£24,000 grant for Jersey prisoners' education

16 Jun 2014

PET is pleased to announce a new programme of support to rehabilitate men and women at HMP La Moye, thanks to a generous £24,000 two year grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands.

The funding will enable PET to give advice to learners and pay for approximately 80 people to study courses in a range of subjects and levels, helping to give them the skills, qualifications and experience to study, work and volunteer in Jersey’s communities. 

Rod Clark, PET Chief Executive, said: “I would like to thank the Lloyds Bank Foundation for their support as this grant means we can help more people to turn their lives around through education.

“Teachers at HMP La Moye tell us just what a positive impact our work has and with 25 years’ experience we know that learning in prison works. The research shows people we’ve funded are a quarter less likely to reoffend, which means safer communities and fewer victims.

“We are committed to helping as many people as possible at La Moye study via distance learning to give them a fresh start and a chance to give back to society when they leave prison.”

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands is one of the largest sources of charitable funding in the islands, dispensing almost £1million a year in the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. It derives its funding entirely from Lloyds Banking Group but is legally independent of the Lloyds Group and an independent board of trustees determines the policies. The Foundation recently entered into a new covenant to provide long-term continuity of financial support.

The Chairman of the local foundation is John Boothman and the Deputy Chairman is Guernsey Jurat Dr John Ferguson. The Executive Director is John Hutchins. Mr Hutchins said: "We were please to assist with this initiative and hope it will help the individuals to be better placed upon leaving prison.”

Lucy Blackmore, HMP La Moye, Open Learning tutor, said: “Many PET funded students are now in the community in employment; one works as a statistician, one is in a tutoring role for basic skills and another works in Jersey Tourism.

"One student has been so inspired by the support he has had from PET, he is trying to set up a charity to help ex-prisoners gain funding for education once released.”

Editor’s Notes

For further information about Prisoners' Education Trust please contact Susannah Henty, Media and Public Affairs Manager susannah@prisonerseducation.org.uk; 020 8648 7760.

For further assistance about the Lloyds Bank Foundation please contact Paula Thelwell on 01534 735253 or email paula@directinput.je

About PET

This year Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) celebrates its 25th anniversary. The charity was set up in HMP Wandsworth by a prison teacher in 1989 who wanted to expand the range of courses available for prisoners. That year, PET helped 12 people, now the charity supports approx. 2,000 each year to study distance learning courses across England and Wales. The charity does this by providing advice and grants to prisoners keen to study subjects and levels not generally available in prisons. PET also carries out research, informed by prisoner learners, to improve prison education.