and recruiters. The guidance outlines how to implement fair, safe and responsible policies and practices for employing [...]

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 – [...]

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 [...]

Young People supporting Blue Sky

By | 4th November, 2014|News|

The Challenge is a national charity with a mission to connect and inspire young people to strengthen their communities. A couple of months ago Steve, Minta, Vilome and some others gave a talk to a group of teenagers from The Challenge about Blue Sky and how we work to help the local community. From that visit [...]

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 [...]