Radio Wanno Wins Two International Communication Awards in London.

HMP Wandsworth’s prison radio station and media literacy project has been awarded twice with a Bronze in the Radio category and the Champions Award at the 10th International Visual Communications Association (IVCA) Clarion Awards.

IVCA CHAMPION 2013This is the 4th consecutive year that Radio Wanno has picked up a gong and this time the team behind the project were also recognised with a Champions Award for their work with communication in a prison setting.

‘Express Yourself’, a 30 minute documentary by a prisoner creates awareness of opportunities in prison for offenders to engage and express their feelings while moving towards an offence free life.  The programme maker also won an IVCA in 2012 and scooped Silver, Bronze and Commended at the 2013 Koestler Arts Awards.

Kevin Field is Radio Wanno’s Project Manager and is delighted with the projects success, he said:

“It’s about reducing reoffending, creating awareness and providing an opportunity through programmes made by prisoners for prisoners and the Champions Award was a shock and surprise that recognises the part Radio Wanno plays in reducing reoffending through the use of radio as a communicator.”

The Radio Wanno team of Kevin Field, Simon Sujeewon and Donovan McGrath also picked up the prestigious 2013 Butler Trust Award for their work with prison radio.

The IVCA Clarion Awards are celebrating a decade as the only communication awards promoting social inclusion, CSR, sustainable development and ethical debate.

Radio Wanno, also in its 10th year, aims to help reduce re-offending through its training course and the programmes made by its prison based presenters and producers which are only heard inside prison.

The innovative project is managed by Media for Development in partnership with HMP Wandsworth and A4e Justice.  Many of its participants have moved away from a life of crime, into employment and further education.

Radio Wanno is the flagship prison media project and directly engages with over 50 prisoners each year while its broadcasts are heard by over 10 thousand male prisoners per annum in Western Europe’s largest prison and a potential 65 thousand prisoners a year when shared with National Prison Radio.

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