Drug/Alcohol Services

The Forward Trust - Offender Resettlement SupportThe Forward Trust delivers one of the country’s most highly regarded drug and alcohol services in prisons. Their experience supporting thousands of people to break their addiction spans more than 25 years and 25 prisons, having opened the first intensive treatment programme in a UK prison at HMP Downview in 1992. Their prison drug and alcohol programmes were the first to have been independently accredited for reducing reoffending by the Ministry of Justice. The Rapt intensive treatment programme results in an 18% reduction in reoffending and 65% reduction in the volume of crime compared to other drug treatment programmes.

The Forward Trust’s evidence based drug and alcoholservices are tailored to an individual’s needs, strengths and motivations. They adapt their approach for each client, whatever they are ready for, however long they have with them and whatever their location. From brief workshops to minimise risk and build motivation, through to longer term intensive programmes that tackle deep-rooted behaviour, their programmes build an array of skills to support their clients.

Employment Services

The Forward Trust’s employment services (previously Blue Sky) help people to break the cycle of reoffending and addiction through training and employment activities that are grounded in the real world of work. Their services include:

  • Into Work – direct employment of ex-offenders through their award-winning Blue Sky agency, wider brokerage services and in work support.
  • Skills Accredited vocational training based on employer needs
  • Motivation – activities and interventions to engage, inspire and prepare offender/learners for real jobs
  • Starting Out – apprenticeships and volunteering
  • Enterprise – self-employment and enterprising routeways (they invest in their own enterprises – and start-up enterprises – led by and employing people in recovery from crime or addiction).


Their services are informed by years of working with some of the hardest to reach people in the community, in custody and through the gate. Their expert team includes people with lived experience who can promote inspirational peer support with their target client groups. 34% of their staff are ex-offenders or in recovery for addiction.

Their impressive success rates speak for themselves:

  • Over 14,000 ex-offenders have been employed through Blue Sky since 2005. Of these clients, 43& move on to permanent jobs
  • Blue Sky Agency has received 168 Work Programme referrals (100% starting paid jobs with 50% sustaining employment for at least 13 weeks)
  • Blue Sky Agency’s employment model reduces reoffending by up to 23%
  • £18,600 is saved for every ex-offender who completes their employment programme
  • 75% of people who complete Forward’s Apprenticeship scheme gain employment on completion.