FEEDBACK & TESTIMONIALS

FEEDBACK FROM YEAR 6 STUDENTS AT MOORSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL IN SWINTON, MANCHESTER

Dear GANG for LIFE? Team, My name is Teishaan and I am a Year 6 student at Moorside Primary School in Swinton.  I am writing to you following your recent visit to our School.

I really enjoyed the day, but my favourite part was how Jason told his story and that he was so passionate.  Furthermore I really loved the skipping.  Yours Truly, Teishan

Dear GANG for LIFE? team.  My name is Scarlett and I am from Year 6 class at Moorside Primary School in Swinton.

I want to thank you for your time and the activities you gave us, it was fun!  The education was my favourite part as i felt that Jason was brave to tell us his story, but I also loved the sports and taking part in punching and kicking the bags.

Thank you so much for a marvellous day.  Your Sincerely, from Scarlett

Dear GANG for LIFE? Team,  My name is Daisy and I am a Year 6 student at Moorside Primary School in Swinton.  I am writing to you about your visit to our school. 

I really enjoyed the Boxing parts of the sport, and listening to Jason's story and making me aware of the dangers.  My favourite part was the sports and i loved the partner work on the different stations but the PowerPoint was great.  I looked up to Jason for being brave and teaching me things i didn't know, assuring me i will be safe and sensible.  Thanks for taking you time coming to our school.

 

FEEDBACK FROM 2 STAFF MEMBERS AT ROLLS CRESCENT PRIMARY SCHOOL IN HULME, it is feedback like this that we feel makes all the work worthwhile, to leave such a lasting impression is what this project is all about 

DID YOU AS STAFF ENGAGE WITH OUR WORKERS?
Yes
HOW WELL DO YOU THINK THE PREVENT 2 PROTECT TEAM ENGAGED WITH THE CHILDREN?
Very well.  The children were all engaged throughout the morning (no easy task!)
DID THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH AND WELLBEING COME ACROSS?
Yes
DID THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF GANG LIFE COME ACROSS?
Definitely.  The children listened intently, asked relevant questions - and were still talking about the sessions/asking questions later.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OF HOW TO IMPROVE THE SESSIONS, BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND SPORTS?
No
DO YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK FOR OUR TEAM?
A big thank you!
WOULD YOU LIKE FOR US TO RETURN?
Yes
IN A SHORT PARAGRAPH PLEASE CAN YOU SUMMARISE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GANG FOR LIFE? SESSIONS
I have worked in Hulme for more than 20 years and know of several cases where our pupils have become involved  with gangs, often with serious consequences.  I was only in class for Jason's session - but his honesty, his directness in answering questions etc. brought home his experiences like no other similar sessions I have attended.  I am sure it will have made a lasting impression on the children.  It might well have saved someone from a very unhappy future

DID YOU AS STAFF ENGAGE WITH OUR WORKERS?

Yes, we joined in the physical activities and supported during the classroom session

HOW WELL DO YOU THINK THE PREVENT 2 PROTECT TEAM ENGAGED WITH THE CHILDREN?

Very well. Class 6B were a captive audience and all way the team engaged with the students was very positive.

DID THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH AND WELLBEING COME ACROSS?

Yes, they understood that emphasis was being put on exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.

DID THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF GANG LIFE COME ACROSS?

Definitely.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OF HOW TO IMPROVE THE SESSIONS? BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND SPORTS

Some of the slides and video clips used quite advanced language and vocabulary, which some of our new to English and SEND students would have found difficult to understand. These could be explained more effectively using more child-friendly language.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK FOR OUR TEAM?

Thank you for sharing your personal stories so bravely. They were very touching.

WOULD YOU LIKE FOR US TO RETURN?

Yes please. This work is very important, particularly for children in our community and we need to be talking to them about the dangers while they are still young and receptive!

IN A SHORT PARAGRAPH PLEASE CAN YOU SUMMARISE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GANG FOR LIFE? SESSIONS

The whole morning was well organized from start to finish. The use of a carousel of physical activities (circuit training) really engaged the children and stressed the importance of maintaining good health in a fun, child-friendly way. Following this, the pupils were more receptive to the classroom activities. Their participation was encouraged and their questions and contributions were handled positively and sensitively. Hearing about the first-hand experiences of the team was particularly powerful and really brought the reality of gangs and knife crime home. The use of fun, physical activities complemented the more serious classroom activities really well.

 

FEEDBACK FROM STAFF AT THE KASSIA ACADEMY IN PADGATE, WARRINGTON

DID YOU AS STAFF ENGAGE WITH OUR WORKERS?

Yes , staff were efficient , hardworking and had excellent subject knowledge which was well planned and prepared.

HOW WELL DO YOU THINK THE PREVENT 2 PROTECT TEAM ENGAGED WITH THE CHILDREN?

Staff engaged our young people and immediately established positive and purposeful relationships both in the talk and with the sport element.

DID THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH AND WELLBEING COME ACROSS?

Yes. The pupils enjoyed this session and were motivated as a result of it.

DID THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF GANG LIFE COME ACROSS?

Yes , strong subject knowledge , good visuals and strong impact , pupils wanted to discuss this further and would benefit from further work

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OF HOW TO IMPROVE THE SESSIONS? BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND SPORTS

Increased use of offenders as the talk had a tremendous impact

DO YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK FOR OUR TEAM?

Thank you so much

WOULD YOU LIKE FOR US TO RETURN?

Yes please

IN A SHORT PARAGRAPH PLEASE CAN YOU SUMMARISE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GANG FOR LIFE? SESSIONS

Informative and realistic talk from people who have experienced gang life from different perspectives. This had tremendous impact upon our young people for whom some are on the cusp of real life risky situations. These sessions could be life savers .

 

FEEDBACK RECEIVED FROM STAFF AT MOORSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL AFTER OUR TEAM WORKED WITH 90 OF THEIR YEAR 6 STUDENTS

The whole morning was brilliant from start to finish. The sessions were engaging and informative and pitched appropriately for the age group. The children learnt life-long skills and how to stay safe as they are growing up. The children had a fantastic day and were talking about it for weeks after! We will definitely have them back to school!

Many thanks, Catherine Cowperthwaite.

 

Really useful workshop, the classroom element was very informative and the children loved getting the chance to talk someone who had real life experience. Outdoor activities were exciting for the children with a good use of equipment, links to take part in those sports may be useful to pass on. 

Thanks, Paul Kay

  

Gang 4 life is an engaging, informative and beneficial workshop. My Year 6 class, thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the morning. Each activity was inclusive and provided children with life skills along with a  truthful reality of the consequences of joining a gang. I felt that this morning was extremely valuable and will be a memorable experience for all children and adults! Lauren Atherton

FEEDBACK RECEIVED FROM ANDREW PARK, CENTRE CO-ORDINATOR AT FIELDEN PARK LEARNING CENTRE IN WEST DIDSBURY

DID YOU AS STAFF ENGAGE WITH OUR WORKERS? 

Yes

HOW WELL DO YOU THINK THE PREVENT 2 PROTECT TEAM ENGAGED WITH THE CHILDREN?

Very well, Prevent used real life examples so the group could relate to them.

DID THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH AND WELLBEING COME ACROSS?

Yes

DID THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF GANG LIFE COME ACROSS?

Yes

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OF HOW TO IMPROVE THE SESSIONS? BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND SPORTS

If possible to run more than one session with more real life examples and maybe a longer separate sports session.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK FOR OUR TEAM?

Students really enjoyed the session, thank you.

WOULD YOU LIKE FOR US TO RETURN?

Yes

IN A SHORT PARAGRAPH PLEASE CAN YOU SUMMARISE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GANG FOR LIFE? SESSIONS

Very good session, opportunity for students to talk about their experiences in a forum with people who understand. The sports session could have been longer and as we have been in lockdown it was nice to see the students doing some physical activities.

FEEDBACK RECEIVED FROM NEWTON HEATH YOUTH PROJECT IN GREATER MANCHESTER

DID YOU AS STAFF ENGAGE WITH OUR WORKERS?
Yes session where supervised throughout
HOW WELL DO YOU THINK THE PREVENT 2 PROTECT TEAM ENGAGED WITH THE CHILDREN?
All Prevent 2 protect team engaged well with our students
DID THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH AND WELLBEING COME ACROSS?
Yes I feel that the young people got the message and continued discussing the activities
DID THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF GANG LIFE COME ACROSS?
I feel the students gained a better understanding of how easy it is to become involved in gang life and it helped them to recognized what a constitutes a gang
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OF HOW TO IMPROVE THE SESSIONS? BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND SPORTS
Wellbeing activates that would encourage more engagement from the girls facials etc. Also more education on how girls become involved in gang life and the roles they play within that
DO YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK FOR OUR TEAM?

No
WOULD YOU LIKE FOR US TO RETURN?
Yes think we would like some follow up work either one to one or smaller groups
IN A SHORT PARAGRAPH PLEASE CAN YOU SUMMARISE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GANG FOR LIFE? SESSIONS
All round good session’s staff were really engaging and interacted well with students and staff. The session were informative and interesting and raised student’s awareness of gang life and how engaging in sports is a positive thing not only for health purposes but for the purpose of focusing on sport as a distraction from getting involved in gangs.

Angela Taylor (Manchester Secondary PRU - Newton Heath Learning)
 

‘The agency staff were fantastic! They really engaged positively with our students and the message 'Say No to Gangs and No to Drugs' was powerful and had an impact on the students who were part of the sessions’.  

Matt Wilson (The Clifton Centre PRU)

Our Year 6 children benefited enormously from the present 2 protect session that was delivered in school. From start to finish, the children were fully engaged and interactive. The factual presentation was age appropriate and informative without being too much for the children at this age. There was a good balance between giving facts and eliciting responses (which were dealt with sensitively). The practical session in the hall was a big hit with all the children - many of which challenged themselves more than they would usually. 
Use prevent 2 protect again - a resounding yes!

Ben McKean (St James Primary School, Farnworth)

To everyone at Prevent2Protect,

 

At Brighter Futures we have groups of students from various authorities who are here to build on social development and life skills, we have a relaxed policy where every child matters and we look at individual plans of progression and self-awareness. You came in on Thursday 8th October and ran sessions with our learners covering cookery from scratch and sport, fitness and well-being.

The learners were engaged from the start and thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and we felt it was beneficial and successful, we are looking forward to future engagement as the staff also believe the enthusiasm shown by yourselves was a massive contribution to the learners progression plans.

Students and staff discussed the sessions and agreed the sessions were:

· Well planned out · Well presented · Tutors related well with learners · Appropriate language at a level easily understood

· Exercise was targeted at learners’ levels and adapted accordingly

 

Overall, it was a pleasure having you in to our centre and we look forward to doing so again in the future. Regards.

Neil Smith (Manager, Brighter Futures)

"The Prevent 2 Protect team came into Broadwalk to run a workshop about gangs and crime.  They worked with pupils to give them some knowledge about County Lines and Jason, who had previously been in prison because of gang crime, talked about his experience.  This session was followed by a boxing circuit class, to show how good exercise can be for your mental health and having a positive attitude.  This session was a fantastic experience for our pupils and they learnt a great deal. Thank you to everyone at Prevent 2 Protect."
Lisa Prior (PSHE Teacher, New Broadwalk PRU)

Feedback from our workshops ran on the 20th November 2020

Thank you for the sessions you ran today, they were really enjoyed by all the learners who participated.

The cookery lesson went well (all the pizza was eaten, and more was requested) some of the learners have already put requests in to make their favourite foods when you return.

The learners that took part in the fitness session all agreed it was fun and really pushed them, when asked how it went some responses were: "its sick" CB, "its good" AW, "when are they back" MF - all were positive by everyone that took part.

We found your staff to be engaging with the learners, able to communicate at a level that was easily understood, informative and they kept the groups under control. I look forward to working with yourselves in the future.

Neil Smith (Manager, Brighter Futures)

To everyone at Prevent2Protect,

 

At Brighter Futures we have groups of students from various authorities who are here to build on social development and life skills, we have a relaxed policy where every child matters and we look at individual plans of progression and self-awareness.

You came in on Thursday 8th October and ran sessions with our learners covering cookery from scratch and sport, fitness and well-being. On popular demand you also visited again on the 16th November! This was again cooking and fitness with a different group of learners. The learners thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and we felt it was beneficial and successful, we are looking forward to future engagement as the staff also believe the enthusiasm shown by yourselves was a massive contribution to the learners progression plans. The students will be doing an evaluation sheet at some point over the nest few weeks so you will be given one for each. We will add this document into the students reviews and reports.

 

Students and staff discussed the sessions and agreed the sessions were: • Well presented great sessions and varied • Tutors related well with learners • Appropriate language at a level easily understood • Exercise was targeted at learners’ levels and adapted accordingly. Once again having you in to our centre was a valued session, we look forward to doing so again in the future.

Neil Smith (Manager, Brighter Futures) & Jane Barnes (APQA support)

Feedback from the Staff at Manor Road City Learning Centre after our visits there over the last couple of weeks (photos to follow). Feedback like this is why Prevent 2 Protect are proud of the work being done and the results we are achieving.

"The programme was a great way to raise awareness about Gang issues especially for our students and the vulnerability that they may face at this young age.
The presentation was clear and informative and the students were engaged in asking questions.
The "real" example given of Gangs and Imprisonment highlighted the real dangers of Gang experience by a member of your team, it also shown that you can achieve a positive outcome if you wish.
On behalf of Manor Road Staff, we would like to thank you for your great effort and interest in our students.
THANK YOU"

"I thought the presentation and the subject matter discussed was excellent in every way. The children were largely engaged and participated in the discussion.
In summary, a worthwhile, informative and educationally beneficial exercise.
THANK YOU"

Feedback from Staff and Students at The Clifton Centre PRU, after taking part in our #GANGforLIFE? Project:

 

WHAT DID YOU FIND MOST SATISFYING ABOUT THE SESSIONS?

The way the staff (p2p) engaged with the students - the staff met the mindset of our cohort.

The variety of equipment used was different than our students are used to which made it exciting.

The Education sessions were informative and easily accessible for our students.

The gym activities were enjoyable.

"I was surprised at what i could do, i'd never challenged myself like that before". (student)

I enjoyed kicking the punch bag (student)

I liked the Boxing (student).

DID YOU ENGAGE WITH OUR WORKERS?

All of Clifton staff that took part engaged with P2P workers who were approachable and open to finding out about our students (staff).

"I enjoyed the workers who came in, they treated us well" (student)

"They were safe" (student).

DID THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH AND WELLBEING COME ACROSS?

Yes the message about this came across strongly for both staff and students. This was a unanimous view (both staff and students)

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OF HOW TO IMOROVE THE SESSION?

No

DO YOU HAVE ANY FEEDBACK FOR OUR TEAM?

Staff were impressed at the speed at which the workers were able to engage our students. Workers were respectful of personal space and interacted and involved PRU staff.

The team worked very well with some of the most hard to reach students in the Authority. They quickly built relationships that have the potential to be built upon moving forwards if it is an option to have P2P back in school.

WOULD YOU LIKE FOR US TO RETURN?

Yes

IN A SHORT PARAGRAPH PLEASE CAN YOU SUMMARISE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GANG FOR LIFE? SESSIONS

The sessions have been beneficial in providing our students with a safe and informative space to learn about wellbeing and the choices they make. This will hopefully inform how their lives may turn out in the futures. Workers were open and honest about their lived experiences which allowed some of our students a window into the possible choices and ramifications of these choices. The overall opinion from school staff observed that the students engaged well because they didnt feel judged and the safety of this atmosphere allowed them to join in knowing it was ok just to "have a go" at the different activities on offer.

The work fits nicely into the PSE Curriculum that students are currently studying around Emotional Well being, drug education and relationships. From a school perspective it is always a privilege to work with organisations who completely understand the needs of our students. It is clear that P2P have the synergy that is necessary to ignite to minds of our hard to reach cohort of students. We would really appreciate more sessions if that could be made possible. Thank You!