Prison Me No Way
On the 17th of January Newland School for Girls hosted a Prison Me No Way event for all the students in Year 8. The project which was set up by 3 Prison Officers from HMP Hull in 1993, PMNW has operated as a registered charity; The No Way Trust Ltd since 1995, and has reached more than 5 million young people through the hard work and sheer determination of its volunteers, staff and trustees.
During their visit students took part in a range of workshops and activities, including: a mock magistrates court trial; a Life Choice workshop; a chance to talk to a former prisoner; and the chance to step into a realistic replica cell and see what it is like to be in prison.
The aim of the day is to give young people information about the prison system and use workshops to involve them lots of different scenarios that are relevant to young people; so that they can benefit through education in order to make better choices in the lives.
Students got involved in all the workshops and took part in role play scenarios with the streetscene and magistrates groups. They asked the organisers and the prisoners lots of questions, including whether they believed prisoners should be given the vote.
The day was a great success and the students all enjoyed taking part. The day ended on a high with awards presented to retiring PMNW staff and prizes presented to students. Mr Tuohy the Crime Day Lead commented; “a thoroughly enjoyable day had by all. All of the staff and agencies in attendance commented on how brilliantly well behaved all of Newland Girl Year 8’s were.” They added” that they are a credit to their uniform and the school they represent”.
Pupils and staff have been asked to give feedback through the ‘Prison Me? No Way’ website by visiting www.pmnw.co.uk and clicking on the feedback tab at the top of the page. You will then need to select whether you are a pupil or a teacher and fill in the short form on the page