Growing there (short version)
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Below are a few quotes that give a taste of the many ways Pecket changed lives:

One founder member recalls the impact of Pecket:

“I think the kindness of people and things like that were how people got on. Especially if you’ve never been away from home, like I don’t think I’d been away from home till I came on a residential. … And they were like a mother to you in a way you know. “Come on, your breakfast is ready”. I think that’s how we enjoyed it like. And then after that like, ……..”wait a minute, next time we have a residential …… right you make breakfast on so and so and you help to make tea”. And people had never made tea before, so you got into doing it that way”.

People grew in different ways because of their involvement in a range of activities:

“Travelling around really helped my confidence. Something inside me kept me going. I hadn’t done it before. I can talk to people who have a degree or who are educated and they do listen. It gave me courage.”

Here is another example of a participant whose life has changed because of Pecket.

“I was in adult education in Dewsbury. We got a letter from Pecket Well inviting students to go on a course. I said, ‘I don’t want to go, not brainy enough, not a college person’. In the end six of us went. It was One World to Share. Then Hazelwood Castle for a week. .. I became a member, was a Director for 3 years between 1990-93. I learnt a lot. We were all one. There was always something I knew that someone else didn’t. I ended up being on television, Adult Literacy Year 1990 by Channel 4. They came to my house for interviewing, to shop, I looked at pictures, saw it was beans– I didn’t know it was beans because I couldn’t read it.… There’s still a place for Pecket. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Pecket. People just helped you. I couldn’t put pen to paper and I dictated. It got wrote and it got to where I could write it down. It was confidence and someone teaching me. Worked a lot one-to-one. You have to trust and then it comes easy – but we were all the same, didn’t mean I was rubbish.”