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Blue Sky wins tenth major award in ten years

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Blue Sky is proud to win the Third Sector Business Charity Award for its partnership with Veolia, its tenth major award in ten years.                                                                                     The award presented last night at the Hilton London Bankside acknowledges a partnership between Blue Sky, a social enterprise that reduces re-offending through employment, and Veolia, an environmental services… Read more »

Blue Sky is now registered in the Hardman Directory where you can find other support and grants. . . .

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  The Hardman Directory was formerly known as The Prisoner Funder Directory. The Directory aims to meet the need of prisoners and ex-offenders for accurate, up-to-date information on the funding available to those who are seeking to rebuild their lives and to contribute in a productive way to their home communities as part of an… Read more »

Amey celebrates 10 year partnership with Blue Sky

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Amey and social enterprise, Blue Sky, are celebrating 10 years of partnership and more than 300 new hires – all of whom are ex-offenders. Launched in 2005, Blue Sky was created with the aim of getting more ex-offenders into meaningful employment and to help reduce the risk of reoffending. To date, the social enterprise has… Read more »

Blue Sky Patron Mick May Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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  The winners of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) Employability Awards 2015, sponsored by Seetec, were announced yesterday at a special ceremony in London hosted by Baroness Stedman-Scott, with guest speaker, the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Minister for Employment. The award judges were Ed Cox, Director of IPPR North; Elisabeth Paulson, Investment Director,… Read more »

On the catwalk with conviction

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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… Read more »

Minister gets a gardening lesson, and a message of hope

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Also inspirational were our merger partners RAPt, which helps over 20,000 offenders with substance misuse problems every year, working in 26 prisons in England and Wales. We are working with RAPt to create a referral pathway to take on graduates of its prison rehab programmes as Blue Sky employees, with a particular interest in employing… Read more »

A visit from the Secretary of State for Justice…

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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… Read more »

Carwyn’s blog – A sewing machine for Christmas…

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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 –… Read more »