Police and Crime Commissioner joins a No Way Trust visit (17 Mar 2015)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner visited a national crime prevention charity delivering sessions at Spen Valley Sports College in Liversedge last week (11/03).

Prison Me! No-Way! Is an educational charity with the core aim of raising awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.

They tour the country running sessions in schools and colleges with ex-offenders, a mock-up of a real prison cell and people who have had their lives affected by crime. Their programmes are designed to be accessible and flexible and are tailored for young people from the ages of 8 to 18 years old.

Programmes are delivered in partnership with the Prison, Police and Fire services, Network Rail, the Magistrates Service, Youth Justice Teams, Victim Support, Ambulance Service, drug prevention agencies, Alcoholics Anonymous and others.

The charity were awarded a grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund last year.

Mark Burns-Williamson said "I was pleased to be able to award the charity with £8000 from the first round of my Safer Communities Fund and it's clear from the sessions I joined today that they're doing a very worthwhile job in highlighting the harsh realities of life in prison.

"These programmes are all about raising awareness and showing young people the possible and lasting consequences of crime, not only to themselves but their families and their communities too.

"The charity have really thought about what would be engaging to young people, after speaking to some of the participants myself, it was clear that seeing the mock-up prison cell, the lack of space and amenities, and hearing from ex-offenders themselves will leave a lasting impression in helping them to steer away from crime."

The project was set up by prison officers in 1993, Prison Me No Way! has operated as the No Way Trust since 1995, and has reached more than 5 million young people through the hard work and sheer determination of its volunteers, staff and trustees.

Malcom Parkes from the The No Way Trust said "Young people today are exposed to so much through technology, social media and television. The whole day is about them looking at their choices, decisions and actions and hopefully make them think before taking any of these, as after the day they understand the consequences of making the wrong choice , decision or action"


Prison Me No Way - Malcolm Parkes - PCC Mark Burns -Williamson - Kath Longstaff
Malcolm Parkes, Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, and Kath Longstaff of Prison Me No Way



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