Radio Wanno Enters the International Video and Communications Awards

Radio Wanno, Media for Development’s prison radio station in HMP Wandsworth, has won the radio category three years in a row and is hopeful that the programmes made by prisoners for prisoners will win for an unprecedented fourth year.

Kevin Field, Radio Wanno’s project manager said,

“The fact that the programmes are made by the guys and beat off competition from seasoned professional broadcasters each year is amazing, and I’m not sure what that says about what we do here, its special”.

The IVCA‘s as they are known are for broadcast programmes or series which promote or acknowledge CSR, diversity, sustainability, community development, ethical, health or welfare issues… for programmes that either use drama, are information driven or provide personal testimony.

Radio Wanno has entered three programmes this year, they include:

Induction Programme – The Wanno Way
This is the guide that every new prisoner needs to hear, this is the here and now of HMP Wandsworth for any first night in prisoner.  It provides a guide to how the prison works the services and support available in Western Europe’s largest prison.  The programme plays four times a week on Radio Wanno.

Addiction – The Battle Within
A frank an honest look at the relationship between addiction and mental health through the eyes of the people have been through it, have been touched by it and are suffering from its effects.  We follow the journey of one prisoner living on the Wandsworth drug recovery wing who is battling with his addiction.  We also hear contributions from a governing governor who has lived close to addiction through a family member and a Hollywood movie star who tells us the effects of depression, as well as support information for prisoners listening to the programme.

Express Yourself
Some say prisoners don’t talk to express themselves, especially men – or so you think – in this eye opening programme prisoners share the myriad of ways they express themselves while behind bars.  The programme highlights the services available to prisoners including Safer Custody, Mental Health, and Writers in Residence, Listeners, Library, Education and others.

Entrants find out in September if they have been shortlisted for this year’s award.

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