Posts Categorized: News

The Hounslow Horse

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  Our grounds maintenance team in Hounslow had something other than rubbish, dog mess and stinging nettles to contend with today. At least he’s cheaper to maintain than a lawnmower and doesn’t give any back chat!

What a year!

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As we enter 2014/15 please find our key figures for the last financial year before the counters go back to 0 again: In addition, we have started operating in a number of new areas which has enabled us to employ many more ex-offenders: Southwark, Wandsworth, Reigate, Gloucester, Kingston, Richmond, Newbury, Bromley, Rushmoor, Watford, East Village, Dagenham,… Read more »

Cleaning up Hounslow

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  Back in January we reported that the Glebelands area of Hounslow had experienced a dramatic fall in crime since Blue Sky started maintaining Feltham Arena.  Earlier this week Malcolm and the Hounslow team were joined by Police Community Liaison Officer Anne Sanders and other representatives from the Feltham Ward Metropolitan Police to see the… Read more »

Cost of re-offending

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  London’s Evening Standard has reported that re-offending in the UK costs the nation the same as putting on the Olympics every year. Up to £13 billion a year is wasted on ex-prisoners committing further crimes. So, why not support an organisation that offers ex-offenders employment and turns them into tax-payers… just a thought. As… Read more »

Goodbye Siobhain

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  We are sadly saying goodbye to Siobhain who has been a resident of the Colne Valley Park Centre for over 9 years (not continuously, she does go home!). She started at Groundwork Thames Valley, our parent company, before moving her desk from one end of the building to the other in 2011 after being… Read more »

Hitting another milestone

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We have employed our 800th employee! Yes, that’s right, we have created employment opportunities for over 800 ex-offenders in the past 8 years. From starting with one man and a van carrying out grounds maintenance work in Slough we are now employing over 100 ex-offenders a year all around London, the south east, the south west and… Read more »

Jo’s story – housing and a job on release

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Down in Cornwall Jo was waitressing work to get by and support her family. Her issue was that the work was seasonal so for large chunks of the year she was really struggling for money. It was particularly hard over winter when her 3 kids were on Christmas holidays and expecting presents. To make matters… Read more »

Our CEO in the FT

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  Mick May was recently interviewed by the Financial Times about the merits of ‘giving prisoners a break’. He says that more companies should employ ex-prisoners in their supply chains because “ex-offenders can be significantly more loyal to their company than other employees”, among other reasons. Read the full article here.    

On the catwalk

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  Ecoluxe London is a not-for-profit fashion company with a mission to promote and support ecological and sustainable luxury fashion. As part of London Fashion Week they organised the first ever sustainable fashion show in collaboration with our friends Fine Cell Work. Ecoluxe’s Director wanted someone charming and confident to escort one of their main supporters, Jan… Read more »