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Courtesy of the Me! No-Way! Trust
Prison Me? No Way!
Tom's Trust has given a donation to the No Way Trust which helps to raise awareness amongst young people, aged 8 to 18, about the causes, consequences, penalties and impact of crime. Set-up as the Prison! Me! No Way! (PMNW) Project 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.
The aims of the Trust are: The education of children and young people about the risks and penalties of crime and anti-social behaviour and use of social media and by persuasion and education help to keep the young safe and prevent the commission of criminal offences.
They do this by running Crime Awareness Days in schools throughout the UK. Tom's Trust is paying for a number of these days in schools in deprived areas of London. The format of the day is extensive and intensive: pupils from a specific year group (Yrs 8 or 9) are taken out of their normal timetable for a whole school day and experience several different participative workshops, each lasting about an hour, delivered by No Way's staff, who are ex-prison officers and ex-offenders, in conjunction with local police, ambulance service, magistrates and prison staff. The idea is to explain crime and safety issues, to create an accurate picture of the criminal justice system and prison life, to dispel myths or misconceptions, and to encourage participants to respect the value of their freedom and understand the effect of choices they make. The days do leave a lasting impression. 90% of pupils said they would be less likely to commit a crime after experiencing one of these days.
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