Police and Crime Commissioner kicks off Crime and Safety Awareness Day at Castleford Academy (26 May 2017)

PMNW1West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson helped launch a day of crime and safety awareness inputs at Castleford Academy today (26/05) where he was a pupil many years ago.

The day consisted of sessions on a whole range of issues such as fire safety, what it's like to serve time in prison, using transport safely, the potentially life changing consequences of violence, and an input with a reformed offender on making the right choices.

The event is the brain child of The No Way Trust (TNWT) and similar days are run with schools and colleges across West Yorkshire.

TNWT is a national educational charity with a core aim of raising awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.

Their programmes are designed to help 8 to 18 year olds from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds.

Set up as a project by prison officers in 1993, the No Way Trust has reached more than 5 million young people through the hard work and sheer determination of its volunteers, staff and trustees.

TNWT have previously received multiple grants from Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund to help deliver these events. The Fund is financed through money recovered from criminals by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors and grants of up to £5000 are available for community groups across West Yorkshire.

Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I was very pleased to be able to open this event at my old school and thank everyone in person for their hard work and dedication in making these innovative awareness days happen. I know that Castleford Academy has made great strides in recent years where I was a School Governor until quite recently.

"This was a fantastic day and it was clear to see how much the young students enjoyed it. It's important to make the effort to engage, the pupils were actively involved in each session working through scenarios and asking questions about the wider impact of crime and criminal justice.

"I applaud the work of 'The No Way Trust' and the Academy in delivering this impactive programme to a wider audience and helping to educate good citizens of the future in Castleford and beyond."

Paul Wilkinson, Chief Executive of The No Way Trust said: "We are privileged and proud to be able to work throughout West Yorkshire in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioners office and other services. The importance of these days cannot be understated; Challenges young people face today are far greater than that faced by previous generations.

"These days help equip the young with skills and knowledge and considerately encourages them to think carefully about the decisions they make going forward, stay safe and positively manage the temptations of modern society and increasing risks posed through social media. Collectively helping young people and their communities to reduce crime, reoffending and anti-social behaviour and contribute towards creating safer communities for all."

To find out more about The No Way Trust visit https://www.pmnw.co.uk/

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