HMP Channings Wood - Certificate of Excellence

HMP Channings Wood, OLASS News


HMP Channings Wood received a Certificate of Excellence from the Prison Radio Association for Insider Prison Radio 2015. The certificate was presented to Louise Mitchell, Weston College’s Radio Production tutor.


Erin Riley, Head of Prison Radio, visited HMP Channings Wood and commented “I was really impressed by what’s going on.” The course focuses on the learners producing a one hour radio show which is linked to the four week NCFE course. This show consists of interviews, adverts, jingles and music. Interviews are conducted by the learners and these are often held with senior prison management, including the Governor, to discuss issues and interests relevant to the learners. 

The course builds confidence, self-esteem and self-worth as the learners feel they are developing important material that is listened to by a large and varied audience. Once collated and edited by the tutor, Louise Mitchell, the show is played out across the HMP Channings Wood internal radio system via the National Prison Radio.

NPR is a dedicated station for offenders which broadcasts from Brixton Prison in London. Prisons are then able to play out their own shows at certain times of the day. Some of the work produced by learners on the course has also been broadcast across the whole of the prison estate and the Certificate of Excellence recognises the excellent work that has been done at HMP Channings Wood. 

Source: Weston Brighter Futures Newsletter 2016

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