Support prisoners to change their lives through learning this Christmas

12 Nov 2013

PET is holding its annual Christmas Carol Concert on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 at 6:30pm in St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London.

Tickets are still available at £15 to raise money to rehabilitate people in prison through education. As well as listening to traditional music and readings, concert-goers will hear from people PET has helped who say education changed their lives and helped them to move away from crime. 

PET regularly hears from ex-prisoners who are now volunteering in their communities, working, studying at higher levels and becoming positive role models for their children.

One such woman is Kristin, a woman who hit rock bottom when she found herself in prison, separated from her children after battling with class A drugs for 20 years. She now says that education was her ‘saving grace’ as she prepares to spend this Christmas in her new home, back with her two young daughters. Since Kristin was released from prison she has dedicated her life to making sure others do not go down the same path that she had. Her ambition is to become a drugs key worker and she is studying a Health and Social Care NVQ, volunteering, working and encouraging her own children to do well at school.

Rod Clark, PET Chief Executive, said: “Being separated from loved ones at Christmas can be extremely difficult for prisoners and their families. Many people we fund say their course gives them a positive focus through difficult times and something good to talk about with friends or family, which helps maintain those relationships that keep them on the straight and narrow when they leave. If we want people to move away from crime when they leave prison, we must give them support to change.”

Christmas carols will be sung by London choir Fever Pitch and visitors will hear a range of readings from PET supporters and guests. Donate to PET or buy tickets via Just Giving or if you would prefer to pay by cheque write to us at Prisoners' Education Trust, Wandle House, Riverside Drive, Mitcham, CR4 4BU.

ENDS

Editor’s Notes

For interview requests, case studies, photos or further information please contact Susannah Henty, Media Manager, Susannah@prisonerseducation.org.uk; 020 8648 7760 www.prisonerseducation.org.uk

About PET

Since 1989, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) has supported prisoners to engage in rehabilitation through learning. The charity does this by providing advice and funding for approximately 2,000 people per year for distance learning courses in subjects and levels not generally available in prisons. PET also carries out research, informed by prisoner learners, to improve prison education policies.