‘Growing Wild’ at HMP Foston Hall
Women at HMP Foston Hall received seed and fungi kits from the Grow Wild Project this year, sowing wildflower seeds and growing fungi under the enthusiastic leadership of their English teacher, Marilyn Carthy. “Give me a subject and I’ll make an English lesson out of it”, Marilyn says - her can do attitude is infectious and she is clearly well respected by the women who enjoy learning with her.
Events & Celebrations Calendar for 2018 - out now!
We are delighted to launch our Events & Celebrations Calendar for 2018. The calendar is an important resource for Milton Keynes College staff and learners, particularly in terms of planning activities to celebrate cultural events, religious festivals and holidays. It also serves to raise awareness of the wider equality and diversity agenda and other issues of relevance to offenders such as health and wellbeing, whilst undertaking learning.
Industry stands together to transform lives…
Employers and key stakeholders from the waste management industry came together recently to celebrate the success of 19 learners who have achieved industry accredited qualifications at HMP Hewell in Redditch; and to officially launch the UK-wide Waste and Resource Management Employment Academy.
Leicester prison cookery teacher wins national award, presented by Sam Bailey
An MK College cookery teacher at Leicester’s HMP Gartree has won a national prison education award, presented by local prison officer turned X-factor winner Sam Bailey. Geoff Sykes, 48, has run the ‘Flavours’ restaurant at HMP Gartree for six years, teaching prisoners culinary skills and helping them gain work experience and valuable qualifications.
HMP Ranby prison teacher wins national award thanks to prisoners’ nominations
An MK College English teacher at Nottinghamshire’s HMP Ranby has won a national education award for her impact on her students’ lives, after being nominated by prisoners themselves. Roxy Ball was named as the overall winner in the Teacher category at the Prisoner Learning Alliance awards held on 14 September. The prize was presented by Sam Bailey, who herself worked as a prison officer at HMP Gartree before auditioning for X-factor.
HAMPSHIRE RESIDENT WINS REGIONAL FESTIVAL OF LEARNING AWARD
MK College learner, Steven Tyrell, from Hampshire has been announced as winner of the Festival of Learning Outstanding Individual Learner award for the London and South East region for his exceptional achievement in adult learning. This award celebrates adults who, through learning, have transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends, their communities, and the places they work.
HMP Stocken raises funds for MacMillan
Wanting to raise money for MacMillan, Mr Perry, a mentor in HMP Stocken’s catering workshop, approached the men on his wing, asking them to donate out of their accounts to buy raffle tickets. The idea, supported by the No.1 Governor, gave the men the chance to win a delicious chocolate cake that they had made in catering and there was no shortage of willing participants!
Imran’s story: My full circle
Life was good. It was April 2007. Life was good, I was living in a new house, looking after my 4-year-old daughter and building up a good reputation with my employer at the time, the Halifax. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise that I was also heading to Jail. Going out every weekend whether it be a football match or just hitting the town usually came hand in hand with a fight at some point of the day. In the space of three months I was involved in two serious incidents which ended up with me sent to jail for 12 months.
Viridor’s Energy Recovery Facility at Ardley hosts visit by prison officers
Viridor’s Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Ardley near Bicester hosted an educational tour for teaching staff and prison officers, as part of Milton Keynes College’s Offender Learning programme. The initiative, supported by the Teach Too Partnership and awarding body Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board, aims to encourage people from industry to share their working knowledge and build links between employers and training providers.