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The PST Annual Report April 2009 - March 2010

CHAIRMANíS REPORT 

This is my sixth annual report and I am pleased to report that during the past year the Trust has provided substantial support and help to many of our clients in a diverse number of ways. It is with regret that I report two resignations within the Trust. Lady Bloomfield has resigned as a member of the Board of Directors after giving many years of loyal support; she was an avid attendant at the meetings of the Board and her contributions will be greatly missed. R.J. (Ian) Clarke has resigned as outreach worker. R.J. joined the Trust as outreach worker at its inception and over the years he worked enthusiastically for all the clients in the North West. To both, Lady Bloomfield and R.J., I thank them for their loyalty and commitment over the years and wish them well for the future.

We remain committed to 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 and assistance to disabled clients.

Our current funding will end in March 2011. At time of writing the Trust is preparing a Business Plan for submission to the Northern Ireland Assembly requesting funding for a further 3 years commencing April 2011. I will, of course, keep you informed of the Northern Ireland Assemblyís decision in this matter and wish to take this opportunity to thank the Northern Ireland Office for the funding received for the current and past years.

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.

The premises leased by the Trust at River House, Castle Lane, Coleraine, BT51 3DR have been a fantastic success with classes being held on an almost daily basis. These premises will continue to be utilized for use by our clients in the North West and at time of writing the manager, Ivan Bolt, is researching the feasibility of further new classes commencing in the premises. 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, 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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