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Holy Family Crime And Safety Awareness Day

Prison Me! No way!

Prison Me! No Way! were welcomed into school to deliver a series of workshops to our year 9 students, to give them an insight into different aspects of the criminal justice system. The day was a huge success and a powerful message was sent out to students about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.

Prison Me! No Way! is a national educational charity with a core aim of raising awareness among young people. A number of prison officers, retired police, magistrates, housing association staff and domestic violence staff came into school and delivered the following workshops: Choices and Consequences, Anti-Social Behaviour Role Play, Prison Life (and visited a prison cell), a re-enactment of a Court Scene in a Magistrates Court, Domestic Violence and CEOP (Online Safety).

The day would not have been possible without funding from Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, who works within the Rochdale Borough to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. Staff from Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, alongside Prison Me! No Way! staff were involved in an interactive and engaging street scene, to show the impact of people acting in an anti-social manner.

The student’s favourite workshop was a powerful and emotive discussion with an ex-offender, who talked openly about his life and experiences and how he had taken the wrong path and got involved in serious gang crime but now has turned his life around and wants to educate young people so that they don’t make the same mistakes.

Feedback from Prison Me! No Way! co-ordinator Phil Wilson provided us with some really positive student feedback: ‘The students in Year 9 were a credit to themselves as well as the school and it was good to see all abilities rewarded in the closing session, which just goes to show that with a little encouragement and a unique approach, everyone can benefit. Let’s hope that some future difficult choices and decisions the students will invariably have to make have been made just a little bit easier knowing the consequences that could await them.’ Thank you year 9 for your efforts and involvement during the day!

Finally, we would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody who gave their time to come in and deliver at Holy Family, students and staff described the day as engaging, informative and very valuable.