‘Prison Me No Way’ comes to Hull!
A fantastic community project aimed at children aged 9-11 has been extended and will be rolled out across schools in Hull.
Neighbourhood Beat Officer PC Ria Featherstone, based at Bransholme, has spent the last year working closely with the Prison Me? No Way! programme.
The project is aimed at helping young people to be more aware of the world around them, avoid trouble, stay safe and learn about rights and responsibilities, laws, justice, the role of the courts, police, other emergency services and prisons.
It provides a number of interactive activities that teach children to navigate difficult situations.
Discussing the project, PC Featherstone said:
“The project is a really good opportunity for children to learn all about prison life as the staff from PMNW are mostly ex-prison officers. The children even got to see the inside of a replica cell as the event had a mobile prison cell van they can see!
“Due to the success of the joint partnership working with the Safer Hull Partnership and the West Carr Ward councillors, I have now arranged a further seven primary school events in the wider Hull area. Each school will receive the event thanks to generous funding kindly provided by local grant funders and supporters of the PMNW programme. Further days are also still to be arranged.
“The local Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT) staff for each school will attend every event, helping deliver the input to the kids.
“I am really looking forward to meeting the kids of a further seven Hull schools in April and May and I really hope that they get as much out of our events as the children have done so far.
“This interaction with young people at this early stage in their lives can only build on the trust and confidence in both the police, prison service and people in authority. We hope that they can come to us about any problems they have and ultimately help prevent them becoming involved in crime or anti-social behaviour.”
The Safer Hull Partnership contributed £3,000 towards the project, while an additional £2,000 was funded by West Carr Ward local councillors.