Prison project has a fairytale ending

PRIZE IDEA: Staff from HMP Low Newton with their award.
PRIZE IDEA: Staff from HMP Low Newton with their award.
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A FAIRYTALE world helping families to deal with the gritty reality of prison life has won a jail an award.

HMP Low Newton, on the outskirts of Durham, which holds women, has picked up the overall prize in the Nursery Rhyme Challenge for activities which have helped bring families closer together.

The project, supported with funding from the County Durham Community Foundation, sees inmates and relatives create a nursery rhyme cookbook, which includes tasks including decorating pinnies, making sugar mice, representing nursery rhyme Hickory, Dickory Dock, and making Humpty Dumpty eggs.

While Low Newton was awarded the top title by Bookstart and KidsVIP, HMP Durham and HMP Frankland, which are also in the city, collected national titles for their category of prison.

All three entries were co-ordinated by NEPACS, a regional charity which works to build bridges for prisoners and their families and believes the loved ones of offenders can be the hidden victims of crime when their relatives are imprisoned.

NEPACS regional manager for play areas, Christine Slassor, said: “We are absolutely delighted by these awards.

“Staff and volunteers have worked so hard to make these special sessions memorable, creative, and above all, lots of fun.”

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