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Prison Suicides

Lord Acton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): There have been six apparently self-inflicted deaths at Styal prison between 1 January 1993 and 8 May 2003. The following table shows the years the deaths occured.

Self-inflicted deaths at Styal prison since 1993


* To 8 May 2003.

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The female estate contains a large number of prisoners with a combination of psychiatric disorders, alcohol and drug dependency, family background and relationship problems and histories of self-harm and previous abuse, all of which raise their risk of suicide and self-harm. This and the effects of a greater number of prisoners entering prison is probably why the numbers of self-inflicted deaths are rising among women.

The Prison Service's suicide and self-harm strategy applies across all types of prisons and prisoners with variations as necessary to reflect the circumstances of particular groups. Styal, along with Brockhill, Eastwood Park, Holloway and New Hall, is one of the five female establishments to have appointed a full-time suicide prevention co-ordinator.

The Prison Service is currently developing several interventions that may help female prisoners reduce and manage self-harm in prison. One such example is at Holloway prison, where all prisoners who have been identified as at risk of suicide/self-harm are offered individual crisis counselling. About 40 per cent of prisoners take up the offer, while others may be referred to alternative sources of help within the prison. Staff report that following counselling women have shown increases in self-esteem, decreases in depression and are less likely to see suicide or self-harm as the solution to their problems.

Human Remains

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 19 May (HL Deb, column 576), whether they propose to create additional offences to ensure that the respect that ought to be shown to human remains is not violated; whether the reputation of deceased persons is to be similarly protected; or whether they intend that the sexual penetration of a corpse should, along with exhumation, be the only action to be criminalised.[HL2990]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The Government have no plans to introduce any additional offence of this type. As explained in the debate of 19 May, the new offence in the Sexual Offences Bill relates to the specific area of sex offending, not more generally.

However the Government are aware of the concerns in respect of human remains. In July 2002 we published a major consultation report, Human Bodies, Human Choices, as part of a review of the law in England and Wales on the removal, retention and use of human tissue and organs. One of the purposes of this review, which follows the publication of the reports of the Bristol and Alder Hey inquiries, will be to establish consent as the determining principle in the use of human organs and tissue following death and at post mortem. It is also proposed that retention of tissue or organs without consent should be an offence. We will be bringing forward legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows.

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Death Certification and Coroner Services

Lord Dormand of Easington asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish a report of the fundamental review of death certification and coroner services.[HL3185]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Filkin): Today Paul Goggins is publishing and placing in the Library the report of the Fundamental Review of Death Certification and Coroner Services. This comprehensive and thoughtful report is the work of an independent review group chaired by Tom Luce, formerly of the Department of Health.

We are very grateful to Tom Luce and his colleagues for delivering such a wide-ranging and careful report. In their comprehensive analysis of this complex and difficult area, they have consulted very widely, taking into account the views of families, interest groups, and the many professions and organisations that work in this field. This is not an easy topic, nor is it an area where there are simple answers. A careful balance is required between the requirement to investigate deaths that are a matter of legitimate public concern, and the need to respect the private grief of individual families. This report recommends some very significant changes and improvements to the way in which deaths are currently investigated and certified. It also highlights the good work being done by many of those working in this long-neglected public service.

We do not intend to respond to the detailed proposals in the Luce report at this stage. This is because we need to consider them alongside the second report of the Shipman Inquiry, chaired by Dame Janet Smith, which will focus on death and cremation certification, and police investigation.

We are pleased to announce that Tom Luce has agreed to do some further work on the links between the two reports. Once that has been completed, we will be able to announce plans for taking this work forward.

Queen's Golden Jubilee Awards

Baroness Gould of Potternewton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will announce the Queen's Golden Jubilee Awards for voluntary service by groups in the community. [HL3188]

Lord Filkin: I am pleased to report that the first of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Awards for voluntary service by groups in the community were announced on Monday 2 June.

This prestigious new annual award for groups of volunteers has been given this year to 200 groups whose outstanding voluntary activity has enhanced and improved the quality of life and opportunity for others in the community. The Government actively support the work of the voluntary and community

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sector and are encouraging more people to participate in community activity. This award will give some of those people the recognition they richly deserve. The details of the winning groups are as follows:

Winners of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups in the community 2003

Voluntary GroupActivity Description
East Midlands
1Age Concern Spalding Districthelping the elderly of Spalding and Pinchbeck and giving respite to their carers.
2The Ashfield Environmental Projectproviding free services to the elderly, infirm or disabled, including gardening and horticultural training opportunities.
3Bakewell & Eyam Community Transportproviding transport for those who have no car, or cannot use public transport.
4The Buxton Mountain Rescue Teampreventing loss of life or injury by undertaking mountain rescue operations.
5Coping with Cancer in Leicestershire & Rutlandproviding information and practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer.
6Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Groupsupporting Gypsies and promoting understanding of their culture.
7The Lincoln MS Therapy Centreproviding support, therapy, advice and friendship to MS sufferers, their family and friends.
8The Muslim Khatri Associationproviding social and recreational activities, advancing education and relieving poverty in Leicester.
9The Nottinghamshire Bereavement Trustcomforting and helping the bereaved and assisting to develop Children's Gardens in major local cemeteries.
10The Green Health Partnership Volunteersproviding practical conservation activities involving people with mental ill-health to benefit both them and the environment in Derbyshire.
11The Pet Shop Girls Charitable Trustundertaking fund-raising and other events for the local community of Ollerton and District.
12Wellingborough Prison Visitors' Centre Volunteersproviding practical and emotional support for visitors to Wellingborough Prison.
East of England
131220 (March) Squadron—Air Training Corpspromoting interest in aviation, training and development and community service for young people.
14The Aylsham and District Care Truststrengthening the community through the development and co-ordination of voluntary care services and social activity.
15Connect Club Welwyn and Hatfield (WOT-NOTS Project)preserving, protecting and promoting the mental health of local residents.
16Dunstable and District Disabled Sportsproviding sports and other activities for disabled people.
17The Garboldisham Village Hall Management Committeeproviding and maintaining the village hall for recreational, cultural, educational and sporting activities.
18The Gunton Woodland Community Projectproviding, maintaining and regenerating a safe, accessible and pleasant woodland environment for the public.
19Harlow Well Women Centreproviding an accessible centre for women with professional counselling, advice, support and information.
20Hospice at Home Volunteersbefriending and supporting those suffering from life-threatening illness, their families and carers.
21Jimmy's Night Shelterproviding accommodation for rough sleepers in Cambridge, helping them move into suitable accommodation and raising awareness.
22Senior Stopproviding a meeting place and advice for older people in Peterborough.
23SNAP Special Needs and Parentssupporting parents and carers of children with any special need or disability in Essex.
24The Magdalene Grouprunning a drop-in centre, giving support and providing activities for people working in prostitution in Norwich.
25The Mount Bovingdon Visitors' Centre Associationproviding a safe, comfortable environment and support for visitors to the prison.
26The Redbourn Care Grouprecruiting and organising volunteers to provide caring services to those who need assistance.
27The Woolverstone Projectproviding sailing opportunities for those with physical or mental disabilities in East Anglia.
28Watford Mosque and Welfare Associationcatering for the religious, social welfare and cultural requirements of the Muslim Community.
29Guernsey Welfare Service Limitedproviding food, clothing and fuel vouchers to people on low incomes in the community.
30WRVS Alderneymeeting the needs of the elderly and those less able to help themselves.
Isle of Man
31The Volunteers of Hospice Care, Isle of Mansupporting and enabling hospice services for the people.
32Honorary Police of Jerseyproviding community policing and contributing to the administration of the justice system.
33Aldgate Advice Centre Volunteersassisting and befriending rough sleepers and homeless people.
34The Barnet Retired and Senior Volunteer Programmeharnessing the expertise and skills of volunteers over 50.
35Body and Soulsupporting those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, across London.
36Harlesden Environmental Action Residents and Traderscreating a cleaner, safer and healthier environment for the community.
37Homeless Action in Barnetmeeting the needs of homeless people and asylum seekers.
38Kith and Kidsempowering and socially including families in North London where one or more members has a disability.
39The Lambeth Summer Projects Trustproviding educational and recreational holiday activities to reduce the potential for young people to commit crime.
40MERUproviding free specialist equipment for disabled children in South London and the surrounding area.
41Nubian Lifereasserting the dignity of African and African Caribbean Elders by providing for their health, psychological and cultural needs.
42Redbridge Night Shelteralleviating the effects of poverty by providing cold weather shelter to homeless adults.
43Alzheimer's Society (Enfield Branch)supporting carers of people with dementia.
44The Arab Group in Hounslow and Suburbssupporting the Arab community with an advice service and social activities.
45The Centre for Filipinosresponding to the needs of Filipinos in the UK and enabling them to participate fully in society.
46The Greenwich Chinese Community Schooladvancing education within the Chinese community, understanding Chinese culture and encouraging mutual aid.
47The Muslim Women's Welfare Associationproviding help and advice to Asian women in Waltham Forest.
48The Neutral Ground Child Contact Centrerunning a support centre in Abbey Wood, where children of separated families can meet estranged parents.
49The Nightshelter Volunteersproviding shelter for homeless people in Newham throughout the winter.
50The Sikh Community Care Projectdeveloping and facilitating community initiatives in Waltham Forest, particularly for the Sikh community.
51The XL Projectworking with and supporting schools, families and communities in South London.
52Wandsworth Community Transportenabling and helping individuals with mobility problems to access facilites in Wandsworth town centre through its shop mobility project.
North East
53Ferryhill Town Youthbringing together young people through sporting and other activities.
54Grange Road Methodist Church Resource Centreproviding recreational, leisure and educational activities for people of Hartlepool.
55Quaking Houses Village Hall Associationproviding facilities and activities for the community of Stanley.
56Stepney Bank Stableseducating and motivating young people from inner-city areas and adults with learning difficulties.
57The Gateshead Visible Ethnic Minorities Support Groupsupporting ethnic minority communities and promoting multi-cultural events.
58The Northumberland Family Camping Groupproviding low-cost family holidays.
59The Scotswood Family Drug Support Groupproviding support and advice to families of drug misusers in Scotswood.
60West Harton Churches Action Station Limitedproviding advice and education facilities to South Tyneside residents.
North West
61Acorn Venture Urban Farmenabling disabled people in Kirkby to become involved in farming and giving young people opportunities to work with animals.
62Advocacy in Wirralproviding support and advocacy to people experiencing mental health problems.
63CancerCare (North Lancashire and South Lakeland)providing support, therapy, counselling and practical help for cancer patients and their families.
64Chorlton Good Neighboursoffering support, practical help and friendship to those in need in Chorlton.
65Delamere Toy and Tape Libraryproviding toys and equipment for children up to 8 years and for individuals with special needs.
66East Cheshire Hospice Volunteerstransporting patients, helping in Day Care and helping bereavement counsellors and receptionists.
67Friends for Leisureenabling young people with learning, sensory and physical disabilities in Macclesfield to participate in mainstream leisure activities.
68Halton Child Contact Centrehelping children in Runcorn and Widnes in family breakdown to continue or re-establish contact with their non-resident parent or other family members.
69Keswick (Calvert Trust) RDA Helpers' Groupproviding disabled people opportunities to ride and carriage drive to benefit their health and well being.
70Knutsford and District Good Neighboursproviding transport for patients and providing practical assistance to elderly, disabled and housebound people.
71MOSACproviding support, education and advice to parents of abused children in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.
72One Voice/Team 2000improving lives of local residents through urban regeneration, crime prevention and educating young people in community citizenship.
73Rochdale Childerproviding help and assistance for any Rochdale child in need.
74South Lakeland Voluntary Society for the Blindproviding practical support, information, advice and social activities to local people with sight problems.
75St Rocco's Hospice Volunteersproviding practical help and emotional support, transporting patients and helping with hospice events and fundraising.
76The Blackbrook Group and Residentspromoting community fire safety through young people in Warrington working with the Fire Service.
77The Blackburn Breast Care Support Groupproviding support for women who have suffered from or have concerns about breast cancer.
78The Friday Clubproviding holidays and social activities for adults with learning disabilities in Warrington and giving respite to their carers.
79The Littleborough Coach House Trustmaintaining a historic listed building for use by local groups and societies.
80The Open Doorproviding facilities and resources to improve the quality of life for residents of Benchill and to regenerate the area.
81The Salford Link Projectproviding links between ethnic communities and statutory and voluntary organisations, including promotion of advice and education programmes.
82The Standish Friendly Visiting Groupbefriending elderly and housebound people and those living alone and arranging outings to places of interest.
83The Volunteers of Drugline—Lancashiresupporting people affected by drug use, directly or indirectly, by providing counselling and a telephone helpline.
84Wirral and Chester Riding for the Disabledproviding practical facilities for people with physical or learning difficulties to enjoy horse riding.
Northern Ireland
85Broughshane and District Community Associationenhancing the sense of community ownership and responsibility.
86Lynn Social Clubproviding meals on wheels and organising social and recreational activities for the community of Larne.
87Newtownstewart Development Associationpromoting economic development through tourism and employment regeneration and providing social and recreational facilities.
88St John Ambulance HQ Transport Divisionproviding a volunteer first aid and ambulance service for the community of Northern Ireland.
89The Lack Women's Groupproviding recreational classes and training for local women in Lack.
90Samiritans—Belfast Branchproviding a 24 hour confidential emotional support service for people experiencing distress or despair.
91The Walkway Women's Group & EBCECproviding educational, arts and environment opportunities for local women in Belfast
92Voluntary Service Bureauproviding advice and practical fitting of security devices to older and vulnerable people.
93Arran Lifelineproviding and servicing a telephone activated push button service in elderly and disabled peoples' homes.
94Canine Concern Scotland Trust—Therapet Scheme—Aberdeenproviding 'Therapy Dogs' for people in hospitals, hospices and residential and nursing homes to help those devoid of animal contact.
95Central Gurdware Singh Sabha, Glasgowmanaging a Sikh community place of worship and providing activities to promote Sikh culture.
96Churches Action for the Homelessrunning a day centre, accommodation and training centre for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness in Perth and district.
97Drug Initiative Group—Forfarrunning a cafe facility for young people and offering an alternative to drug use and misuse.
98Eighteen and Underproviding information and support to young people in Dundee who have been abused and researching ways of preventing abuse.
99Fife Christian Counselling Centreproviding support and counselling to members of the community.
100Focus Youth Project Management Committeeoverseeing the running of the Youth Project in Viewpark.
101Glasgow Association of Family Support Groupspromoting the development of groups to support and advise parents of drug abusers.
102Home Basicscollecting and refurbishing donated furniture and household goods for disadvantaged people in Tweeddale.
103Inverclyde Peace Initiativepromoting conflict resolution within the community to make it cohesive and sustainable.
104Islay Disabled Endeavours and Actionsproviding care, advocacy, craft working, training and health supervision for individuals with special needs.
105Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust (The Volunteer Driver Service)providing a personal hospital transport service for cancer sufferers.
106McSence Limitedcreating sustainable community owned and run businesses, employing and training unemployed people of Dalkeith.
107Portlethen & District Community Ambulance Associationproviding transport for those unable to attend church, social or health facilities.
108Red Star Athletics Clubproviding sporting, recreational and social opportunities for people with disabilities in Glasgow.
109Roseberry Centreproviding support, advisory and counselling services to people with dementia and their families in and around Livingston.
110The Drop Inproviding social activities, meals and advice for pensioners in Irvine.
111The Hit Squadimproving the environement in Dawson by enabling elderly and infirm residents to undertake low maintenance gardening and run a community allotment.
112The Moorpark Community Associationproviding social and educational opportunities and raising funds to improve the local environment.
South East
113777 Conservation Groupconserving the environment of Buckinghamshire for the benefit of the public.
114A New Start For Netherfield Partnership Boardattracting and administering funds to transform Netherfield.
115Berinsfield Information and Volunteer Centreproviding advisory services for local people.
116CHAINproviding practical help and information for the people of Hungerford.
117Epsom & Ewell Phabintegrating young people with and without physical disabilities.
118Fleet Pond Societypromoting the preservation and maintenance of the Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.
119Florence Nightingale House Volunteersenhancing the quality of hospice patients' care.
120Folkestone Rainbow Centresupporting the community's needs physically, spiritually and emotionally.
121Gatehousea cafe for homeless people in Oxford.
122Hampshire Association for the Care of the Blindsupporting Hampshire people who have lost their sight.
123Havant Area Bereavement Care Groupproviding help and comfort to bereaved people.
124Katharine House Hospiceenhancing the lives of hospice patients and their families.
125Maidenhead Multiple Sclerosis Societyproviding a social venue and outings for MS patients.
126Mytchett Community Associationproviding a community centre and playing fields to improve the quality of people's lives.
127Oxford Samaritansoffering year round confidential and emotional support for suicidal or desparate people.
128Penrose Club for Adults with Special Needsproviding leisure activities in Surrey and encouraging the independence of its members.
129Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Volunteersproviding specialist activities and practical support for hospice patients.
130SEBEV Search and Rescueassisting the authorities in the Thames Valley area, following reports of lost or missing persons.
131Tandemproviding a transport service and a weekly club for elderly and disabled people in Midhurst and Petworth.
132The Leatherhead Swans Clubhelping to provide recreation and leisure facilities for disabled people.
133The V Teamenabling people in Maidstone who are ill or have support needs to be succesful volunteers.
134The Wireproviding programmes to enhance the lives of the people of Wick
135Working Hospice Volunteer Teamhelping to provide care for patients and their families
136Wokingham and West Berkshire Mindproviding support for mental health service users and carers.
South West
137Blackdown Support Groupsupplementing health and social services in the Blackdown Hills by providing care and support services.
138Burnham & Highbridge Stroke Cluba social club providing companionship and activities for people who have suffered strokes.
139Cheltenham and District Sports Association for the Disabledproviding swimming instruction and sailing opportunities for disabled people.
140Downderry and District Community Bus Associationproviding accessible and inexpensive transport for all local residents and holiday-makers.
141Gloucestershire Chinese Women's Guildproviding services for socially excluded and isolated Chinese women and their families.
142North Devon Display Gymnastics Clubproviding gymnastics and coaching opportunities for the people of North Devon.
143Plymouth Musical Activities Clubproviding opportunities for young people to learn and perform music to support charitable organisations.
144St Keverne Youth Bandproviding young people with the opportunity to play musical instruments and perform.
145Swindon Children's Scrapstorepromoting recycling by collecting useable waste and donating it to community organisations.
146Talaton Village Community Shop & Post Officeproviding service to the community and a focal point for village needs.
147The Beacon Community Regeneration Partnership regenerating areas of Falmouth, alleviating disadvantage and social exclusion, and providing support services.
148The Sheltered Work Opportunities Projectproviding horticultural work opportunities for people suffering from mental health problems in Bournemouth.
149The Southmead Project Limitedproviding education, training, and counselling for individuals and families affected by drug misuse and historic abuse.
150The St James Priory Projectsupporting homeless people in Bristol with addiction problems and facilitating their reintegration into society.
151Trussell Trustproviding food for people in crisis in Wiltshire and augmenting the work of other statutory and voluntary organisations.
152Thorncombe First Responderspioneers of community life support between a '999' emergency call and the arrival of ambulance.
153Aberfan and Merthyr Vale Youth and Community Projectproviding activities for young and unemployed people.
154Bush and Park Tenants and Residents' Associationimproving the lives of estate residents.
155Grangetown Community Concernacting as an umbrella group for other voluntary organisations.
156Gwynedd Hospice at Homeenabling patients to use day Hospice facilities,and supporting Hospice Nurses.
157North Wales Superkidsproviding family holidays and gifts for needy children and young people.
158Ogmore Centre Trustproviding residential courses for young people and a community life-long learning facility for rural residents.
159Perthcelyn Tenants and Residents Associationorganising social activities and learning opportunities for residents of the Perthcelyn estate.
160Swansea Old People's Welfareoperating four day centres for elderly and housebound people.
161The Clwyd Special Riding Trustenabling people with special needs to ride or carriage drive.
162The Muslim Welfare Association of Vale of Glamorganpromoting education, art and culture among the ethnic minority community.
163Treasure Troveproviding a residential project for young people aged 16 to 25 years both with and without physical disabilities.
164Tyddyn Bach Trustcaring for and supporting those affected by HIV and Aids, and their families and carers in the UK.
West Midlands
165Harborne Carnival Associationpromoting and organising an annual carnival to improve community spirit and support local charities.
166OSCAproviding volunteers to support and represent people with learning difficulties throughout Shropshire.
167Perry Hall Community Associationproviding entertainment, holidays and exercise for residents of Perry Barr, Birmingham.
168Pershore Pathfindersproviding social activities for blind and partially sighted people.
169Rock Community Busproviding educational, leisure and play activities to socially and economically disadvantaged communities in Birmingham.
170S.H.A.R.P. Peer Educationinforming young people in Sandwell and Dudley of the dangers of leaving home unplanned and how to access support.
171The Shifnal Millennium Sensory Garden Committeecreating and maintaining a sensory garden for the community, especially elderly and disabled people.
172St Michael's Hospiceproviding specialist palliative care for people from Herefordshire and surrounding counties and support for family and friends.
173Stepping Stones Support Limitedproviding support, advice and information to women experiencing domestic violence in Walsall.
174Age Concern Stourbridgeproviding services for the elderly including day care facilities and transport.
175T.S. Sutton Coldfieldguiding young people towards responsible and confident adulthood by encouraging personal attributes and conduct.
176The Asian Blind Associationproviding advice and counselling for blind and partially sighted people, and their carers, in Coventry.
177The Rose Staner Friendship Cluboffering friendship and support to elderly visually impaired people living alone in Coventry.
178The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital League of Friends Volunteersproviding support to patients, hospital management and staff.
179The Stonehouse Gangproviding activities for pre-school and school children, youths and senior citizens in Selly Oak.
180Watch Limiteda community-led organisation, working to improve the quality of life for people in Hillfields.
181Wetton and Alstonefield Community First Respondersproviding emergency medical aid in response to '999' calls from remote areas.
182The Wolverhampton Asian Women and Diabetes Groupproviding support and information about diabetes to Asian women.
183Wolverhampton Support for Deafened Peopleproviding a battery and repair service for hearing aid users.
184The Wolverhampton Urdu Centreproviding information, advice and linguistic services in Asian languages.
Yorkshire and the Humber
185The Crosby Community Associationrunning a drop-in centre, neighbourhood watches, children's groups and an outreach service.
186FLAGproviding support and respite care to families of children with disabilities.
187Friend to Friendproviding activities for the elderly people of Holme Valley.
188Hornsea Inshore Rescuerescuing those in difficulties at sea and promoting water safety.
189Manor Young People's Health Projecteducating and advising the young in Sheffield on health issues.
190Sheffield Cathedral Breakfast & Archer Projectssupporting the homeless by providing education, breakfasts, shower and laundry facilities.
191The Community Care Association–Stokesleypromoting voluntary action and developing projects with service users and carers.
192The British Fishermen's Associationachieved compensation for distant water trawler men in Hull.
193The Friends of Pacessupporting the local community of Sheffield and children with cerebral palsy by generating funds.
194The Goodwill Motorists' Friendship Grouporganising year-round, fun-filled gatherings for housebound (infirm, blind and/or bereaved) people, sponsored and entertained by groups in North East Lincolnshire.
195The Junctionproviding support, education and advice to people in Harrogate with a wide range of special needs.
196The Longhill Link Up Trustproviding services and activities for those living on the Longhill Housing Estate.
197The Manor Farm, Monkswood, Thorogate Community Centremaintaining the community centre and providing activities for the local people.
198The Safe Anchor Trustgiving special needs groups free access to waterways, and maintaining the canal environment in West Yorkshire.
199Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Associationproviding a rescue service for people and animals above and below ground in the Yorkshire Dales.
200York Students in Schoolsintroducing students from the University of York to classrooms in York to help teachers and children.

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