Blue Sky selected for The Big Give

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We’re delighted to let you know that Blue Sky has  been selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016, the UK’s largest match funding campaign.

Blue Sky is raising money for Employing ex-offenders, bridging the UK skills gap, a project to create real jobs and targeted training programmes for ex-offenders within growth sectors of the economy, giving those leaving prison an opportunity to turn away from crime, and helping to reduce re-offending and its huge social cost while also plugging skills gaps in industries such as construction and distribution.  Full details of the need for the project, aims and impact can be found here.

By donating to our project when the Christmas Challenge goes live (between  12pm on 29th November and 12pm, Friday 2nd December) the value of your gift will be doubled through match funding from a Big Give Charity Champion, a third party philanthropist. We are looking to raise £15,000 in online donations over the period of the Challenge, matched to generate a total of £30,000 to support our work.

If you’d like to support our project then please email Carwyn Gravell, Development Director ( with the amount you’d like to give. We will then get in touch closer to the time of the Christmas Challenge with details of how to donate online.

We very much hope that you’re able to support our work – more crucial than ever at a time when resources in prison are stretched and morale is at an all-time low – and to offer hope, purpose, and a second chance in life to people like Irvin, pictured below, and many more like him.

“On leaving prison after 8 years, my prospects weren’t good. I thought, ‘Who’s going to employ an ex-offender?’

But then I found Blue Sky and I’ve never looked back.”


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