The PST Annual Report April 2008 - March 2009
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
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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