Officer Sean Byrne presented with his award
Officer Sean Byrne from HMP Durham was presented with an award for his outstanding and continued volunteer support.
“I joined the Prison Service in 2005 as an OSG (operational support grade) and within 2 years was encouraged to go for my Officers exam, during this time I was put in touch with A gentleman called John Palmer as I was interested in finding out what Prison Me No Way was as their 18 tonne cellular vehicle was parked up in the yard within HMP Frankland compound, as you can imagine once I met John I was met with huge enthusiasm and drive towards the charity and became really interested in volunteering once I had completed my Officer Training,
I completed my officer training and was assigned HMP Durham as my base prison, once settled I spoke with John Palmer and got Booked onto a course for presenting for PMNW in Nottingham from there I went on to start my PMNW life,
From the first meeting with what I like to call my PMNW family I felt accepted valued and like I was making a difference in young peoples lives, I have lost count of the numbers of schools and various other places I have attended but still feel the same as when I first started that if I effect even 1 person with my knowledge and experience then everything I have done and continue to do is worthwhile, and I extend this to all who volunteer or are employed by PMNW from people I the field or in the office,
I hope to continue volunteering for a very long time and also continue to promote PMNW within my establishment to recruit more volunteers
Thank You to all the fantastic people I have encountered on my journey”