Recoop has managed two projects, directly focussed on the needs of older offenders. Both projects were centrally funded by HMPPS.
The first, in 2014, was a 2-year National Capacity Building Project, the aims of which were to support Prisons, Probation Trusts and other organisations, including Third Sector, to build the range, capacity and skills necessary to meet the needs of older offenders in custody and through the resettlement transition.
During this project we worked with over 60 prisons and Probation Trusts in England & Wales supporting them with our expertise and knowledge with this hard to reach group, providing the resources they needed and, crucially, supporting them in establishing long-term, sustainable and effective partnerships.
The second, in 2016, was a Research Project, which aimed to “assess the need and ability of prisons and approved premises to meet the needs of older offenders”. We worked with four prisons (across a range of categories) and two approved premises.
It became apparent during the life of the project, that there was already some good work being carried out with the older population. Despite the economic challenges faced by the prison estate, there was a definite commitment to improve the provision of services and support to older prisoners. We were able to use our expertise in this area and enhance some of the existing good practice and test out new, zero or low cost solutions to improve regimes to better meet the needs of the growing older population.
We have taken our experience, project development achievements, coupled with best practice from both funded projects and consolidated them into a Consultancy package “Reflecting on Age”.
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