Dear Friends and Supporters of PETT,
Announcing "PETT: The Next 50 years":
We have been awarded £72,300 by the Heritage Lottery Fund!
In July many of you came to Toddington to join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, and to help us think together about ways and means to ensure that the Trust not only survives the immediately difficult financial times we are all caught up in, but continues to grow and thrive for another 50 years.
I am extremely pleased to be able to tell you that ideas and visions which were shared during that event and afterwards were incorporated in a grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and that that grant application has been resoundingly successful! We have been awarded a £72,300 Transition Grant, which, in the words of the Heritage Lottery Fund, is
"available to organisations in the UK who want to achieve significant strategic change – through acquiring new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership, business and income – in order to become more resilient and sustain improved management of heritage for the long term."
You will find the formal press release here, but here I wanted to take a few moments to thank all of you for your support so far, and to ask for your continued engagement and support over the next two very exciting years (and beyond!).
The Planned Environment Therapy Trust was established in 1966 by a small group of professionals, with relatively few financial resources, but with an immense body of experience which they wished to develop and share with others. In 1989, thanks to a legacy from founding Trustee David Wills and his wife Elizabeth, this vision took ambitious shape in the form of the Archive and Study Centre. Starting with a small library and several archive collections, this has grown into a unique and award-winning national and international centre for research and discovery - not only for academics and professionals, but (and maybe even more especially) for former children and young people, and the wide range of those who have lived, worked, and been involved in therapeutic environments and alternative approaches to education. In historian Nick Barratt's words, when he presented PETT with the "Archive of the Year Award" in 2013, the Archive and Study Centre is "life changing" and "inspirational".
But of course it is also expensive, and one of the conundrums facing Trustees in recent years has been how to ensure its sustainability, security and continued flourishing against the backdrop of a challenging world financial climate. Our Transition Grant - for which we were eligible because of the HLF-supported "Therapeutic Living With Other People's Children" project, to the resounding success of which so many of you contributed - will make a tremendous difference in our ability to explore the ways forward.
The grant covers the next 15 months. Our first step this month (November) is to appoint a Project Manager. Applications are already coming in, and interviews take place on November 18th. With your continued help, facilitated by this grant, and with the help of an augmented team, we will celebrate the beginning of 2018 with resilience, sustainability, and the adventure of the next 50 years well in hand. If not before, please join us then.
Thankyou! and best wishes,
Rich Rollinson, Executive Director
For the Trustees and the whole PETT Team