Pictures, postcards and inspiration from our 30th birthday party, as staff, trustees, former prisons learners, supporters and founders gathered to help us celebrate.
"I really appreciate the help and support PET has given me, and I hope you understand that this has made me feel like a human being again, not just a number."
"I'm grateful there are people out there who don't give up on others after making a mistake in life."
"I'm doing this to help others because I know how it feels not to have the help with mental health. I would love to gain a PhD in this. I help others in my own time because that's just me. Thanks"
"Prison changes your life temporarily but education changes your life permanently. Don't waste time, get educated."
"Doing OU is a huge thing for me. Nobody in my family has a degree. I can use my time constructively, whilst making my children proud. I am excited to get started."
"Knowledge is empowerment that no one can take away from you and you can change the world from negativity to positivity.
Education is the best thing you can ever do in prison to open your mind and come out a better and educated person."
"The actual qualification is not so important as the achievement of getting the qualification and the boost to my self-confidence and esteem that will give."
"I feel very happy that I have the chance to further myself whilst in custody especially since I never had the confidence outside to do it. I am honestly thankful!"
"The distance learning course is the best thing that happened to me in years, it is going to be my 'saving grace' and my guarantee that I'm leaving a life of crime behind me and starting fresh with my new qualifications behind me."
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity PET has provided for me. Being able to make the days count, rather than counting days, is of pivotal importance for any prisoner wishing to rehabilitate and become a productive member of society."
"I would just like to help Prisoners' Education Trust. Firstly for giving me the opportunity to educate myself and turn hopefully succeed in the course I have chosen, which will hopefully give me the chance to turn my life around for the better. So thank you very much for your help."
"It is through Prison Education that I am confident I will never return to prison unless it’s to teach what I’ve learnt."
"Everybody will come across challenges in life, I've learned to make the best out of each and every last one of them. Yes some people may look at me going to prison as a negative thing but I plan on leaving prison with more than I came in with; a degree! I've always been a smart guy but I make a lot of mistakes. One of those mistakes was not finishing high school or going to college. Thankfully there's organisations that still believe in people like me and want to see me succeed in life. I am so grateful for the Prisoners' Education Trust for allowing me to pursue my dreams. I plan on owning my own cafe and other businesses. The courses I plan on completing will give me more knowledge on how to succeed at doing so! Thank you!"
"I also don't just think the course will help me for upon my release date I also think it'll help me within the Prison as well, doing something you enjoy is very important as well to keep your mind at ease whilst in custody, there is nothing better then knowing you're getting through your sentence gaining qualifications to improve your future."
"The support Prisoners' Education Trust has given is assisting me to have the skills and knowledge for me in the future. Without PET I would be leaving with no true employability qualifications."
"I have come so far since coming to prison in 2015. I had no qualifications what so ever. I now have lots under my belt ranging from L1 to L3. Prison doesn’t have to be the end, it can be the beginning of a bright future!"
For 30 years, we’ve been helping prisoners change their lives through education. In this blog, our Head of Fundraising Cassie outlines all the ways you can get involved and help us mark this significant birthday.