The Trust continues to deliver the following three main types of services:
- Health care, encouraging physical and emotional well-being
- Life planning, incorporating education
- Support services, promoting welfare, family and social contact
Examples of the services that the PST provides include the following:
- Trips for clients
- Mabel Hempton Bursary award for children of medically retired clients and widows
- Confidential counselling service through Trauma Team. Click here to download document
- A variety of classes and courses
- Golf outings and spa days
- Education bursaries for serving Officers who donate to the PST
Why not join us at one of the classes or courses we run
Creative writing group
Have you been looking for a new project for 2022? Would you like the challenge of meeting new friends? We would welcome like-minded individuals to the Creative Writing Group which meets fortnightly on Mondays between 10:00am and noon. Why not give it a go?
Do you have a digital camera and want to learn a bit more about photography? Don’t want to get too technical with camera settings? Prefer a course where you can request the subject matter taught? The Digital Photography Class meets at 10.30am on a Tuesday Morning and may just be ideal for you.
The Spanish class at the PST has started back and we've welcomed a new member. Did you know that you can join anytime? The classes are really good fun and I know the members really look forward to the class every fortnight. They run every other Monday from 10:30am-11:30am.
The IT classes run on a Thursday. The morning class starting at 10.30am and finishing at 12.30pm with the afternoon class now starting at 1.00pm and finishing at 3.00pm. We continue to work on tutor led activities and attendee’s specific requests.
Reflexology is a gentle but strong foot massage. It is a therapy that works on the feet to heal the whole person and maintain the body's natural healing mechanisms. Its benefits can include: reduction in stress, improvement in circulation, some alleviation of chronic pain, endocrine balancing, improvement in sleep and increased energy levels. The PST work with a range of providers to offer reflexology to our clients.
Stories from recent recipients of our Bursary and Mabel Hempton Awards
The Prison Service Trust paid out 22 bursaries and 1 Mabel Hempton award this year a total of £12,000.00.
Good luck to all the students who received their bursaries!
“We are very thankful for this money so please pass onto the board our sincerest thanks for this to help eve at uni. Eve is studying a degree in animation and this bursary will her pay for software equipment and travel expenses to get to uni and back every day. With the cost of living this is very much appreciated as a family. She will make sure it goes to good use and has purchased herself some recording equipment and film making package with some of this. ”
“I’m currently intercalating, doing a master’s degree in clinical anatomy before returning next year to complete my medical degree. The bursary given will help me pay my tuition fees for the year along with buying the required textbooks for the year. ”
“I am in my first year at Manchester Metropolitan University studying Geography and writing to thank the Prison Service Trust for awarding me this bursary. I was really happy to hear I had been awarded a bursary and I plan to put this award towards an upcoming filed trip that I have to complete as part of my degree. Thank you again for this bursary.”
“I live off-campus and typically walk most places. The fund will help me travel with ease as I will be able to get taxis and buses to shops, my classes and places I need to go to carry out my assignments. I am also going to be able to buy nice food for myself and take care of my needs without stress during Christmas time. I am very grateful! ”
“I am in my final year of a BEng in Computer Science at Queen's University Belfast. I think it's great that the PST have this bursary available to support children of prison officers. This bursary will help me with day-to-day expenses while studying such as food, rent etc. As well as study materials such as stationery and textbooks. ”
“I am writing to thank you for the bursary that will help fund my study of biomedical science at Queen’s University. I was overjoyed to learn that I had received the bursary as it will allow me to purchase new computer equipment to learn and attend University during these strange and challenging times, with almost everything being online through various platforms where a computer is a necessity. The bursary has also allowed me to purchase new books necessary for my course.”
“I am currently in my final year of mental health nursing. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been astronomical on my studies, clinical practice and personal life. I would like to thank the PST for this bursary which will be going towards my accommodation but also my parents who have supported me from the beginning. ”
“I was surprised and delighted to be selected for the Mable Hempton bursary. I am currently in my fourth year of study working towards my Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ulster. The generosity and support received from the PST is of great help and encouragement as I proceed with my studies in the forth coming year. Thank you for your kindness and I wish you all a safe & happy new year ”
Messages of thanks
Read some of the recent messages of thanks that we have received
"Thank you for the repairs to my house and replacement paving. I can now cross the yard with confidence and without the fear of tripping or falling. I appreciate all the hard work you do to provide assistance and financial support to us"
"Thank you so much for your kindness and being there all year"
"Thank you so much for your kindness to me"
"Thank you for the unexpected fruit basket. It is good to know that in these times somebody is thinking of us"
"Thank you for what you have done for me since my Husband passed away. It is very much appreciated, and knowing you are there means a lot to me"
"Thank you for everything you do for us"
"Thank you for your kind donation and for all the good work you do all year. Also thank you for the phone calls"
"Thank you for everything during the year"
"Thank you for helping me with my stairlift. I really appreciate your support"
"Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers I received. They really brightened up my day"