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The PST Annual Report April 2008 - March 2009

CHAIRMANíS REPORT 

It is with sorrow that in this, my fifth annual report, I have to inform you of the death of our esteemed colleague and Board Member, Mabel Hempton. Mabel was a stalwart and enthusiastic member of the Board and will be greatly missed by all at the Trust. On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Trust I offer our most sincere condolences to Mabelís sister Jennifer and to all of our clients who have experienced bereavement in the past year.

Our core purpose, to provide essential services to our eligible clients in the form of health support (both physical and emotional), educational and pastime courses, life planning, social support (including social support) and assistance to disabled clients we remain committed to.

In my last report, at time of writing, funding from the Northern Ireland Office had not been confirmed. I am pleased to report that funding up until March 2011 has now been pledged. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and clients of the Trust I extend sincere gratitude to the Northern Ireland Prison Service and to those individuals at Prison Service Headquarters for their unrelenting support.

Once again, this year, I urge serving staff and retired staff to become one of our members by joining the many others who donate on a regular basis to our fund. Becoming a donor makes one eligible for many benefits offered by the Trust and it is hoped to extend these benefits in the coming months. Details can be obtained by contacting the Trustís Manager, Ivan Bolt, or a Board member at the relevant station. I extend sincere thanks to our already donating members.

During the latter half of 2008 the Trust leased premises at River House, Castle Lane, Coleraine, BT51 3DR for use by our clients in the North West. Educational and instructional classes, previously held at the Flowerfields Centre, Portstewart, are now held in our new premises with new classes and other activities planned. I extend genuine thanks to the volunteers in the North West who man the premises on a daily basis, their commitment is commendable.

To conclude I wish to thank my Board colleagues, staff (welcoming our new administrator Philip Wilce and part time out reach worker Barry Fisher), volunteers and clients for the support received during the past year.

With best wishes for the future.

FINLAY SPRATT
CHAIRMAN
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


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