Monica- 'I would like to thank Anthony for the wonderful assemblies. We have received very positive feedback from students and staff and we will certainly be in contact again to arrange future sessions, please say thank you from us all.' Saema (teacher) 'I was in year 9 session and I thought this was excellent and powerful session. The speaker (Anthony - ex offender) clearly struck a chord with many students. This will be beneficial to run again in the future.
Monica & Saema - Kantor King Solomon High School (7th February 2017)
"The day overall was a huge success but Clifton proved to be the real star of the event attracting really positive feedback from both staff and students. Below is an extract from an email I received this morning from a member of staff:
“I just wanted to email to say what a good day yesterday was, it was amazing to see how engaged and interested the boys were (and the staff!)
The team were fantastic and so patient with all of the boys’ questions as some in my group had many!
I have had groups of students come up to me today talking about Clifton and how much they enjoyed his work shop. It really was touching and definitely made an impact on them”.
On a personal level, I was around when some of the boys including our more hard to reach students were leaving Clifton’s workshop and heard first-hand how positively they were speaking about him. I would suggest that his workshop was the one that made the most impact on the boys. Staff have also approached me this morning saying what a great contribution Clifton made to the day."
Paulette Waterman (Head of Student Serices/CPC)-Hull Trinity House Academy
I just wanted to send a quick email to thank your team for the amazing afternoon that they provided for the staff and students at my school on Tuesday 28th February earlier this week. We had talks from Barry, Clifton and Rev and they were so inspirational and really opened the students eyes to the world of crime. We had them in as our students are studying crime and punishment as part of their RE GCSE and it really brought their learning to life. Clifton was superb! The students are still talking about him and asking questions about his story. He was humble and so honest with his words and the students appreciated the way he told his story in such a personable way. Rev and Barry were brilliant, they spoke with great humour yet highlighted the seriousness of the topics they covered. The cell van was great and gave the students the first hand experience that they needed.
I will 100% look at getting PMNW back into our school wherever possible. Please pass on my thanks to the three men, they have made many staff and students very happy and it has helped to engage some of our troubled boys with their learning again.
I can't thank you enough.
Kirsty White (Teacher- St. Bernards School, Rotherham) 28th February
Whilst having a past experience with people bringing BB guns out, i have learnt the risks of having a knife or gum in my possession. Police have a split second to establish whether your gun is real or not, therefore, you could be shot on site. I have also learnt that if you are carrying a knife in your bag and it is easily accessible, police will arrest you. Although, if you are transporting a knife for a good reason and it is tucked away and wrapped up, you won’t get arrested and the police will let you go. Also, what is quite important with carrying a knife for safety, 3 of 5 knife wounds or even deaths are inflicted from owned property. As it is quite easily snatched and used against you.
Harry (Clacton County High School, Pupil) 16th March 2017
The Domestic Abuse workshop made me more aware as a young person about how, as i get older, some relationships i get involved with may be uncomfortable and i know a place that i can call up if i am a victim or a witness
Millie (Pupil, The Fareham Academy) 28th March 2017
In March 2017, I did a day’s volunteering with the National Youth Development charity “Prison! Me! No way!” at Fareham Academy.
PMNW was founded in 1993 by prison officers serving in HMP Hull. They witnessed young people repeatedly returning to prison and wanted to do something to assist with breaking this negative cycle, raising awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of committing a crime.
In 2008 and 2014-2016, I served with HM Prison Service at HMP Hull, HMIRC Haslar and HMYOI Cookham Wood. However, I have been exposed to the Prison Culture in some format intermittently for approx. 22 years. During this time I have visited HMP Everthorpe, HMP Grendon, HMP Leeds, HMP Manchester (“Strangeways”) and HMP Holloway.
I discovered PMNW in 2014 during my Initial OSG training at Prison Service College. PMNW has given me an opportunity to provide a positive change to society from my own prison experiences within a world that can be cold and unforgiving, which is often completely misunderstood.
The regime for the day was as follows:
• Launch. An introduction to PMNW, the day’s regime, they would be prisoners for the day and requested to ensure that their uniform was well presented because “if they can’t respect their uniform, they can’t respect themselves”.
• Q&A. The goal was to make everyone realise that anybody can do something wrong and end up being sent to Prison – it’s not just the poor or gangsters. It a result of the choices you make and not where you come from.
• Videos. One was about celebrities who had been bullied and their personal experience of it and the other focused upon texting and driving. It was very thought provoking and slightly emotional!
• Domestic violence. What it is and the meaning of consent (the ‘cup of tea’ video). Delivered by Southern Domestic Abuse Service.
• Prison life. Delivered by 2 ex Prison Officers. This included showing the young people a prison cell (a refurbished Luton Van), giving a visual representation of a prisoners’ living conditions.
• Choices. A workshop by an ex-offender. They provide a biographical account of their life leading up to being sent to prison and what prison life was like for them.
• Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. The dangers of online grooming, warning signs and where a young person to report activities if they feel they are being a target of child sexual exploitation. It also provided parental information and safeguarding advice and is a Command of the NCA.
• Street scene. A chance for some of the PMNW staff with some student volunteers to role play anti-social behaviour and its consequences to everyone affected by it.
My personal challenge for the day …. I gave the ex-offender a huge hug as a well done. Something that as a serving member of HMPS I would NEVER have done!
PMNW are eager to get HMCG involved on Safety Awareness days. If any anyone is interested in delivering a water safety presentation for PMNW, please get in touch.
Laura (Coastguard Maritime Operations)