Blue Sky grew from a concept of Mick May’s and was formally incorporated in 2005 with the sole aim of creating jobs for people coming out of jail. Mick (a former City banker) set up Blue Sky after meeting Steve Finn (a former bank robber) who told him how difficult it was to find a job with a criminal record. Mick named Blue Sky from a line in one of his favourite poems.
With Steve (now a senior manager at Blue Sky) as his first recruit, Mick set off on a journey that has seen Blue Sky grow to create jobs for ex-offenders in both public and private sectors, including companies such as Amey, Veolia, Virgin Active, River Island, Nabarro and Deloitte. Mick May stepped down as CEO of Blue Sky in 2015 but remains involved as a proud Patron.
Awards and Endorsements
Centre for Social Justice Award Winner for ‘an outstanding poverty fighting organisation’, 2009
Winner in ‘Social Care and Welfare’ category – Charity Awards, 2010 and 2015
England’s Social Enterprise of the Year, 2011
One of 10 Downing Street’s two Social Action Partners for 2011
Winner of the ‘Enterprise’ award in the Third Sector Excellence Awards, 2012
Blue Sky was chosen as one of the 30 Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers
In 2014, Blue Sky became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the The Forward Trust (then RAPt – Registered Charity No. 1001701, Registered Company No. 2560474). In 2017 RAPt and Blue Sky merged under the new name The Forward Trust. For more information about Forward please visit their website. Forward is seeking to develop employment pathways from custody to community to support offenders in recovery from addiction (who are further away from the labour market and at higher risk of re-offending).