August 2015

Seeing the potential in ex-offenders

By | 12th August, 2015|News|

Blue Sky has been working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on the 'See Potential' campaign to promote the benefits to employers of working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The DWP visited Blue Sky to make a film about what we do, interviewing our MD Kate Markey, Teams Director Steve Finn, and Irvine, one of our [...]

June 2015

Blue Sky Patron Mick May Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

By | 17th June, 2015|Blog, News|

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, Impetus [...]

Happy Hillingdon residents

By | 12th June, 2015|News|

It is always immensely satisfying for Blue Sky to receive positive feedback about the hard work that our employees carry out. Today we received a letter about Sharon and Graeme who are employed by Blue Sky on our contract with Hillingdon Borough Council carrying out bulky waste collection. **************************************************************************************** Dear Blue Sky I would like [...]

Carwyn’s blog: The puzzles of life at HMP High Down

By | 3rd June, 2015|Blog, Carwyn's blog, Blue Sky Inside, News|

Our new MD Kate Markey and I visit Blue Sky Inside's workshop at HMP High Down. The workshop employs prisoners to make wooden puzzle games called ‘Bridget’ for Et Games. We also run a small textiles workshop at the prison making canvas bags in which the games are sold. In the prison visitors’ waiting room, [...]

September 2015

Designing Core Services Whitepaper: More Bang For Your Buck

By | 25th September, 2015|News|

Blue Sky has launched a new whitepaper entitled: Designing Core Services With In-Built Social Value: More Bang For Your Buck. In the current climate, how can councils ensure they generate maximum social value – as well cost savings - for communities? In austere times, will the long-term social value achieved by outsourced services still be [...]

October 2015

Widen the recruitment net and see the potential…

By | 5th October, 2015|News|

How are today's  leading companies demonstrating their social credibility and widening their pool of talent to stay competitive? Are your recruitment practices holding your company back? How could ex-offenders help your business? Find out how Blue Sky can address these questions for your company. Download our latest thought-leadership piece, following our pivotal involvement in the [...]

February 2016

January 2016

Why Blue Sky Inside is important

By | 15th January, 2016|News|

Why Blue Sky Inside is important: Women prisoners have particular challenges: 50% of women prisoners report having experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse; they are five times as likely to self-harm in prison; and 80% have a diagnosed mental health problem. That’s why Blue Sky Inside was set up in 2012. It provides women who [...]

Blue Sky Founder Receives New Year Honour

By | 4th January, 2016|News|

Mick May, Blue Sky’s founder, has received an OBE in the 2016 New Year Honours List. The OBE acknowledges Mick’s achievement in establishing Blue Sky back in 2005 as a social enterprise dedicated to employing ex-offenders, and in leading the organisation for nearly 10 years before stepping down in February last year. Thanks to Mick’s [...]