February 2015

Prisoner to Gardener to Full-time Bus Driver – Shanitta’s Story

By | 20th February, 2015|Case Study, News|

Aged 23 and with 3 young children to support Shanitta was arrested for a drugs offence and handed a prison sentence. She appreciates that she was fortunate to have a loving family who could take care of her kids while she was inside. Shanitta had heard about Blue Sky from a friend years ago and [...]

October 2014

Merging with RAPt to form offender rehabilitation powerhouse

By | 14th October, 2014|News|

RAPt (the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust) and Blue Sky today announced that they have merged, forming a union to tackle the interconnected problems of addiction, crime and re-offending. Through the merger, RAPt becomes the sole company member of Blue Sky, which will remain a separate legal entity. The merger will see the two charities [...]

Our new film – “A Stitch in Time”

By | 9th October, 2014|Video, Blue Sky Inside, News|

WATCH IT NOW Blue Sky Inside's "Stitch in Time" workshop has been operating in a women’s high security prison for two years so we wanted to give some of our employees the platform to tell their stories. The film also showcases what the women can produce and achieve: from making cotton dustbags for Anya Hindmarch [...]

Annie’s blog – life 9 months after release

By | 3rd October, 2014|Blog, Annie's blog, News|

In my opinion, prison promotes some weird (and a little bit anti-social) behaviour! What habits do I still have from doing my 'bird'?: I still fall asleep ridiculously early, particularly if all the lights are out. I still become tense when I hear keys jangling or people whistle near me. I still change the bed every [...]

July 2014

Steve telling his story

By | 8th July, 2014|Blog, Case Study, Steve's blog, News|

Steve was recently asked to go on Prison Radio to talk about Blue Sky and explain to the listeners about what it means to him specifically. 84% of England & Wales' prison population reportedly listen to Prison Radio so this broadcast would have reached a huge number of people. We are pleased that we are also [...]

Finny’s triathlon blog #2

By | 3rd July, 2014|Blog, Triathlon, Steve's blog, News|

Missed instalment #1? Read it here. After Thursday's swim things quietened down a bit as family stuff kicked in at the weekend. Having said that, on Sunday I managed a 5k run in Black Park! Monday 30th June Swim night. Feeling tired and am having to drag myself to the Ski Club in Denham. Any thoughts [...]

June 2014

Finny’s triathlon blog

By | 23rd June, 2014|Blog, Triathlon, Steve's blog, News|

Steve Finn  is representing Team Blue Sky at the London Virgin Active Triathlon in August, along with Malcolm Reilly, John Leach and Dave Golding. Here Steve blogs about his training schedule... Thursday 5th June Malcolm and I set off to get fitted up for our Tri Wet Suits. We go to Bourne End and meet Alan [...]

Carwyn’s blog – Hearts from offcuts

By | 16th June, 2014|Blog, Carwyn's blog, Blue Sky Inside, News|

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 [...]