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Volunteer

Volunteering for RECOOP provides challenging opportunities, valuable experience and offers specialist training and support. If you think you may be interested in such an opportunity, please contact the RECOOP Chief Officer.

Read on to find out what some of our volunteers think about their experience with RECOOP.
 

Interview with Volunteer Orderly at HMP Eastwood Park - March 2016

Clare, a young volunteer orderly, talks to Alma Hageman, RECOOP Project Worker at HMP Eastwood Park, about her time with The Rubies (Group for the over 50s).
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Strength, Forgetfulness and a Thousand Memories

Poem written by Claire, a volunteer with the Rubies, an over 50's group run by RECOOP at HMP Eastwood Park
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Interview with RECOOP volunteer - Karen Bond

The next in a series of interviews with a volunteer who gives her time to RECOOP, Nick Le Mesurier speaks to Karen Bond who volunteers at HMP Dartmoor.
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Interview with RECOOP volunteer - Ben Huntley

In the next of a series of interviews with some of the wonderful RECOOP volunteers, Nick Le Mesurier speaks to Ben Huntley, who volunteers with older prisoners in HMP Guy's Marsh.
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Case Study of a RECOOP volunteer - Karen Bond

A mature student studying Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies at Plymouth University gives an account of volunteering with RECOOP worker Liz Ropschitz in HMP Dartmoor.
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Interview with RECOOP volunteer, Barrie Duke

In the first of a series of interviews with people who volunteer their time for RECOOP, Nick Le Mesurier speaks to Barrie Duke, CEO of AgeUK Okehampton and Torridge.
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Interview with RECOOP volunteer - Mavis Davis.

The second in a series of interviews with our wonderful volunteers.
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Interview with RECOOP volunteer - Becky Huggins

Next in a series of interviews with our wonderful volunteers.
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My volunteering story

I volunteered for RECOOP leading up to and during my final year of uni. I chose to write my dissertation on how free the prisoner could be; I tried to make it as practical as it was philosophical. Having the opportunity to volunteer in HMP Channings...
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Victim Support Employee and Criminology Graduate, Placement Student with ACOOP October '08 - May '10

During the final year of my Criminology degree at the University of the West of England I was given the opportunity to complete a placement module through the Reducing Reoffending Partnership South West and was linked up with the Age Concern Older...
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Book Club

I had just moved to Exeter and was semi- retired.  Exeter is a new city to me and I was looking for something different to do to fill in time.  Volunteering felt like it would provide a stimulus but I wasn’t interested in helping out...
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Volunteering for RECOOP

I first got involved RECOOP as a volunteer a couple of years ago when I saw a requirement within the local Teignbridge Volunteers web site for the Older Offenders Project at Channings Wood Prison. I had lived close by and often wondered when driving...
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Newsletter

I was present at the first meeting in HMP Exeter when RECOOPs Liz Ropschitz came in with Dick Stokes of Age UK to meet with the prisoners aged over 50 and to encourage them to start an over 50’s group under the RECOOP umbrella. A group...
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Health and Social Care Student at Plymouth University

About me I am 22 years of age and I am in my third year at University, I am a mum and I work as a healthcare assistant through a nursing company.  I have been volunteering at a Prison for almost a year and I thoroughly enjoy it.  I am...
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Volunteering for RECOOP

When I saw a request in my local parish magazine for volunteers to work with older offenders, I almost turned the page without a second thought.  But a list suggesting possible interests volunteers might bring with them caught my...
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  • RECOOP awarded @esmeefairbairn grant to fund new development work to support even more older service-users across t… https://t.co/VWSeqZTyet8:56am, May 22, 2019
  • Thank you @RNIB for visiting the Lobster Pot at HMP Leyhill and delivering a Confidence Building Course which was… https://t.co/nCAlLh6ckv9:37am, Apr 30, 2019
  • @Clinks_Tweets Great to have Paul Grainge with us from @RECOOP_UK to speak today. A national charity specialising i… https://t.co/U1VRcLoFgl10:56am, Apr 04, 2019
  • We’re pleased to be part of @clinks #flexibilityisvital and hope that momentum continues https://t.co/YqEKSW0p8v11:17am, Apr 01, 2019
  • Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme “really provides a focus for the men, some of whom have spent a very long tim… https://t.co/5r9ZKJ9D0n10:05am, Mar 18, 2019
  • Just published: 'A Different Sense of Time' – a portfolio of RECOOP’s age-appropriate services to aid prisons find… https://t.co/zGMs8LY5nu11:25am, Feb 19, 2019
  • Over 34,000 individuals benefited from RECOOP's 50+ Day Centres in 2018 https://t.co/FR4jwYZkZx10:29am, Feb 06, 2019
  • RECOOP’s Distraction Packs address the need for prisoners to “…. access stimulating in-cell activities to help them… https://t.co/axl9pTpqTS9:20am, Jan 23, 2019
  • We were delighted to be invited to The Langley House Trust’s carol service at The Knole in Cheltenham. Merry Christ… https://t.co/5XLyDRc0vA10:04am, Dec 20, 2018
  • We are delighted to have been awarded a further 3-year contract to continue to provide Day Centre provision for the… https://t.co/yuoYzJKnlp9:15am, Dec 18, 2018
Wednesday, May 22nd 2019
RECOOP has been successful in its application to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to fund some new development work to help even more older service-users across the country. RECOOP has received funding over three years to develop a suite of commercial ser...
RECOOP projects win Platinum Award 2014 & 2015