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PMNW Newest YAG Member Thomas James

PMNW Newest YAG Member Thomas James

My name is Thomas James; currently 17 years old, living and working in the Durham area. I currently work for Durham Constabulary as an Apprentice Youth Development Worker. I am employed by Durham Constabulary however, I am seconded to a charity named Durham Agency Against Crime (DAAC) that run youth diversion and community engagement programmes, aimed at ages 9-18. Targeting the younger students through a Mini Police program within primary schools in County and Durham and preventing crime through education. DAAC also runs projects such as Haggrid and Get Gripped that use gardening and climbing to engage and divert secondary school pupils as well as the secondary school projects the DAAC also runs the Durham Volunteer Police Cadet scheme.

My first experience of Prison! Me! No-Way! Was visiting a Crime and Safety Awareness Day at Greenfield in early 2017 with local PCSO’s. During this visit, I could sense how much the students and teachers likewise, were enjoying the day and listening to the young people talk amongst themselves you could tell how much they were learning throughout the day. Speaking to Phil Wilson and John Palmer it let me understand how large the charity was and how strong of an impact the No-Way Trust has had on many young people nationwide. I then attended several other Crime and Safety Awareness days and felt I wanted to take a more ‘hands-on’ role within the charity. This is when I applied to become part of the YAG and met with Fiona + Ben; it seemed that we were all on the same wavelength and everybody was happy to proceed with me joining the YAG. I have since began presenting with Ben Thorpe and we seem to have created a very good relationship which enables us to present the Harassment and Relationship workshop to the best of our abilities. I hope to continue supporting the charity through workshops and feedback I can deliver.