RAPT and Blue Sky become The Forward Trust
Monday 10 July 2017

Leading addiction charity The Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt) and social enterprise Blue Sky have today (Monday 10 July) completed their merger under the new name ‘The Forward Trust’.

The Hon David Bernstein, Chair of The Forward Trust, said: “By combining the skills and expertise of these two organisations, with over 35 years’ experience between them, we hope to help more people to break the cycles of crime and addiction, which are so often interlinked, to move forward with their lives.”

Mike Trace, CEO of Forward, said: “We are entering an exciting new phase of our development as we look to build on our track record of delivering high quality offender employment, and substance misuse recovery services. This new brand gives us a platform for assisting more of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in society to achieve their potential.”

Forward services have supported thousands of people to break the cycle of addiction or crime, creating better lives with jobs, family, friends and a sense of community.

Former Forward client Lee said “I never thought it would be possible to break the cycle of addiction and crime. But I now live in a beautiful flat, have a full time job and a girlfriend. I feel so positive about my future and know that I will continue to move forward with my life”.




Notes to editors

About Forward

We are Forward, the social enterprise that empowers people to break the cycle of crime or addiction to move forward with their lives. For more than 25 years we have been working with people to build positive and productive lives, whatever their past. We believe that anyone is capable of lasting change. Our services have supported thousands of people to make positive changes and build productive lives with a job, family, friends and a sense of community.

In 1992 Forward (then RAPt) founded the first drug treatment facility in a UK prison. Forward services support over 15,000 people every year within the criminal justice system and in the community.

Blue Sky was formally incorporated in 2005 with the sole aim of creating jobs for people coming out of jail. Blue Sky creates jobs for ex-offenders in both public and private sectors, including companies such as Amey, Veolia, Virgin Active, River Island, Nabarro and Deloitte. In 2014, Blue Sky became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt – Registered Charity No. 1001701, Registered Company No. 2560474).

The name Forward comes from the aspirations we have for our clients to break the cycle and move forward with their lives.

For more information, logos or pictures please contact Chris Wingrove, Head of Communications, chris.wingrove@forwardtrust.org.uk 020 3752 5576 or 0788 1022 489.