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DEPUTY PCC PRAISES EDUCATIONAL CHARITY

DEPUTY PCC PRAISES EDUCATIONAL CHARITY

DEPUTY PCC PRAISES EDUCATIONAL CHARITY

Paul Robinson with David Jones of PMNW and the mobile prison cell.Paul Robinson with David Jones of PMNW and the mobile prison cell

Deputy PCC Paul Robinson has praised the work of charity The No Way Trust after spending a day with them to experience their ‘Prison, Me? No Way!’ event at a local secondary school. Paul joined the Year 9 students and staff of Howden School & Technology College as they took part in activities and learned about the consequences of crime and the harsh realities of prison life.

Prison vanPrison, Me? No Way! offers a unique learning experience with a series of workshops throughout the school day covering topics such as anti-social behaviour, drug misuse and online safety. Workshops are run by serving and ex-prison officers and support workers. Students also take part in a mock court hearing with serving magistrates, get to experience the inside of a mobile prison cell and act in a scene showing how anti-social behaviour affects other people.

The students also heard first-hand experiences of prison life from two serving inmates at Hatfield open prison. The prisoners are working with The No Way Trust as part of their rehabilitation and want to show other young people that crime does not pay. The students spent 40 minutes listening to their experiences and were able to ask questions. One of the inmates remarked “If by doing this work I can stop just one young person from making the same mistakes I did, it will have been worth it.”

ASBDeputy PCC Paul Robinson said: “This is a prime example of how to engage young people and show them the harsh consequences of crime. The workshops, presentations and student interaction were all excellent. I would recommend all schools to make use of Prison, Me? No Way! We need to get these messages home to our children at an early stage, and show them there is a better path for them to follow than being tempting into criminal activity and the abuse of alcohol and drugs. ”

For more information on Prison, Me? No Way! visit their websitewww.pmnw.co.uk

(Pictures by permission of Howden School)

Posted on Thursday 21st February 2013