Prison! Me! No-Way! 2020

Prison! Me! No-Way! returned for a Crime and Safety Awareness Day working with Year 9 at Driffield School.  The full day event took place on Tuesday 11th February 2020.

Prison! Me! No-Way! is run by the No Way Trust Charity and aims to show young people the consequences of committing crimes; the benefits of adopting positive lifestyles and how to stay safe.

Pat Touhy from the Prison me No Way Trust, said: "In the vast majority of cases crime ruins the lives of victims, the person committing the crime and their families.  Not to mention the impact upon communities”

Young people face far greater challenges than previous generations and we want to help them stay safe, be able to meet those challenges and not get involved in crime.  We also hope to inspire some young people involved here today to join some of the professionals working with them today and consider it as a possible career path.

This year we had workshops based around the theme of making the right choice. The day involved lots of role play and interactivity with a range of the following workshops such as ‘prison life’, prison staff and inmates, , real life ex-offenders, life sentences, Fire safety, Victim support and learning about the work of police search dogs.  

We also got a fantastic reception from staff and students at Driffield School. They really engage with the day’s activities year on year and it is always a privilege to return and work here.”

Some comments from the Years 9 students:

‘I have had a really memorial Day….my favorite workshop was the ex-prisoner workshop. I cannot believe some of the stories he told us and I will never forget his messages of not making the wrong choices. It was awesome’

‘I loved meeting the police dogs and seeing firsthand the work they did. It was really intresting’

 ‘I found the workshop with the prisoner really interesting. The prisoners account of what it’s really like in prison has really made me think it is a place I never want to go’ and ‘I found the mock prison cell terrifying. I was amazed how small it was.’

Kelly Wilkinson, Head of Social Studies for Driffield School, said:  “I was overwhelmed by how much the students gained from taking part in the ‘Prison! Me! No-Way! day. The staff that run the sessions are brilliant at engaging the students and are so passionate about helping students make the right choices in life. I am sure it will be a day that stays with the students for a long time”.