Wanno wins at the Koestler’s

HMP Wandsworth’s prison radio station and media literacy project has picked up a clutch of wins at the 2013 Koestler Awards.

The awards recognise the achievements of offenders who engage with projects that promote positive goals where participants acquire new skills and often discover unfrequented talent.

The Radio Wanno team of prison based producers and presenters picked up 8 awards including two commended, two highly commended, two bronze, silver and a platinum award.  It takes the total Koestler awards won by Radio Wanno students to 27 during the last five years.

The project based in HMP Wandsworth is managed by Media for Development in partnership with HMP Wandsworth and prison education provider A4e Justice.  The students study an NCFE level 1 and 2 in radio production and progress to working as a part of the stations broadcast unit and Made in Wandsworth initiative.

Kevin Field project manager of Radio Wanno said “Many of our winners have never been recognised for their work and this represents a real achivement for those involved”.

Doing Time invites well known public figures into the studios of Radio Wanno to share their life experience, learning and leaving behind their own prison legacy and it won the platinum award for an interview with Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman.

The men studying the NCFE radio production course won a silver award for their adverts which are created to promote opportunities, courses and interventions available within the prison.

Coverage of HMP Wandsworth’s Olympic Book Ceremony collected a bronze award as did a collection of the best bits of Radio Wanno.  Governors Question Time once again won an award this time highly commended for its ability to communicate with the prison population.  The Wanno Sports Show also picked up a highly commended.

Express Yourself and Get Up to Get Out are programmes that encourage prisoners to get up out of their cell and engage while in custody picked up and this also collected a commended award.

A full list of the Awards

Radio Production
Express Yourself – Commended Award
Get Up To Get Out – Commended Award
Wanno Sports Show – Highly Commended Award
The Governor’s Questions 2012 – Highly Commended Award
The Olympic Book Ceremony Event – Bronze Award
Radio Wanno Collection – Bronze Award
Radio Wanno Group Adverts – Silver Award
Doing Time with Hugh Jackman – Platinum Award

Fiction: Forgiveness
Cats, Chocolate and the Long Walk Home – Gold Award

Spoken Text
A Round Tuit – Highly Commended Award

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