1,000,000 Children & Young People
25 Years of ‘Helping Young People and Preventing Crime’
Prison Me No Way – Wednesday 13th June 2018
Prison Me No Way proudly celebrated 25 years of making a real difference to young lives with an Anniversary Dinner at the KCOM Stadium in Hull on Wednesday evening 13th June. An invited audience of 200 people including Volunteers, Trustees, Patrons, Young People, Schools, Partner Agencies and many who have given generously in time and financially; attended the gala night.
Master of Ceremonies for the night was our very own Ambassador Lady Edwina Grosvenor. Edwina has been a staunch supporter of PMNW in many different ways over the past 15 years and has played a pivotal role in our charities evolution. Setting the scene for the evening Edwina talked about her experiences working with PMNW and further spoke about her other passions the ‘Clink Restaurants’ which aims to help the rehabilitation of offenders through developing culinary skills and; the charity ‘One Small Thing’ which she founded that works with staff in women’s prisons and in the community to champion trauma-informed practice with criminalised women.
With the stage set the evening went on to tell the story of PMNW over 25 years with contributions from Lisa Kelsey who first worked with PMNW back in 1998 returning in 2018 to deliver a knock out vocal performance of classics and modern music several times throughout the evening.
Lord Lieutenant for the East Riding of Yorkshire Honourable Mrs Susan Cunliffe-Lister then welcomed the audience with a short opening history of PMNW and its achievement over 25 years.
PMNW Chief Executive Paul Wilkinson followed leading the Tributes to all those who have helped PMNW become the revered charitable organisation that it has. He also gave an account of what motivated him to help found PMNW back in 1993 and talked about the impact the programme has had.
Ben Thorpe and Fiona Stamford gave an insight about their role with the PMNW Youth Advisory Group and shared some of the inspirational feedback received from young people who have been previously involved with PMNW.
A fantastic three course meal was efficiently served and enjoyed with an interlude to share the partnership working between PMNW with HMP/YOI Askham. This special relationship was marked with an Award presented to HMP/YOI Askham Grange for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Engaging Communities’ in recognition of the service Staff and Residents provide for PMNW & in the Community
After dinner there then followed an emotional tribute for a much admired PMNW Team member Graham Chapman – who passed away unexpectedly in early February this year. Close friend Ian Revell and Stephanie (Grahams daughter) led the tribute to the great man. Tears where shed, laughs were shared, and a standing ovation followed with a short film of family and PMNW times that left the audience in awe of the funny and memorable Graham Chapman.
In Grahams memory volunteer Simon Watson was presented with the first ever ‘PMNW Graham Chapman Volunteer Memorial Award’ In recognition of most days volunteered for PMNW over the past twelve months
PMNW Honorary President Jennie Byass gave a short speech on behalf of Trustees and supporters of PMNW and presented PMNW & Co-Founder Chief Executive Paul Wilkinson with an engraved ‘Solid Silver Salver’ in recognition of 25 years leadership. It was interesting to see Paul speechless for a change.
There then followed another unexpected Award for Lady Edwina Grosvenor. Chief Executive Paul Wilkinson momentarily interrupted to present Edwina with a
‘PMNW Lifetime Achievement Award’ In recognition of relentless dedication towards Prisoner Rehabilitation and Prison Reform.
Actor and PMNW Patron Stephen Hagan then took to the stage to be interviewed by Edwina who took on the chat host role effortlessly. Stephens’ involvement with PMNW stretches back to 2002 when at the age of 17 he took on the role of a young prisoners first night alone in a prison cell. The film titled ‘I Can Hack it’ was made for the PMNW Northern Ireland team to support work in schools.
Acting credits for Stephen include landing the lead role in the US Hallmark film ‘A Royal Christmas’. He also starred as one of Jesus’s disciples Bartholomew in the hit film ‘RISEN’ in 2015 which reached number 2 at the US Box office. This success has been followed up in 2017 by taking on the role of ‘Jake’ in the film ‘ZOO’ released two weeks ago in US cinemas and available in UK cinemas late June early July 2018. Stephen also has numerous TV credits to his name and is currently starring alongside James Nesbitt in Sky One’s Lucky Man which is due to return for its third series in late July.
Premier League Referee and PMNW Patron Anthony Taylor concluded a brilliant evening by sharing some of his most humorous and occasionally challenging moments; experienced in his refereeing career. Anthony has longstanding links to the Prison Service and worked as a prison officer for 10 years at HMP/YOI Styal near Manchester Airport. He retired from the Prison Service in late 2012 to focus on his refereeing career. Anthony has actively delivered workshops at some Prison Me No Way Crime and Safety Awareness Days; and has also supported events across the country that has helped to attract investment and ongoing support for PMNW and its work.
Anthony has been a Premier League referee since 2010 and has officiated in more than 400 matches in professional football since 2006. Becoming a FIFA international referee in 2013, Anthony is currently in UEFA’s elite group of referees. He has taken charge of all four domestic cup finals and is the only referee to have officiated in all four finals of UEFA’s major competitions. Anthony is a highly regarded and widely respected official who referees matches across the world and is regarded as one of the leading referees both home and abroad. In 2017 he also refereed the ultimate honour for any referee; the FA Cup Final at Wembley between Arsenal and Chelsea.
Lisa kelsey topped off a memorable evening. Guests then had an opportunity to mingle and meet with Patrons before everybody headed off home.
Paul Wilkinson Chief Executive of Prison Me No Way said; PMNW longevity and strength has been built upon a can-do mentality, an incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic workforce and; ability to consolidate, adapt, diversify, and constantly evolve. Being a charity for young people – the Trust ensures they have an active stake in the Trusts evolution and regular research is carried out to ensure programmes and sessions are compatible with their ever-changing needs.
Our formidable team of Trustees and amazing volunteers give generously of their time (including serving prisoners); supported by hard working staff and enthused Patrons, Ambassadors, and partner agencies; who all strive for excellence in the service provided and generous investors who support and believe in our vision. PMNW is an investment in our children and young people’s future; their future, is all our futures.
- In the school year September 2017 to July 2018 Prison Me No Way will deliver a minimum 160 Crime and Safety Awareness Days involving approximately 40,000 young people aged 12 – 15.
- Prison Me No Way will be staging 40 Crime & Safety Awareness Day involving approximately 10,000 young people aged between 12 – 15 at secondary schools in Hull, East and West Yorkshire, County Durham, Greater Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cornwall, Hampshire, Cambridgeshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire between 18th June and 21st July 2018.