A secure future for the Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre
The Planned Environment Therapy Trust (PETT) has been supporting therapeutic communities (for adults and for children) since 1966, and developed the PETT Archive and Study Centre in 1989 which now houses unique and fascinating archives from various therapeutic environments, organisations and individuals.
Over the past few decades the Planned Environment Therapy Archive has provided an internationally recognised and award-wining archive service in relation to therapeutic community work. However, like many charities, in recent years PETT has been facing a difficult financial reality and repeatedly utilising its financial reserves to fund its service. The Trustees of the charity realise that without radical change PETT would cease to exist and this would threaten the very existence of the Archive.
We have been exploring various opportunities for strategic change to ensure the organisation’s resilience and capacity to better manage and protect, for the longer term, the heritage which it holds. We believe that the survival of the Archive and all that it represents is of paramount importance. We recognise that without the continued efforts and activities of the Trust, the heritage of many traumatised and troubled children and adults and the communities that supported them is at risk of being dispersed, locked away and rendered invisible.
The Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded Transition Funding to support PETT’s efforts to work towards a new, safe and secure future for the Archive. With this grant, the Trust has been making headway with plans to reorganise its work and to explore various future opportunities, including finding a local charity partner to share the site. While local partnership discussions did not achieve positive outcomes, by working through such possibilities we know that the success of any future collaboration must be grounded in common understanding of our charitable objectives, ethos and ambitions.
We are now able to share news of our decision to leave our current site in Toddington and our intention is to join the Mulberry Bush Organisation in Oxfordshire, rehousing the Archive and Study Centre within their emerging Education and Learning Centre which will focus on adult and children’s therapeutic communities. The Mulberry Bush Organisation and Planned Environment Therapy Trust have longstanding inter-connected histories and overlapping purposes and vision.
By bringing these two prestigious charities together, this collaboration seeks to protect all that has been developed to date and to create an unprecedented therapeutic resource, available nationally and internationally, to individuals, groups and organisations which are engaged in therapeutic work. The aim is to combine the learning from the realities of daily living in a therapeutic environment with the reflective and research resources of an Archive and Study Centre which is actively engaged with the wider therapeutic community.
Under the auspices of the Mulberry Bush Organisation (www.mulberrybush.org.uk), we at PETT, have every confidence that there will be continued development of services offered in terms of training, education, consultancy and advice to the sector, to the public and, we hope, to inform public policy.
INVITATION to be part of planning for the future
The Planned Environment Therapy Trust and the Mulberry Bush Organisation invite you -
to contribute to our development plans at a Stakeholder Visioning Day on
Friday 24th November,
at The Mulberry Bush School.
Rosemary Lilley, Chair of Trustees
Richard Rollinson, Executive Director