July 2016

Kate’s Blog: The only thing that’s constant is change

By | 12th July, 2016|News|

If the unpredictable events of the last month have proved anything, it is that few things in life are constant. Including the rehabilitation of offenders. Whilst there’s still much uncertainty on how the prison reforms announced in June will play out (including perhaps the Ministerial position by the time this blog comes out) here and [...]

June 2016

Driven to Succeed: Ex Blue Sky Employee Starts own Business

By | 27th June, 2016|News|

Shyam was a young man when he went into prison, so he never had a real job. When he was released after his most recent conviction, Shyam was determined to turn his life around. But he found it very hard to get work despite having had lots of interviews. “All of them refused me, because [...]

May 2016

Blue Sky Welcomes Prison Reform Announcements

By | 24th May, 2016|News|

Blue Sky Welcomes Prison Reform Announcements Blue Sky, the award-winning organisation that only employs ex-offenders welcomes the prison reform announcements, including the Dame Sally Coates Review into prison education. The charity which uses real jobs to break the cycle of re-offending employs between 150 – 200 ex-offenders every year. Kate Markey, Managing Director of Blue [...]

April 2016

Blue Sky wins tenth major award in ten years

By | 25th April, 2016|Blog, News|

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 [...]

Blue Sky submits evidence to inquiry on needs of ex-offenders

By | 23rd April, 2016|News|

Blue Sky recently conducted a survey of its ex-offender employees to inform an inquiry into the benefits and employment support available to offenders when they leave prison, to ease the transition into work and a return to normal life. Ex-offenders face a number of barriers to work on leaving prison, but inability to find paid [...]

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

By | 15th April, 2016|Blog, News|

  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 [...]

August 2016

Young Friends of Blue Sky take on new challenge to raise money to support ex-offenders

By | 26th August, 2016|News|

Oliver Jones aged 23 and his younger half-brother Jack Chaplin 21 are completing an ambitious and challenging marathon. Whilst Jack has completed a half marathon in Sydney, Oliver has never run a marathon before. However, they both felt ready for a new personal challenge. Oliver says the training is not proving easy but raising money [...]

October 2016

Bringing Lasting Change: RAPt & Blue Sky Colleague Conference

By | 14th October, 2016|News|

In September and October staff from RAPt and Blue Sky attended events to celebrate the collective achievements of our charities to date.  And to look forward to the future by presenting and discussing our new three-year business plan strategy and the integral role of staff in delivering its aims and objectives. The conferences included a [...]