Dyke House pupils find out harsh realities of prison life

Dyke House Sports and Tecnology College student Cameron Barker in a mock prison cell
Dyke House Sports and Tecnology College student Cameron Barker in a mock prison cell

YOUNGSTERS found out about the harsh realities of prison life during a day of insightful workshops.

The students at Dyke House Sports and Technology College were told about the day-to-day life of those serving time and found out more about the criminal system.

It was all part of a day in school organised by Prison Me! No-Way!!, a charity set up by prison officers in 1993 in an effort to turn young people away from a life of crime.

The students at Dyke House took part in a number of workshops and also got the opportunity to question a prisoner who joined the charity’s representatives in visiting the school for the day.

Phil Wilson, director of community liaison for the charity, said: “The whole idea of what we do is to raise awareness of all of the many issues that come with a life in crime and anti-social behaviour.

“I know for a fact that 95 per cent of the young people we speak to won’t go on to a life of crime.

“We can’t make decisions for youngsters but what we can do is raise awareness and challenge any misconceptions young people have about life in prison.”

Phil added: “The feedback from the school and the students was fantastic which is great.

“Dyke House has supported us from the very start.”