Blue Sky now manages over 30 commercial contracts across England and since 2007 our commercial income has increased six-fold. In 2013/14 we:
- maintained and improved over 3.4m square metres of land
- diverted over 14,600 tonnes of waste from landfill and recycling
- planted nearly 15,000 trees
Blue Sky is expanding continuously and with the support of Groundwork MSSTT, our long-standing partners in the north-west of England, we have established Blue Sky North as a consortium.
More than 1,000 ex-offenders have been employed by us since we began in October 2005.
- 20% have had a housing issue and needed help from our Housing Loan Scheme
- Over half have had drug and/or alcohol issues in the past
- 18% are PPOs and MAPPAs, i.e. the hardest to reach
- 27% haven’t had a bank account in their name
- 40% have had dependent children – a total of total of 630 kids
- Only 15% of Blue Sky ex-employees have re-offended – a quarter of the national average
- 48% of our employees move into sustained employment once they leave Blue Sky – despite ex-offenders finding it eight times harder to secure a job compared to people with no criminal record
- 51% of our employees leave us with accredited qualifications
- 60% of employees with a housing issue left us with an improved accomodation situation
Why do we do what we do?
- Re-offending costs the UK £13 billion each year
- England and Wales release 90,000 prisoners per annum. 60% re-offend within two years
- Employment reduces the probability of re-offending by up to 50% but 75% of prisoners have no job on release
- The estimated cost for every single re-offender is approximately £200,000 and it costs around £45,000 to imprison one criminal for a year.
- Every new prison built costs the country £400m
- A combination of employment and accommodation has been shown to be the most effective intervention in reducing re-offending