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The No Way Trust

The No Way Trust

Providing workshops into prison life

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Your Choice Day – For Primary Schools aged 9-11

Earlier intervention is required more so than ever. The advent of social media has exposed our children to increased risk and temptations at a much younger age. Your Choice Day’s are age appropriate and focus on prevalent local issues relevant to the age group targeted and include fun activities (if you have fun and laugh you learn and absorb so much more). Days include sessions about why we have rules, laws and justice, the role of the courts, police and prisons and area relevant sessions covering for example drugs, county lines, hate crime, alcohol, young victims, domestic violence, mental health, exploitation, bullying, staying safe on and off line and in the home and street life.

The aim is to prepare children for challenges of the modern day in an interactive way that can be absorbed without fear whilst also ensuring their well-being and safety is protected. These days also help children prepare for the step up towards secondary education with increased confidence and accurate knowledge better able to understand, react appropriately and protect themselves during the transition period.

Crime & Safety Awareness Day – Secondary Education

Crime and Safety Awareness Day are much sought after and provide a constantly evolving, unique and interactive educational experience for young people. Audiences are usually aged 11 to 15 in partnership with Academies / Schools and an involve a wide range of crime and safety agencies, professionals, and volunteers. Each day is individually tailored to local crime and safety issues, as determined by the venue, and offers sessions around: County Lines, Knife and Weapons Crime, Anti-Social Behaviour, Choices, Prison Environment, Meeting and speaking with current and ex-prisoners, gun and knife crime, drugs and links to crime and irresponsible behaviour, Extremism, Mental Health, Transitions, Domestic abuse, Harassment and Relationships, Child Sexual Exploitation Online and offline, consequences of social media misuse, grooming, a replica prison cell, a road traffic accident, arson and hoax calls, a youth court etc. Sessions provided on any day are agreed in advance with the venue.

These days help young people to develop the skill and knowledge to think about the decisions they make and the impact of those decisions upon themselves, their family, their friends and their community. Sessions also help young people to understand the consequences of poor choices, learn how to avoid crime, reduce risky behaviour, stay safe, make better choices and know where to turn for help.

Further, the days contribute to keeping the young safe and reduce the likelihood of them becoming victims of crime, exploited or groomed in any other forms. Communities will also benefit through reductions in instances of crime, anti-social and other questionable behaviour. The days also help inform some young peoples’ future career aspirations through the agencies engaged with. A key feature of these days is to encourage young people to understand that no matter what challenges life may throw at you everybody has something great within; you just need to find what that is.

Cell Van – Presentation / Exhibit

The life size replica and fully furnished prison cell realistically presents prisoners living conditions and cell contents and can be delivered to all age groups. It can be used either as a standalone exhibit or combined with a prison officer’s presentation, giving an overview of how crime and prison affects the offender. 

Up to 12 people can be in the cell at any one time, with larger audiences scheduled in. We have three vans available stationed around the country. The dimensions are 3m high x 2m wide x 6m long. Please note the Cell Van and presentation is subject to availability.

Prisoner Presentation

Sessions provided are for young people aged 11 upwards. Presenters share real life stories about the impact prison life and crimes has had upon them, their family, victims and future life aspirations. Sessions complement key aspects of the national curriculum, law, justice and social responsibility, Citizenship etc. Sessions can involve a full year group or alternatively provide several presentations to smaller groups of young people. Basically we will work with you to find the best resolution for your organisation. The sessions offered are not sensationalised and are age appropriate, gives respect and earns respect of young audiences and fully adhere to child safeguarding procedures.           

Ex Prisoner explains:

It’s very important for young people to know the truth from those who really know. I’m a firm believer in crime prevention, restorative justice, promoting victim empathy and awareness and early intervention. Growing up I never got a balanced view on crime and the devastation it has on society. My motivation now is to inspire self-belief in our young and contribute to them fulfilling their potential and life ambitions through education. I want to do this by given them an honest and accurate account about the ripple effects crime and prison has on society through the sharing of my past life experiences.

Feedback:

Teaching Staff

Kids were literally hanging on his every word. His message was strong, compelling and brilliant.

An excellent insight into the mind of a reformed criminal

Never heard a room of pupils so quiet!  Spot on information easy to follow and engaged all pupils.

Young People

Very important lesson, education opens doors, a criminal record closes doors.

This showed me that a lot of people feel remorse for what they have done and rebelling makes it worse.

I learned just how difficult it is to be released from prison and rebuild your life

Listening to the prisoners made me want to change as a person and made me want to change for good.

PRU / YOS Sessions

PMNW was created to help break the cycle of young people offending or re-offending. PMNW tries to allow young people to have the right information for them to make the right choices in an ever increasingly fast paced world yet understands through experienced Prison Officers and other criminal justice field workers that the lives of those young people can often be complex.

PMNW by its nature specialises in trying to help young people who have been taken out of the school environment and are in either Pupil Referral Units or working with Youth Offending Services etc.

These sessions are specifically tailored to the needs of the young people in your organisation, which can be agreed and planned with you when making contact.

Other Presentations

We offer a range of standalone presentations drawn from the suite of sessions offered for crime and safety awareness days. Please see Crime & Safety Awareness Day section for more information.

These sessions are specifically tailored to the needs of the young people in your organisation, which can be agreed and planned with you when making contact.

 

Testimonials

 
Featured Articles
''Overall this day has been life changing and honestly is unforgettable. I would like to thank the whole staff for this amazing experience. I would like to recommend to anyone, wishing to change their perception on most things in life. Anthony was quite honestly a class guy, his story was ...
''I believe many others also enjoyed this workshop. It shocked some to find out about how the prisoners day to day life was...it felt more real with true prisoners talking to us'' Pupil - Choices Workshop.  
PupilWolfroton
''This taught me that you don’t have to be involved with the crime to get a sentence for it you may just have to know it was happening. This was good because it teaches you to choose who you hang around with wisely'' Pupil - Choices Workshop 
PupilHeadlands
''Mind opening session for the students, students were made aware of consequences of violent crime involving gangs and knifes. Student participation was brilliant. Fantastic presentation skills!''Teacher Knife Crime Workshop 
TeacherWilliam Allit
''It was the most enjoyable of the day walking into the lesson I didn’t know what the lesson was about to begin with but I loved it. It was fun and so scary to realize what the world is'' Pupil - County Lines Workshop 
PupilBishop Barrington School
''They have learnt the reality of prison. Very engaged the whole time, the students were really engrossed in the lesson don't think I've ever heard them so quite!'' Teacher, Prison Life Workshop. 
TeacherChaucer School
''I benefited from this workshop because i learnt about the conditions the prisoners live in and it made me realize that i don't want to go to jail'' Pupil - Prison Life Workshop
Pupil aged 13St Angela's Ursuline School
''What a fantastic end to a brilliant day! So beneficial to the kids & such inspirational stories. A credit to the profession. Thank you!'' Teacher - Jenny & Mannies Story (Choices) 
TeacherAllerton High School
''I really liked how everything was related to making young people better – your consistent reference to young people to be successful – it was really clear that it was all about inspiring people to be better.'' Teacher
TeacherSidney Stringer

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