Posts Categorized: Carwyn’s blog

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 »

Carwyn’s blog – ‘A good sweat’

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  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… Read more »

Carwyn’s blog – Closing the loop on re-offending

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Blue Sky is growing, winning an increasing number of commercial contracts to create jobs for ex-offenders. Since 2005 we have now employed over 940 ex-offenders, and currently have over 100 on our payroll. Building on our mainstay work over the years in grounds maintenance, Blue Sky has diversified in recent times to create employment opportunities… Read more »

Carwyn’s blog – Hearts from offcuts

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I return to HMP & YOI Bronzefield, a women’s high-security prison in Surrey, to catch up with ‘Stitch in Time’, Blue Sky Inside’s textiles workshop that produces fashion items and luxury goods for leading brands together with haute couture garments for fashion shows. It’s a pleasure to be back having first visited the workshop earlier… Read more »

Carwyn’s blog – ‘Ray from Chatham’

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A visit to meet Ray Taylor, Blue Sky supervisor and ‘Project Victor’ recruit (pictured alongside), a special initiative to employ and support ex-service personnel who are ex-offenders. Ray works in Chatham, Kent, delivering a contract for Medway Norse to maintain council grounds at historic Gun Wharf among other sites. I feel I already know Ray,… Read more »

Carwyn’s blog – Of angels and pins

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  “How many angels can dance on a pin head?” St Thomas Aquinas Blue Sky Inside’s Stitch in Time workshop is based in a women’s high security prison and produces high-value fashion items for prestigious brands. I went to see the workshop in action and to speak to some of the women who work there…. Read more »