26 October 2023
We have been named winner of the Voluntary Contribution to Community Safety and Justice Award at the Inspire Justice Awards, for our work offering distance learning courses, advice and guidance to people in 118 prisons in England and Wales.
An expert panel of judges felt we had made a significant impact in helping thousands of prisoners to turn their lives around, having funded more than 1,500 courses which would otherwise have been unavailable to people in prison.
The panel said that it is testament to our work that 40 percent of learners go on to further learning, 24 percent go into paid jobs in prison and 36 percent went into prison-based voluntary roles.
Furthermore, Pro Bono Economics calculates that for every £1 spent on PET’s work there is a return to society of between £1.17 and £1.43 from the increased employment in the first year alone.
On the support offered by PET one learner said, “It’s been difficult to see daylight at times along this dark journey, but this course creates a light, a genuine and tangible mental health help.”
Jon Collins, Chief Executive, accepted the award on the team’s behalf. Speaking at an awards ceremony held in London, he said:
It’s a huge honour to have this award and we’re really pleased to accept it on behalf of the team.
We also want to recognise the really hard work of our thousands of learners in prisons all around the country who do the courses that we provide for them.
It’s really great to see that work recognised at a national level and we’re very grateful to have received this award.
Delivered by Skills for Justice, the Inspire Justice Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements of the justice sector workforce. Now in its second year, the Inspire Justice Awards are sponsored by BT, Unison and SFJ Awards. To find out more visit the Skills for Justice website.
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