Enter your keyword




Click here to view feedback

The PMNW team returned to Park View School in Chester-Le-Street, County Durham for the first time since July 2009, however the welcome was just as warm and inspiring.

The Year 9 students were taken off timetable for their crime and safety awareness day and split into 8 groups of 28 to create ‘A’ to ‘H’ wings. The workshops consisted of:

1). Prison Life – an explanation of what happens on a typical day in prison and visit to the mobile cell facilitated by serving prisoner officers Sean Byrne (HMP Durham) and Dave Bainbridge (HMP Low Newton) backed up by the ever-enthusiastic retired prison officer, Dave Witt.

2). Street Scene – Ollie Woods and Kath Longstaff led the discussions surrounding the issue of anti-social behaviour to help the students understand the meaning and consequences of such actions.  ‘Confrontation Street’ a mock-up of a real street with graffiti wall, shop and house was used to role-play a scenario;

3). Askham Grange – this workshop led by prison officer Graham Holgate gave the students a unique opportunity to listen to three female inmates give an account of how their actions had led to  prison sentences.  Each person had a completely different story to tell but the result was still the same – a loss of liberty that not only had an immense affect on their lives but also on many others both directly and indirectly.

4). C.E.O.P. – a sensitive and well-delivered presentation by Barrie Thornton and Larry Peacock regarding the dangers associated with misuse of social media and how youngsters can protect themselves from potential danger whilst ‘innocently’ sharing information with others;

5). Magistrates – a re-enactment of a trial led by Durham Magistrates in the Community Team ably assisted by the students who played various roles and had the opportunity to study the evidence and decide the fate of the accused.  Many thanks to Olga and Lorraine for giving up their own time to allow the students to better understand the many parts of the judicial system;

6). Northern Power Grid – thanks to Bob Knox from N.P.G. for bringing the dangers of electricity in its many forms to the forefront of the youngsters minds.  This potential killer is so common in our everyday lives, from the source of power in our homes to the force that drives high speed trains, that its often taken for granted without thought for our own safety;

7).  Police – Weapons Awareness was the theme of this workshop presented by PCSO Adrian Richards and ably supported by PCSO Claire Patterson.  A varied session with plenty of examples for the students to understand how even everyday articles can be lethal if used inappropriately as well as the law regarding possession;

8). British Red Cross – this workshop highlighted the dangers of the misuse of alcohol but also how a little knowledge of basic first aid and a bit of quick-thinking on behalf of an onlooker could mean the difference between tragedy and eventual recovery.  Many thanks to Natalie O’Connor for an entertaining and educational workshop on how the ‘recovery position’ (which is often perceived as difficult) is much simpler when referred to and practised as the ‘push over’.

The day was concluded in the Theatre where the many visitors, staff and students were all thanked for their contribution to the success of the event.

The final act was to present prizes to two students from each ‘wing’  nominated by their teachers for having shown a high degree of interest and participation throughout the day. A difficult job indeed when so many deserved to be rewarded.

Special thanks go to Mr Nisbet and Mr Horn for their support in preparation of the event and on the day itself which allowed it to take place without a hitch.

We all look forward to returning again next year.

Phil Wilson – Crime Day Lead and Director of Community Liaison