Young people have been getting creative to celebrate the upcoming launch of the North East’s first prison visits transport service.
At the end of April, NEPACS is to unveil the bespoke and pre-bookable minibus service, which will go to centres in the region, including HMP Northumberland, in Acklington.
To tie in with this, the charity – which works across the North East to help build bridges between prisoners, their families and their communities – asked its younger visitors to come up with a logo and poster for the service.
The HMP Northumberland visitors’ centre received a number of entries. Visits manager Robert Smylie from the prison, playworker Catherine Stacey and Andrew Thorp, transport solutions worker, both from NEPACS, judged the entries. The winner was Demi, 11, from Middlesbrough.
The minibus will run in partnership with Community Transport Newcastle and Dene Valley Community Transport.
The service, from Newcastle to HMP Northumberland, will run five journeys a week. A third weekly service will be added from Teesside, with more planned for 2015.