Quadron extends its work with ex-offender charity

Quadron Services has gone into partnership with Blue Sky, a charity which finds jobs for former offenders, to provide grounds maintenance in Wandsworth.

A team of four, recruited from the local area, will work with an experienced Blue Sky supervisor alongside Quadron’s existing contractors working in Wandsworth Borough Council cemeteries in South London.

They will carry out duties including mowing, strimming and tidying.

The move follows an existing deal in Medway, Kent, where a group of former offenders who were also military personnel work on the grounds maintenance contract with the council.

Quadron Services operations director Martyn Bradley, said: "We believe that the dedicated Blue Sky team with working supervisor will be better than using traditional agency staff, enabling this focussed team to build on service delivery and quality for the benefits of the community.

"I am very pleased with the way Blue Sky has worked with Quadron in formulating the agreement in a true partnership style."

Since setting up in 2005 Blue Sky has employed more than 730 former offenders and found them work with local authorities and commercial contractors across the UK and has operated a similar scheme in Ealing’s cemeteries for more than six years.

It provides its workers with comprehensive training before starting work, including health and safety, use of equipment and quality standards. 

The charity makes sure the full history of each employee is known and does not employ sex offenders or those with current substance reliance or anger management issues.  Each team is supervised at all times.

Commercial and franchise director at Blue Sky John Chesters said the work gave ex-offenders a vital piece of self-respect.

He added: "All of our employees have made the decision to work with us and to change their lives around. We will also give them assistance through bespoke training and help them to find full-time employment at the end of their time with us.  It is only through the support of Quadron and Wandsworth Council that this is possible, and Blue Sky looks forward to establishing a long partnership with them."

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