Blue Sky Development & Regeneration

Blue Sky Development & Regeneration

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Blue Sky Development & Regeneration

Blue Sky aims to reduce re-offending by offering real jobs and training for ex-offenders and prisoners. Since 2005 we have employed and supported over 1,200 people.

Founded 2005

  • Mission statement

    Blue Sky is a multi-award-winning social enterprise established in 2005 with the sole purpose of employing ex-offenders. Having a job is the single most important determinant in reducing the probability of re-offending, yet 75% of prisoners are released to unemployment. By being, in the words of Prime Minister David Cameron, "the only company in the country where you need a criminal record to work there", Blue Sky exists to tackle this discrepancy.

    Blue Sky creates jobs (all entry-level, suitable for any ex-offender as no previous experience or qualifications are needed) by offering companies an alternative to high-street labour agencies within their supply chains in sectors such as grounds maintenance, waste management and distribution. Contracted by companies to supply labour, Blue Sky employs ex-offenders for 6-months, provides vocational training, and brokers onward jobs.

    Blue Sky has now employed over 1,200 ex-offenders, a large prison’s worth, in partnership with a range of companies. Its impact on re-offending is one of the highest performing interventions on record according to the Ministry of Justice. Over 40% of ex-offender employees leave Blue Sky to permanent jobs elsewhere (over half of these with our commercial clients) – x4 what the Government’s Work Programme achieves for prison leavers.

  • Aims

    Blue Sky Development & Regeneration aims to:

    • Break the cycle of re-offending by giving ex-offenders real jobs – employment with Blue Sky has been shown to reduce re-offending by 23% (Ministry of Justice)
    • Reduce the cost of re-offending to the public purse - estimated at £13.5 billion a year stemming from the cost of crime, of keeping someone in prison, and of supporting prisoners’ families
    • Enable ex-offenders to contribute to society – “Without Blue Sky I’d be back inside prison. Instead I have a full-time job, work hard and pay tax. Basically, I can be a normal bloke.” Graeme
  • Overview

    Established: December 2005

    Registered Charity Number: 1118372

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 17

    Volunteers: 15

    Phone number: 01895839840

    Address: Colne Valley Park Centre, Denham Court Drive, Denham, Middlesex UB9 5PG

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