The social media workshop had excellent knowledge and way of explaining to the children without causing worries or anxiety. Great manner and very helpful. Fantastic presentation.
Miss Richardson- Adswood Primary School- Stockport
Network Rail- I learnt about the hidden dangers on railway lines, such as electrical rails, and fast moving trains etc. This gave me an idea on why there are so many restrictions and fines in place.
Fire Service- I learnt the impact that a hoax call can have on how the fire service functions.
Prison life- I found out how uncomfortable prison life really is and I heard about the kind of person you would be sharing a cell with. I REALLY don't want to go to prison now.
Matthew- pupil- Stockport School
I wanted to pass on a message from our ladies in reception:
They asked me to let you know how much they enjoy welcoming the PMNW team and the agencies that attend with you to WHA. Vicky and Lisa meet and greet hundreds of people over the course of a year but your team stand out as the most friendly and "genuinely lovely" people they see.
Several other colleagues have also commented on how smiley and approachable you all are whenever they see you in the corridors during the day.
Miss G Rule- Teacher- Winifred Holtby Academy
Thank you for coming to park view to teach me about prison. it really inspired me to be good because I don’t want to go to prison. we would like to see you again so we can find out more about prison and how it is for young people. Recently I’ve been making wrong decisions that could lead to juvenile prison if I continued going the way I was. I really enjoyed the talk you had with us at park view school and would like to see you again. You made me feel like I can change and have a better life, thanks for that.
See you next time you’re in school.
Oliver- Pupil- Park View School
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)