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Aldo Trust offers RECOOP grant to support prisoners directly

Wednesday, May 20th 2020
The Aldo Trust has once again generously supported RECOOP with a grant of £1,000 allowing us to offer individual grants of up to £25 per individual to help them purchase something to pass the time and keep themselves occupied during this challenging period of lockup. The funding will be split between our service users in HMPs Leyhill, Eastwood Park and Erlestoke. Paul Grainge, RECOOP Chief Officer said: “At a time when the pressure for those incarcerated is continually building,...
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Recoop asked by NHS England & NHS Improvement to develop Distraction Packs

Tuesday, May 12th 2020
RECOOP is delighted to have been asked by NHS England & NHS Improvement to develop and produce a Distraction Pack for distribution to all rough sleepers who have been provided with appropriate accommodation during the COVID-19 crisis. The packs will be produced fortnightly and circulated to all Local Authorities for distribution.  They will include a template for people to share their own experiences through a story, poem or picture, which will then be collated and a selection added to future...
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Community Spirit

Wednesday, April 22nd 2020
The importance of keeping mentally active during COVID-19 and the long periods of self-isolation has never been greater and it was decided to offer the March issue of our Distraction Pack ‘food for thought’ free of charge to our members. One such recipient was an Outreach Worker in Moseley, Birmingham who supports people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Not only did they receive a copy of our Distraction Pack, but pens too! Interest is growing day by day.  Should...
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HMPPS highlights RECOOP's work as Good Practice

Thursday, March 19th 2020
RECOOP’s work with older prisoners has been highlighted as good practice in a recent HMPPS Diversity & Inclusion Team presentation “Assessing and Meeting the Needs of Older Residents”.
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Journeymen Theatre donates profits/donations of latest play to RECOOP

Friday, March 13th 2020
Journeymen Theatre’s new play ‘Lock Down’, commissioned by Positive Justice Gloucestershire, opened at Stourbridge Meeting House on the 26th February to a full audience.  The play follows the friendship between Ron, an elderly lifer in a Cat B prison and Kathy, the new and very inexperienced Quaker prison chaplain.  ‘Lock Down’ explores the complexities of the UK penal system and how this impacts upon both prisoners and those who work with them.  In particular,...
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Clinks' & RECOOP's response to JSC's enquiry into ageing prison population

Monday, February 3rd 2020
Back in July 2019, the Justice Committee launched an inquiry into the ageing prison population which would examine the challenges older prisoners face and the services they need, including the adequacy of accommodation, purposeful activity, provision of health and social care, resettlement and whether a national strategy for the treatment of older prisoners is needed. Chair of the Justice Committee, Bob Neill MP, said: “Prisons are often unfit for the needs of older people and the Committee is...
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Buddy comes to the North West

Tuesday, January 14th 2020
RECOOP is delighted to announce that our Buddy Support Worker Programme is now being delivered in the North West prison group. The programme, developed in conjunction with Devon County Council, has been successfully delivered in all three Devon prisons since the enactment of the Care Act 2014.  The managed service trains prisoners to National Care Standards (adapted for use in prison) to support other prisoners with health and social care needs.  A team from the North West Regional Office...
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Thursday, December 12th 2019
We are delighted to announce RECOOP, together with the Devon County Council and the three prisons (HMPs Channings Wood, Dartmoor and Exeter)  were awarded Silver in the “Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice” category, for the Buddy Training & Management service in the Devon Prison Cluster. Established in 2006, the Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of social workers, promote social work and incentivise individuals and teams in the social work profession in...
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Interview with Governor of HMP Dartmoor

Friday, December 6th 2019
“The first thing I have noticed when I’m walking around is the increase in self-esteem from the recipients because they are receiving a service which means that they feel safe, they’ve got someone they can trust who comes in and helps meet their needs, who is not a staff member, who is a peer.” This is an extract from a recent interview with Bridie Oakes-Richards, Governor of HMP Dartmoor, talking about the values of the Buddy Support Programme and the impact the Buddies are...
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Dementia-friendly prisons to be included in expansion programme

Monday, November 18th 2019 - The Times
With the number of prisoners in England & Wales aged 50+ increasing from 7,548 in 2009 to 13,890 as at the end of September 2019 (an increase of 80%) [MOJ], so too do the issues faced by the prisons on how best to accommodate their particular needs. A recent article in The Times (11th November) highlighted the MOJ’s recognition of the fact that older prisoners have specific needs which need to be addressed and which have “led to improvements in the design of new prisons at Wellingborough...
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Over 3,000 Resources downloaded

Wednesday, October 23rd 2019
On the 12th July 2012 RECOOP launched its Resource Library enabling Members free access to a wealth of resources aimed at the ever-growing older prisoner population. Since then, just over 3,000 resources have been downloaded ranging from Health Posters, Care Act Leaflets, Session Plans including quizzes, information on establishing and running Older Forums and our Good Practice Guides. If you are not already a Member and would like to register, you can do soRead More

Sharing information with Hong Kong delegates

Wednesday, October 16th 2019
In July, RECOOP was contacted by The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention in Hong Kong (SRACP), a government recognised charitable organisation established in 1957.  SRACP provides a rehabilitation service for offenders and discharged prisoners in Hong Kong (HK) and, in recent years, has developed a social enterprise to support their service-users and families in order to start a new life. Having heard about RECOOP’s work and with a growing older prisoner population in HK, they were...
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The Impact of Buddy Support

Tuesday, October 8th 2019
“Any prisoner providing social care support to another prisoner should be appropriately selected, trained and supervised.”
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Unannounced inspection of HMP Eastwood Park highlights value of support provided by RECOOP

Friday, September 6th 2019
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons is an independent, statutory organisation which reports on the treatment and conditions of those detained in prisons, young offender institutions, secure training centres, immigration detention facilities, police and court custody and military detention.  The unannounced inspection of HMP Eastwood Park, a women’s prison in Gloucestershire, took place in May of this year and its report has recently been published, with the work of RECOOP’s Day...
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Doing time: Britain's ageing prison population

Thursday, August 22nd 2019 - Reader's Digest
The Reader's Digest has recently published an article following their investigation into whether “Britain’s prisons are ready to cope with the reality of our ageing inmates”. The article highlights the severe lack of provision for the increasing ageing prison population in many of the UK’s prisons following interviews conducted with Peter Clarke (Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons), the Prison Reform Trust,  Dr Amanda Brown (GP at HMP Bronzefield) and...
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RECOOP welcomes Community First

Friday, August 2nd 2019
RECOOP guests, Katrina Watson and Clara Hickman from Community First, spent the day in one of the prisons in which we work delivering an 'Introduction to Community Organising Training'  (an accredited course) to 13 prisoners due to be released within the year. “What a fantastic group they were – engaged and enthusiastic throughout the day”.   The talking photos (photographs/pictures chosen by individuals from a random selection which they then talk about why they...
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Care UK/HMP Dartmoor and the Buddy Support Workers receive HSJ Patient Safety End of Life Award 2019

Thursday, July 18th 2019
RECOOP is delighted to announce that Care UK/HMP Dartmoor have been awarded the End of Life Award.
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Robert Buckland QC MP visits RECOOP’s project, the Lobster Pot, at HMP Leyhill

Monday, July 8th 2019
He was delighted to learn about our excellent work both in the prison and in support of our residents when they leave prison.  Robert enjoyed the hospitality on offer at the Pot and understood the importance of ‘charity’ in a custodial setting. His visit follows hot on the heels of his colleague David Gauke.

Successful first Dementia Awareness Day held at HMP Leyhill

Friday, July 5th 2019
RECOOP was happy to host the first ‘Dementia Awareness Day’ at the Lobster Pot in HMP Leyhill, on the 20th June. In association with Alzheimer’s Society and the Healthcare Department, RECOOP hosted an informal event in which both staff and residents could learn more about dementia, its sign and symptoms and the support available at HMP Leyhill.  With external guests from HMP Eastwood Park and dementia friendly gardening groups, there was a range of information available. The day...
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Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, David Gauke, visits Lobster Pot

Tuesday, July 2nd 2019
The RECOOP team at the Lobster Pot (HMP Leyhill) was delighted to receive a visit from the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, David Gauke on the 27th June. He was able to learn the valuable work undertaken by the team, both in terms of support of the prison’s work and importantly, the rehabilitation and resettlement of the residents of the prison. Accompanied by the prison’s Governor, Neil Lavis and Deputy Governor, Ray Johnson, they were able to reaffirm how important...
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RECOOP awarded grant by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Wednesday, May 22nd 2019 - Paul Grainge
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 services, training and interventions to offer to Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service in order to help them best support the differing needs of those they are managing who are aged over 50. The over-arching aim of RECOOP is to reduce...
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New strategy needed for older offenders

Tuesday, April 16th 2019 - BCHA
Press Release written by Deep South Media
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“Flexibility is vital”

Monday, April 1st 2019
Clinks report on the role and value of the voluntary sector in supporting older people in the criminal justice system.
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Testing the benefits of the Transition Resettlement Programme to AP Residents

Monday, March 18th 2019
Transition is a short Resettlement Programme designed specifically for those who are over the age of 50 and in a custodial setting. The Programme has been delivered in a number of prisons across England on a quarterly or bi-monthly basis. We’ve recently taken the programme into Approved Premises on a pilot basis to test what the benefits were to Residents.  The Programme includes sessions which focus on the needs of older people on release and include  planning for retirement,...
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'A Different Sense of Time'

Tuesday, February 19th 2019
RECOOP has just published ‘A Different Sense of Time’, a publication which outlines its range of age-appropriate (50+) services to aid prisons find suitable regime adaptations for their growing older population.  Many older prisoners have complex needs including sensory impairments, multiple healthcare needs, disabilities and poor mobility and are more likely to be retired and need meaningful activity and social connections. In many cases, older prisoners, who may be serving life...
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Over 34,000 individual visits made to RECOOP’s Day Centres in 2018

Wednesday, February 6th 2019
Like all charities, we collect numerous statistics throughout the year in order to highlight the importance of the service we offer.  RECOOP has run Day Centres for the over 50s in five prisons throughout 2018 and in that period: 34,205 individual visits were made;   by 639 unique users; 1,313 prisoner volunteer hours have been worked by 131 prisoners;  433 external volunteer hours worked by 166 volunteers.  All groups address the 9 Pathways to reduce re-offending in a...
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RECOOP's Distraction Packs address the need for prisoners to access stimulating in-cell activity

Wednesday, January 23rd 2019
The concluding paragraph of ‘Life in Prison: living conditions’, a findings paper by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (October 2017), says: “When confined to their cells it is important that prisoners can access stimulating in-cell activities to help them pass the time constructively.  However, sometimes access to such activities is limited: prisoners may not be able to access the library or other education opportunities, or may not have the means to purchase craft materials, and so...
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‘Transition’ Resettlement course developed for community delivery

Wednesday, January 2nd 2019
In September 2018, RECOOP announced it had won funding from Innovation Wessex to develop its ‘Transition’ Resettlement course for community delivery and the team used the funding to trial the programme in a number of National Probation Service Approved Premises in the South West. The programme includes sessions on planning for retirement, independent living skills, technology, building new community networks of support, volunteering, benefits, pensions, health, well-being and disclosure....
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RECOOP and the Lobster Pot

Tuesday, December 18th 2018
RECOOP has been awarded a further 3-year contract to continue to provide Day Centre provision for the over 50’s at HMP Leyhill
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Remembrance Day in HMP Dartmoor 2018

Tuesday, November 27th 2018 - Liz Ropschitz
“Most special of Remembrance Ceremonies” – Prisoner and Royal Navy Veteran
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Gaining invaluable skills

Tuesday, November 20th 2018 - RECOOP
Cooking sessions that take place at the Lobster Pot (over 50s Day Centre at HMP Leyhill) are just one of the invaluable ways RECOOP helps the men prepare for life post release.   We were therefore delighted to receive news from an ex-resident that his determination and efforts have paid off and he is currently using his new-found skills on the outside.
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Social care in prisons in England & Wales - A Thematic Report

Wednesday, October 24th 2018
This recently published thematic report,  has been jointly undertaken by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It monitors, inspects and regulates services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety. In its introduction, the Report says: “Even the most psychologically robust and able-bodied man or woman finds being imprisoned to be a disturbing experience. And for those...
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Aldo Trust supporting prisoners directly via RECOOP

Monday, October 15th 2018
The Aldo Trust has generously supported RECOOP with a grant of £1000 to be used to assist individual prisoners with small grants in order to buy resources to help them make their period of incarceration a little more comfortable.  We are working with individuals to identify purchases to aid their mental health stimulation, well-being and independent living preparation. The men and women RECOOP work with have benefitted hugely from this grant: Our Aldo Trust coats continue to be...
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RECOOP Project Co-ordinator is nominated for a Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice Award

Monday, October 1st 2018
RECOOP Project Co-ordinator in Devon & Cornwall, Liz Ropschitz, together with a Social Worker and Occupational Therapist from Devon County Council, have been nominated for a Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice Award in recognition of their invaluable work supporting prisoners with health and social care needs, which includes the Buddy Support Scheme, in the Devon Prison Cluster. This Award, was set up to celebrate the outstanding achievements of practitioners and teams up and down the...
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RECOOP wins Innovation Wessex funding to develop Transition Resettlement Training for the community

Tuesday, September 25th 2018
RECOOP is pleased to announce that it has recently won some funding from Innovation Wessex to develop our older ‘Transition’ Resettlement course for community delivery. The team plan to adapt and trial the programme in a number of National Probation Service Approved Premises’ in the Autumn across the South West. We are thrilled to be able to reach those residing in these settings with this supportive course and hope to mould it to meet their specific needs to reduce the fear and...
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"Rubies" from HMP Eastwood Park exhibit at Koestler Trust exhibition

Monday, September 17th 2018 - RECOOP
The Rubies at HMP Eastwood Park have yet again won numerous awards in recognition of their creativity and the work of one will be exhibited at an exhibition in the Royal Festival Hall.
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Healthy Eating & Living in Prison (HELP)

Wednesday, August 15th 2018
With obesity at an all-time high, there has never been a greater urgency to address the detrimental effect poor food choices and lack of exercise have within our prison system. One ex-prisoner said “At 6’ 1” in height, I went into prison a reasonably trim 12.5 stone (79 kg) with a healthy BMI.  I came out a few years later at around 16 stone (101 kg).  On average I think I gained over 16lbs per year”. With many prisoners spending increased amounts of time in cell, it...
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RECOOP wins back contract to deliver Day Centre services at HMP Eastwood Park

Thursday, July 19th 2018
RECOOP is pleased to announce that it has won back the contract to deliver the ‘Rubies and Blue belle’ services at HMP Eastwood Park. Paul Grainge Chief Officer adds ’We are thrilled to be able to continue supporting the older female population in this establishment. The new three-year contract will provide us with the opportunity to develop the service further, continuing to meet the differing needs of the women we support and ensuring it remains fit for purpose.’ On hearing the...
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CF03 Bicycle Initiative

Thursday, July 12th 2018
One of the core objectives of CF03 is to improve social inclusion. Many of the participants we are working with have experienced multiple difficulties accessing education and training - excluding them from finding better opportunities after release. Our Case Managers work with individuals to guide them and provide advice and support with the aim of getting back into employment.  Participants are also offered accredited personal development and vocational courses. Deb Earley, one of our CF03 Case...
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SSAFA and RECOOP working together for Armed Forces Day

Tuesday, June 19th 2018 - Liz Ropschitz
Once again, Armed Forces Day saw Liz Ropschitz, Health and Wellbeing Manager for RECOOP and HMP Dartmoor prison officer Chris Elliott raising the awareness of SSAFA, the charity whose support is available to all ex-services personnel and their families, both in the community and in custody. In June 2018, SSAFA Devon received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) for relieving need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in Devon. QAVS is the highest award...
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Transition 50+ "A course to be remembered with a real sense of pride and accomplishment"

Tuesday, May 15th 2018 - PL - Prisoner HMP Ford
One of the participants at HMP Ford who enrolled on the Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme sums up the impact of the 4-day course.
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Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme

Wednesday, April 25th 2018
Release from prison can be both a daunting and exciting experience. Our “Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme”, which has been designed to address the specific resettlement needs of those who are aged over 50, aims to equip older prisoners with the appropriate knowledge and skills to support a positive resettlement experience and to live actively, responsibly and productively post release. The Programme is now being delivered in a number of prisons on a quarterly or bi-monthly...
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Improving Social Inclusion

Wednesday, April 18th 2018
RECOOP and parent company BCHA, were awarded the HMPPS Co-Financing Organisation Round 3 (CFO3) contract in July 2015, funded by the European Social Fund. Together, RECOOP and BCHA plan to support over 500 offenders during the life of the 5¾ year contract across a number of prisons and community settings within the South West region. One of the core objectives of CFO3 is to improve social inclusion. Many of the participants we are working with have experienced multiple difficulties accessing...
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Impact of Buddy Support Training

Friday, April 6th 2018
Working alongside Devon County Council and three prisons in Devon, RECOOP has been delivering The Buddy Support Scheme in HMPs Channings Wood, Dartmoor and Exeter for over four years and has just completed training within four prisons in The East Prison region – HMPs Highpoint, Littlehey, Warren Hill and Bure. The Programme is designed to equip prisoners to support other prisoners with health and social care needs and the day-to-day challenges they face within an often very difficult...
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IMB approaches RECOOP’s Rubies for help

Wednesday, February 14th 2018
Following an appeal in October 2017 by the Royal United Hospital Bath asking for knitters to help provide tiny bobble hats for new-born babies at the RUH Bath Birthiang Centre, the Independent Monitoring Board approached The Rubies, a Day Centre run by RECOOP for the over 50s at HMP Eastwood Park, for help.  The ladies jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this project.  The hospital is introducing a traffic light, colour-coded system of green, amber and red bobble hats to help ensure that...
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Vulnerable Women in the Prison System

Wednesday, January 31st 2018
Alma Hageman speaks at event run by Positive Justice Gloucestershire.
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The impact of our Day Centres

Thursday, January 18th 2018
Like all charities, we collect numerous statistics throughout the year in order to highlight the importance of the service we offer.
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"Renewed my faith in what is possible"

Friday, January 5th 2018
RECOOP’s consultancy project in support of The Brookdale Centre for Healthy Aging (City University of New York) and the Osbourne Association (a charity supporting offenders in the community across the state) is nearing completion.
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Development of an older community support network for returning offenders in New York

Thursday, October 5th 2017 - RECOOP
In August, RECOOP hosted its second US delegate, Laura Roan from the Osborne Association in New York as part of our joint project together with the Brookdale Center for Healthy Ageing, to support the development of an older community support network in the city for returning offenders.  Laura manages a number of prison support services across New York State.  We were able to showcase our Community Support Café model where Laura joined in a wellbeing group and visited a number of partner...
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Buddy Support Scheme

Friday, September 1st 2017
Primary Care is under increased pressure due to the number of prisoners coming into prison with health and social care needs. Remand prisons, in particular, suffer as the volumes of people passing through can be over 200 a month.  With restricted staffing levels in many prisons, this can be exacerbated when prison officers are required to escort prisoners out to hospital appointments. Working alongside Devon County Council and three prisons in Devon, RECOOP has been delivering The Buddy Support...
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Pilot "Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme" a resounding success

Friday, August 18th 2017 - RECOOP
The first pilot of our “Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme” has now been delivered in HMP Lewes with resounding success.  All participants were over 60 years old and all reported that their knowledge and confidence levels of each module had increased as a result. "It covered a lot more than I thought it would and I realise how much I need to rely on others before getting out.  All on the course felt empowered, even me!  We now know how to organise our worries and...
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Social Care in prison

Monday, August 7th 2017 - Ryan Harman
Ryan Harman, Advice & Information Manager, Prison Reform Trust and RECOOP Trustee/Board Director talks about Social Care in prison.
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“Provision for older prisoners by The Lobster Pot was outstanding”.

Tuesday, August 1st 2017 - RECOOP
The Lobster Pot (over 50’s Day Centre established and run by RECOOP at HMP Leyhill) was mentioned favourably numerous times in the recently published (26th June 2017) IMB Report:
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Ladies behind bars making a difference

Wednesday, July 19th 2017 - RECOOP
Ladies behind bars in England can and DO make a difference to children and families who have lost their home, country, family, possessions, safety and security. During one of the Rubies’ sessions (day centre for the over 50s at HMP Eastwood Park established and run by RECOOP), a Ruby expressed her distress and compassion for the refugee children in Greek camps that she had witnessed whilst watching a TV programme. “If only I could do something” she exclaimed. As there is no such...
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Armed Forces Day

Wednesday, July 12th 2017
Armed Forces Day is traditionally marked on 24th June by events including parades, military displays and community fetes, taking place across the country. Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and women, both Regulars and Reservists, Cadets and veterans past and present are being recognised. Approximately 4% of the population in prison are veterans and convictions primarily involved violence, within a short period following discharge. The majority of cases were drug or alcohol-related. A considerable number of...
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Prisons & Probation Ombudsman highlights urgent need to address rise in number of older prisoners

Thursday, June 29th 2017
The recently published Prisons & Probation Ombudsman Report on older offenders highlights the urgent need to address the dramatic rise in the number of older prisoners.  Nigel Newcomen CBE, Prisons & Probation Ombudsman, says in his Foreword: “One of the most marked changes in prisons in recent years has been the increase in the number of older prisoners.  This demographic shift has been dramatic.  As a result, the number of prisoners over 60 has tripled in 15 years and the...
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Good Practice Guides now available

Wednesday, June 28th 2017
RECOOP has been proud to manage a project, funded centrally by HMPPS, which was designed “To assess the need and ability of prisons and approved premises to adapt their regimes to meet the needs of older offenders” and we are delighted to announce the Good Practice Guides are now available. It became apparent during the life of the project, that there was already a great deal of good work being carried out with the older population.  Despite the absence of a national policy, coupled...
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The challenges facing older prisoners

Monday, June 26th 2017 - RECOOP
RECOOP was recently contacted by Amelia Hill, a journalist for the Guardian, who was writing a series of articles on older prisoners.  With our experience of working with older offenders, we were able to provide her with invaluable evidence and context around the work we do and challenges for this growing population and the prisons holding them. Paul Grainge, RECOOP Operations Manager, says: "RECOOP is really pleased that this is getting the attention it needs to highlight the difficulties for...
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Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) working with RECOOP

Tuesday, June 20th 2017 - Prisoners' Advice Service
PAS is a legal advice charity which advises serving prisoners on their rights (or the lack of them) within the prison system in England and Wales. As well as corresponding with prisoners and providing telephone advice, we carry out outreach visits to prisons. The majority of these are conducted in partnership with other NGOs already working within the prisons concerned and over the past few years we have developed a good working relationship with RECOOP at Leyhill, Eastwood Park, Manchester and Kirkham...
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Report on an unannounced inspection of HMP Eastwood Park by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Friday, June 9th 2017 - RECOOP
The HMIP Report, published on the 9th March 2017, highlights the work RECOOP is doing with the over 50s in HMP Eastwood Park: “In our survey, women aged over 50 were more positive about life at the prison than younger women.  RECOOP, a charity working for the care and resettlement of offenders, ran a popular group for older women four times a week.” “The provision for older women at EWP is very good.” The Rubies, a name the ladies originally chose for the group, is...
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Varied programme of activities at The Lobster Pot

Wednesday, May 31st 2017 - Jon Cook
The Lobster Pot (Day Centre for the over 50s at HMP Leyhill run by RECOOP) was delighted to have Mel Pritchard (Success Coach & Trainer - Mental Health First Aid Instructor: Adult & 'Life'  - ) run a session at the Lobster Pot covering : Short guided meditation What causes stress and how the brain works (the stress bucket - and exercise to unload your stresses on paper) What meditation is (including a quick verbal quiz) The...
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The important role of Guest Speakers

Thursday, April 13th 2017 - RECOOP
Guest speakers form an important part of the activities organised by RECOOP in the various prisons in which we work. Bristol Mind recently visited the Lobster Pot at HMP Leyhill when the men were given the opportunity to discuss their views on the stigma attached to mental health.  So successful was the visit, that Mind requested to return to speak more about the services it can offer, both locally and nationally.  It also suggested visiting on a quarterly basis so that new arrivals can be...
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The Lobster Pot – “an excellent resource”

Thursday, February 23rd 2017 - RECOOP
The HMIP report on their unannounced inspection of HMP Leyhill in September 2016, has recently been published.  RECOOP has run a Day Centre there (The Lobster Pot) for the past nine years and the increase in footfall not only reflects the increase in the number of older prisoners at Leyhill, but also its success in providing a centre for the over-50s, encouraging purposeful activity and social interaction, with all activities geared towards the nine pathways of reducing reoffending.  This ensures...
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RECOOP to support The Brookdale Centre for Healthy Aging and The Osbourne Project in New York

Thursday, January 19th 2017 - RECOOP
RECOOP is pleased to announce that it has been successful, as part of an international funding application, in securing funding to provide some consultancy support in New York over the next year.  RECOOP will support The Brookdale Centre for Healthy Aging (City University of New York) and The Osbourne Association - a charity supporting offenders in the community across the state.  The project will aim to ‘Build healthy communities through conscious resettlement of older adults recently...
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In-cell Activity Packs

Thursday, January 12th 2017
RECOOP has been working with older prisoners and ex-offenders for over ten years and recognises the importance of keeping active, not only physically, but mentally.  The stark reality is, with current pressures across the whole of the prison estate, prisoners are confined to cell more regularly and, with this in mind, an In-cell Activity Pack has been developed, called “food for thought”. The festive issue was sent to HMP members in December and the feedback we received has been very...
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‘Achieving Better Outcomes’

Tuesday, December 13th 2016 - Jane Wilkes, RECOOP
RECOOP has used its learning from the recently completed NOMS-funded research project (“To assess the need and ability of prisons and Approved Premises to adapt their regimes to meet the needs of older offenders”) in order to further develop our staff training and awareness raising sessions. We have developed ‘Achieving Better Outcomes’ training to enable the sessions to meet the needs of those who work with older people within the criminal justice system, whether it be in...
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RECOOP invited to work at an Immigration Removal Centre

Friday, December 2nd 2016 - Sandra Seldon - Project Co-ordinator
I had thought that my work at HMP The Verne had come to an end when the prison closed in 2013 and prepared for its new role as an IRC.   The prison used to be a Category C men’s prison, located within the historic Verne Citadel on the Isle of Portland in Dorset.  The prison, having opened in 1949 and built on the highest point of Portland, is surrounded by cliffs and a moat with entrances via a footbridge and one via a tunnel. The prison was converted into an Immigration Removal...
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"We Are All Human"

Thursday, November 17th 2016 - RECOOP
A piece of art created by a RECOOP Buddy Support Worker at HMP Exeter was selected to be exhibited at the UK’s annual national showcase of arts at The Southbank Centre, London.
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Farmer Review

Tuesday, November 1st 2016 - RECOOP/BCHA
RECOOP/BCHA provide evidence to Clinks based on their experience and expertise of working both within prisons and in the community.
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100% success rate for Healthy Eating & Living in Prison Programme at HMP Send

Tuesday, October 25th 2016
HELP (Healthy Eating & Living in Prison) is a programme developed by RECOOP that aims to introduce prisoners to safe and structured exercise, whilst encouraging and supporting them to achieve their goals. The 6-week healthy weight and exercise programme is appropriate for people of any age or ability whilst in a custodial setting.  Group based sessions can be delivered weekly by a member of prison or gym staff using our Weight Management & Exercise programme. The objective is to help...
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Buddy Scheme highlighted as example of good practice

Thursday, October 6th 2016 - RECOOP
RECOOP's Devon Buddy Scheme has been included as an example of good practice in the recent "Seeing prisoners as Assets" resource published by ADASS in September 2016.
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RECOOP and the Buddy Support Scheme is highlighted as an example of excellence in IMB yearly report

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - RECOOP
Selected prisoners in the 3 Devon prisons are trained by RECOOP in 14 modules, based on the National Care Standards, to support their fellow inmates who have social care needs.
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Fine Cell Work and RECOOP collaborate at HMP Leyhill

Monday, August 8th 2016 - RECOOP
Innovative project that offers new skills, reduces isolation, increases self-esteem and a deeper sense of self-worth flourishes at HMP Leyhill.
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"An inspiring example of the support that older prisoners badly need."

Monday, July 18th 2016 - Ryan Harman, Prison Reform Trust
Ryan Harman, Advice & Information Manager at the Prison Reform Trust, writes about his recent visit to the Lobster Pot at HMP Leyhill.
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Prisoners' Advice Service

Friday, July 8th 2016 - RECOOP
The Prisoners’ Advice Service is a frequent and valued visitor to the various groups run by RECOOP for the over 50s.
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High Sherriff's of Gloucestershire & Somerset visit Lobster Pot

Tuesday, June 14th 2016 - Jon Cook
The RECOOP team at HMP Leyhill was privileged to show off its work to the High Sherriff’s of Gloucestershire & Somerset.  Gloucestershire’s High Sherriff, The Countess Bathurst was accompanied by her husband The Earl Bathurst and Somerset’s High Sherriff Edward Bayntun-Coward.  They spent time talking to the team about the work RECOOP undertakes supporting the prison’s older population and the emotional and practical support offered.  Both High Sherriff’s...
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Interview with Volunteer Orderly at HMP Eastwood Park

Thursday, May 26th 2016 - RECOOP
Volunteers working within the groups run by RECOOP play an invaluable role. We interviewed a young Orderly who had spent some time with The Rubies (over 50s group at HMP Eastwood Park). Her answers are both revealing and touching.
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"Giving women a sense of meaning, pride and self-worth... aiding post-prison life"

Friday, May 6th 2016 - RECOOP
Stroud Youth Initiative recently invited Alma Hageman (RECOOP Project Worker at HMP Eastwood Park) to speak at a Youth Conference.
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RECOOP's Older Prisoner Forums used as a Case Study by Clinks

Tuesday, April 26th 2016
RECOOP is proud to be part of a new Good Practice Guide, recently published by Clinks, on ?Service-user involvement?.
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Zero-cost initiative at HMP Leyhill

Tuesday, April 19th 2016 - Jon Cook
The RECOOP staff at HMP Leyhill are fortunate that the prison allocated them a small plot of land next to the Lobster Pot (group for the over 50s run by RECOOP) and the team has set about converting this plot into small allotments.  Using the enthusiasm and skills of seven younger offenders they have created an excellent facility of 14 plots, including ten small raised beds for the prison’s older men and those with disabilities, so that all can enjoy some gardening.  In creating the...
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HMP Dartmoor's Over 50's forum

Thursday, March 31st 2016 - RECOOP
HMP Dartmoor's Over 50's forum, established and supported by RECOOP in Devon, has been identified as one of six examples of good practice in service user involvement by the voluntary sector in collaboration with criminal justice partners.
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Older Women Prisoners and the Rubies Project

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016 - Jill Annison
RECOOP ex-trustee, Jill Annison and Alma Hageman, RECOOP Project Worker at HMP Eastwood Park, co-write a chapter for the recently published book: "Women and Criminal Justice: From the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation".
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Liz Ropschitz, RECOOP Mental Health Co-ordinator, receives her MBE from Prince Charles

Friday, February 5th 2016 - RECOOP
Liz Ropschitz, RECOOP Mental Health Co-ordinator working in the Devon Prison Cluster, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen?s Birthday Honours List for her work with older offenders.
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Approaching 30,000 individual visits made to RECOOP groups in 2015

Wednesday, January 27th 2016
Like all charities we collect numerous statistics throughout the year in order to highlight the importance of the service we offer.
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Implementing the Care Act 2014: Care Options for Older Prisoners

Tuesday, January 12th 2016 - Cambridge Institute of Public Health
The health and social care of older prisoners in the UK is becoming an increasing challenge, with increasingly high incidences of prisoners suffering long term conditions....
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Volunteering for RECOOP at HMP Guys Marsh

Wednesday, January 6th 2016 - Sandra Seldon - RECOOP
Shaftesbury Arts Centre Director and Assistant Director win award for their volunteering work with RECOOP.
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The Lobster Pot welcomed visitors from other HMPs and the Prisons & Probation Ombudsman

Tuesday, December 15th 2015 - Jon Cook
We were delighted to entertain The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, Nigel Newcomen CBE, for a short while on his visit around HMP Leyhill on 24th November. He was shown around the prison by Tim Knight, Acting Governor and his team and came to the Lobster Pot (a dedicated day centre for the over 50s run by RECOOP) to see at first hand the excellent work happening for older men at the prison. We were also delighted to recently have HMP Grendon accept our invitation to talk about its world of therapeutic...
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Lobster Pot - offering vital tools in preparation for release.

Thursday, December 3rd 2015 - RECOOP
Since the beginning of this year to the end October the Lobster Pot, a dedicated day centre for the over 50s at HMP Leyhill run by RECOOP, has welcomed over 243 prisoners and a staggering 20,000+ visits. Occupying time of the older prisoner population is always a problem.  Too old to be in employment and some too frail to take part in other organised activities within the prison, many are left in their cells for too much of their time. The Lobster Pot has attracted so many visits because it...
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Celebrating Black History Month

Wednesday, November 4th 2015 - RECOOP
A multitude of activities and guest speakers were arranged by the various RECOOP teams working within prisons during Black History Month, prompting much discussion and interaction.
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IMB Report - HMP Leyhill

Wednesday, October 14th 2015 - RECOOP
IMB report on HMP Leyhill describes the Lobster Pot as an inspiring pace-setter in responding to the special needs of the older prisoner.
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Disability Adaptations - HMP Drake Hall

Tuesday, October 6th 2015 - Jane Wilkes
Service-user consultations help to ensure people with disabilities or mobility issues can be comfortably accommodated at HMP Drake Hall.
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"Rubies" creative project wins Koestler Platinum Award

Thursday, September 3rd 2015 - Alma Hageman
The ?Rubies? at HMP Eastwood Park have received a Koestler Platinum Award, for their wall hanging inspired by ?A Journey through the Seasons?.
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First 6 prisoners trained by RECOOP qualify as Buddy Support Workers

Monday, August 17th 2015
Buddy Training Course, adapted by Devon County Council and supported by RECOOP has been delivered in the Devon Prison Cluster.
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The art of conversation suffers for those who have lived for years in a prison environment

Tuesday, July 28th 2015 - Prisoner at HMP Leyhill
During the four years I’ve been at HMP Leyhill, I’ve had the advantage of being part of the Lobster Pot as it continues to evolve as an effective element in the rehabilitation and resettlement of older, long-term prisoners.  Each of us has different needs and the RECOOP staff, in partnership with prison staff and prisoners’ involvement, continues to work to meet them.  It complements what the prison offers by way of preparing older prisoners for life after release in more ways...
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NOMS contract awarded to RECOOP

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 - RECOOP
to assess the need and ability of prisons and approved premises to adapt their regimes to meet the needs of older offenders.
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Volunteering Project HMP Guy's Marsh 2014/15

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - Sandra Seldon
Volunteering Project proves to be a great success, enabling people to gain new skills, develop team building skills and a more positive opinion of how volunteering could be of benefit, not only whilst in prison, but when released.
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Prisoners? Advice Service session held at the Lobster Pot, HMPLeyhill

Wednesday, June 24th 2015
The Lobster Pot at HMP Leyhill (the drop-in centre for the over 50’s run by RECOOP) hosted a session from the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) and such was its success, another has been scheduled in July. PAS is the only independent registered charity offering free legal advice and support to adult prisoners in England and Wales regarding their rights, conditions of imprisonment and the application of the Prison Rules.  They pursue prisoner’s complaints about their treatment in...
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Busy month for the Lobster Pot at HMP Leyhill.

Monday, May 18th 2015 - RECOOP
The Lobster Pot, a “Drop in Centre” for Leyhill’s over 50 population has been run by RECOOP for the prison for a number of years. It is a multi-faceted centre, with the aim to encourage purposeful activity and social interaction, ensuring the older prisoners develop life skills that will help them live a positive life either inside or outside prison. Our team at The Lobster Pot work closely with all parts of the prison to deliver relevant and current sessions to the prisoners. In...
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Tackling Inequality

Tuesday, May 12th 2015 - RECOOP
RECOOP featured in Clinks "Tackling Inequality in the CJS" Seminar Report.
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Award for RECOOP Project Worker

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015 - RECOOP
Alma Hageman (RECOOP Project Worker at HMP Eastwood Park) was nominated for an Annual Prison Officer Award, in the Equalities category, within prisons in the South West region. These awards are primarily for Prison Officers so especially pleasing to have a RECOOP member of staff recognised in this way.  Alma was shortlisted to the final when she attended HMP Erlestoke on 18th March 2015 for the awards ceremony. The Deputy Director of Custody, Andy Rogers, presented the awards where Alma was...
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Care Act 2014

Wednesday, April 15th 2015 - Tracy Eadie
RECOOP, on behalf of the Department of Health and NOMS, has developed and produced a suite of leaflets which will ensure that prisoners, custody staff and others are aware of prisoner?s rights to care and support
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RECOOP opens new Support Cafe in Manchester

Monday, March 9th 2015 - Tracy Eadie
RECOOP is looking to join up its resettlement pre-release work being delivered in the prisons, with a community service based on the need and research from older offenders residing in the community.  Working with Co-operative and Mutual Solutions (CMS) in the North West, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new Community Support Café service at The Mustard Tree in Ancoats, Manchester.  The Café, offering a rolling 6 week programme, will be open to male and female offenders,...
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"Learning to cater for myself is a skill for life".

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 - Liz Ropschitz
A RECOOP volunteer and prison leavers comment on the training kitchen and life skills work in the Community Rehabilitation Support Caf? in Plymouth.
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Lobster Pot coffee morning

Thursday, February 12th 2015 - Jon Cook
To encourage social skills and improve relations, a coffee morning was held at HMP Leyhill for prison staff and offenders.
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Exciting new venture at HMP Stafford

Friday, December 5th 2014 - Jane Wilkes
HMP Stafford recognises the need to introduce age-specific activity to motivate their older prisoner population and links up with RECOOP.
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Creating a Mosaic

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - Alma Hageman
The Rubies at HMP Eastwood Park create a second mosaic - ?It was like putting my fragmented life back together again?.
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KOESTLER PLATINUM and COMMENDED AWARDS received by The Rubies at HMP Eastwood Park

Wednesday, November 5th 2014 - Alma Hageman
Creativity of RECOOP group "The Rubies" is given deserved recognition by the Koestler Trust.
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A Walk around the Conservation Area at HMP Leyhill

Wednesday, October 8th 2014 - RECOOP Ex-service user
RECOOP organises a woodland walk for the Lobster Pot (Centre for the over 50s at HMP Leyhill).
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Old age behind bars

Thursday, October 2nd 2014 - Penal Reform International
Old age behind bars:  how can prisons adapt to the needs of increasingly elderly populations?  Penal Reform International highlights the fact that countries around the world struggle with similar problems of a growing older prison population as we do in the UK.  Read their full report here.

An Oasis of Calm and Tranquillity

Tuesday, September 23rd 2014 - Gov Simon Beecroft, HMP Eastwood Park
"Having attended the Rubies group, facilitated by Alma from RECOOP; I can say without reservation that the value of facilitating a meeting place for older women in a quiet and reflective environment is enormous".
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RECOOP provides "a life line for anyone who wants to get their life back on track again".

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - Liz Ropschitz
A RECOOP volunteer and prison leavers comment on the Training Kitchen and Life Skills work in the Community Rehabilitation Support Caf? in Plymouth.
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"Mad about the Wreck"

Thursday, August 14th 2014 - Sandra Seldon
Art Project with Bournemouth University and Poole Museum in Dorset and Wiltshire prisons.
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RECOOP launches new services

Monday, July 14th 2014 - RECOOP
RECOOP has just launched its new Consultancy, Training and Direct Services Support packages for prisons across England & Wales.  For more information on how to access these services, click here.

Project Worker Vacancy

Friday, July 11th 2014
An exciting opportunity has arisen within RECOOP for a lively Project Worker to help deliver purposeful activity and peer support for older prisoners in HMP Leyhill.
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Fine Cell Work at HMP Leyhill

Tuesday, June 17th 2014 - Nicola Knoop
Exciting new project at HMP Leyhill working in collaboration with Fine Cell Work.
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"... having a door opened just enough to let the light in without being blinded..."

Tuesday, May 6th 2014
Personal account from a male client attending RECOOP Community Support Caf? Plymouth.
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Volunteering Activities in HMP Guys Marsh

Thursday, April 24th 2014 - Sandra Seldon
In partnership with the Volunteer Centre Dorset, RECOOP is developing a volunteering programme in HMP Guys Marsh and "Through the Gate".
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Silver Dreams Project - Final Evaluation

Monday, April 7th 2014 - Vikki Levick
Final Evaluation of the Silver Dreams Project at HMP Leyhill, the aim of which was to ensure older prisoners were empowered to take back responsibility for key decisions, giving them skills to better manage life changing events......
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Giving 'VOICE' to the Rubies at Eastwood Park

Friday, March 14th 2014 - Alma Hageman
Creativity inspires, empowers, nourishes and brings about social engagement.....
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Working for Palliative Care in Prisons

Monday, March 3rd 2014 - Nicola Knoop
As the older prisoner population continues to rise, the need is pressing to provide treatment and care for people faced with a terminal illness. At HMP Leyhill, RECOOP is working with prison staff to address this issue in various ways.
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Raising Awareness of Older Offender Issues in Prison and the Community.

Wednesday, February 12th 2014 - Anna Haggith
Part of the Capacity Building Project?s Aim is to raise the awareness of older offender issues. The team has developed a training package that can be used to look at the issues in Prisons, Approved Premises and the community.
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"Links in the Community"

Monday, January 27th 2014 - Emily Rogers
A resettlement booklet has been entirely put together by prisoners at Leyhill fulfilling one of the objectives of the Silver Dreams Project.
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Five tips on working with older offenders.

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 - Clinks and RECOOP
A new guide recently published by Clinks and RECOOP offers advice on the needs and rights of older offenders.
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RECOOP in the community!

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 - Nick Le Mesurier
RECOOP is working in the community with older offenders released on licence. A pilot caf? style project, based in Plymouth, aims to offer a range of personally tailored supports to help ease the transition back into everyday life.
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Congratulations to Staffordshire University and HMP Stafford

Friday, December 20th 2013 - RECOOP
Staffordshire University and HMP Stafford facilitate an unusual Social Work student placement opportunity.
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Ruby Group at Eastwood Park raises money for Women's Refuge in Stroud

Friday, December 6th 2013 - Alma Hageman
Over the last 4-5 months the Ruby group (women over 50 at HMP Eastwood Park as run by a RECOOP worker) spent many dedicated hours helping with the Fundraising endeavours for the Women’s Refuge in Stroud through producing a range of crafts.
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RECOOP Business Plan 2013 - 2016

Monday, December 2nd 2013 - RECOOP
This is the RECOOP business plan 2013-2016 produced following a revision of the 2011 / 16 plan. The plan reflects the major impacts on RECOOP’s work: “Transforming Rehabilitation” affecting probation and interventions with adult offenders in the community “Fair and Sustainable”, the ongoing review of the prison estate, and the budgetary impacts on prison services. RECOOP is a not for profit company with charitable status and is committed to supporting older offenders lead...
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Resettlement Fair at HMP Dartmoor is a First

Friday, November 22nd 2013 - Liz Ropschitz
On 5th November 2013, HMP Dartmoor held the first Resettlement Fair showcasing the services available to older people recently released from prison.
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Prison Reform Trusts releases latest Bromley Briefings prison factfile

Thursday, October 31st 2013 - Chloe Stirk
Autumn 2013 edition includes new information on dementia in older prisoners
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Butler Trust Commendation for project at HMP Leyhill

Tuesday, October 29th 2013 - Teri Walker
Teri Walker, RECOOP Project Manager at HMP Leyhill, won a Butler Trust Commendation in March 2012 for setting up a centre for the over 50’s prisoners, with an emphasis on purposeful activity and positive social interaction...
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RECOOP invited to HMP Liverpool during Equalities Week

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 - Tracy Eadie
RECOOP was invited to take part in HMP Liverpool's Equalities Week which was held during week commencing 14th October 2013.
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Royal Treat for the Over 50s at HMP The Verne

Tuesday, October 8th 2013 - Sandra Seldon
In conjunction with the prison’s Equality Department, RECOOP has been busy developing responsive programmes which include a range of speakers and instructional activities for the older prisoner
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Second interim evaluation of mental health & wellbeing programme

Friday, September 27th 2013
The second end-of-year report on our wellbeing project with older offenders in Devon is now available online
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Volunteers wanted for research study

Friday, September 27th 2013 - Anna Kotova
University of Oxford PhD student is seeking women currently supporting a husband, boyfriend or fiance who is serving 10 years or more in prison, to take part in a piece of independent research
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A RECOOP worker's experience of working with the older women in a remand prison

Thursday, September 26th 2013 - Alma Hageman
Whilst working for RECOOP in a Women’s Remand Prison one is very aware of the short duration of stay of the women - the average at the moment is about a month.   As a worker it is therefore important to have links, not just inside the prison, which are invaluable, but also to the ‘outside’. I have tried to do this for the women through: Our fundraising endeavours - making beautiful craft work to be sold at the Farmers Market in Stroud, raising money for the Read More

House of Commons Justice Committee publishes report on findings of older prisoners inquiry

Thursday, September 12th 2013 - Chloe Stirk
RECOOP's work and evidence feature strongly in the report, with many of our recommendations put forward by the committee, including the introduction of a national strategy and the expansion of services such as those we already offer in South West prisons
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Wellbeing Day at HMP Bure

Wednesday, September 4th 2013 - RECOOP
As part of RECOOP's Capacity Building work, Anna Haggith visited HMP Bure and looked at the services they provide for their older offenders.
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Interim evaluation of Silver Dreams work in Leyhill now published

Thursday, August 22nd 2013
Read the external interim evaluation of our Silver Dreams-funded work in HMP Leyhill delivering personal release planning, peer mentoring and end-of-life care
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Case study of a RECOOP volunteer: Karen Bond

Tuesday, August 20th 2013 - 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 a RECOOP volunteer: Ben Huntley

Thursday, August 15th 2013 - Nick Le Mesurier
In the next of our series of interviews with some of the wonderful RECOOP volunteers, Nick Le Mesurier speaks to Ben Huntley, who volunteers with the older prisoners in HMP Guy's Marsh
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Training for third sector staff

Friday, August 9th 2013
RECOOP's ‘Working With Older Offenders’ training package aims to raise awareness of older offenders' needs in third sector CJS agencies
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Interim Evaluation - NOMS funded Capacity Building Project

Monday, August 5th 2013 - NOMS
Interim evaluation just published ...
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RECOOP presents at Action for Prisoners' Families event

Wednesday, July 24th 2013 - Sandra Seldon
We were thrilled to be invited to speak at a seminar on the families of older people in prison
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Silver Dreams Report 2

Wednesday, July 17th 2013 - Teri Walker
Key findings at the year point milestone of the Silver Dreams Project are set out in this second Report.
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Interview with a RECOOP volunteer: Becky Huggins

Friday, July 12th 2013 - Nick Le Mesurier
The next in a series of interviews with wonderful RECOOP volunteers
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First RECOOP newsletter published

Thursday, July 11th 2013 - Paul Grainge
Our Capacity Building Project has published its first newsletter for professionals working with older offenders
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Peer Supporter Scheme at HMP Leyhill

Monday, June 24th 2013 - Emily Rogers
RECOOP at HMP Leyhill are launching a pioneering peer support scheme for over 50s.
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Prison Reform Trust launches 2013 writing competition

Friday, June 21st 2013 - Chloe Stirk
This year's writing competition is now open for entries by prisoners, prisoners' families and friends, and former prisoners
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Police officers in Essex to be given mental health awareness training

Thursday, June 13th 2013 - Chloe Stirk
Essex police force has agreed a scheme with the North Essex NHS Partnership Foundation Trust to give officers better training
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Prison Reform Trust publishes latest Bromley Briefings

Thursday, June 13th 2013 - Chloe Stirk
The Summer 2013 edition highlights the fact that 12% of the UK's prison population is now made up of people aged 50 or over
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Interview with a RECOOP volunteer: Mavis Davis

Wednesday, May 29th 2013 - Nick Le Mesurier
The second in a series of interviews with our wonderful volunteers
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Silver Dreams Report 1

Monday, May 20th 2013 - Teri Walker
The Big Lottery Funded "Silver Dreams Project" began at HMP Leyhill in July 2012. This is the first full report together with quotations from service-users.
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Guardian article: Older prisoners are fastest-growing part of jail population, says chief inspector

Thursday, May 16th 2013 - Chloe Stirk
Guardian article on evidence given by Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of prisons, to Justice Select Committee Inquiry hearing on older prisoner
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Justice Select Committee hearing on older prisoners

Thursday, May 16th 2013 - Chloe Stirk
RECOOP and UK Government's Chief Inspector of Prisons amongst those who have given evidence to MPs at Justice Select Committee Inquiry into older prisoners
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Interview with a RECOOP volunteer: Barrie Duke

Thursday, April 25th 2013 - Nick Le Mesurier
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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Guardian article on the growing challenge to prisons of dementia among prisoners

Friday, April 12th 2013 - Chloe Stirk
Edited report by Adam Moll of the Mental Health Foundation on today's Guardian website, featuring RECOOP
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Five short sketches about prison life

Thursday, April 4th 2013 - Nick leMesurier
Theatre practitioner Becky Huggins is working with older prisoners at HMP Dartmoor
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Ships ahoy!

Wednesday, March 27th 2013 - Sandra Seldon
RECOOP service users from HMP Guy?s Marsh working with Bournemouth University on a Maritime Shipwreck Project
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HMP Swansea 'Bridging the wall' event

Thursday, March 14th 2013 - Paul Grainge
In January HMP Swansea, with the support of Paul Grainge from RECOOP's Capacity Building Project team, invited local community organisations into the prison to participate in their 'Bridging the Wall' event.
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Article on older prisoners in today's The Economist

Saturday, March 2nd 2013 - Chloe Stirk
"In it for life: Old prisoners are suffering from poor care - and putting a strain on jails, too"
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RECOOP features in new Mental Health Foundation publication

Wednesday, February 20th 2013 - Chloe Stirk
RECOOP features in a new publication by the Mental Health Foundation, written by Adam Moll, entitled 'Losing Track of Time. Dementia and the Aging Prison Population: treatment challenges and examples of good practice'.
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'Smashing days' for the Rubies at HMP Eastwood Park

Monday, February 18th 2013 - Alma Hageman
The RECOOP Project Officer at HMP Eastwood Park provided the Rubies (group for women over 50) with the opportunity of creating a mosaic.
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RECOOP worker receives Butler Trust qualification

Monday, February 11th 2013 - Chloe Stirk
Teri Walker was awarded a specialist qualification in Developing and Disseminating Good Practice in Correctional Settings at a ceremony on 29th January
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Thank you Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Farewell to HMP Shrewsbury

Wednesday, January 30th 2013 - Jane Wilkes
HMP Shrewsbury - with its high numbers of older inmates - now set to close after local Age UK branch committed to supporting the older prisoners there
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Over 150 FREE resources downloaded from our members' site!

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - Chloe Stirk
... and over 75 professionals working with older offenders and ex-offenders have now signed up
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Volunteer - Eastwood Park

Friday, January 11th 2013
Volunteer needed to support the supervision and facilitation of Friday afternoon group sessions at HMP Eastwood Park with the older women prisoners.
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MoJ announces closure of six UK prisons

Thursday, January 10th 2013 - Chloe Stirk
The Ministry of Justice is to close six prisons across the country, including Shepton Mallet, where RECOOP works with the older prisoners
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RECOOP worker wins Award

Friday, December 21st 2012
Liz Ropschitz, Coordinator of RECOOP's work in Devon, has won the Una Padel Award 2012
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BMJ article on elderly prisoners

Thursday, December 13th 2012
The British Medical Journal recently published an article examining the difficulties faced by older prisoners in today's prisons
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RECOOP project featured in latest NOMS newsletter

Friday, November 30th 2012
RECOOP's NOMS-funded national capacity building work with prisons, probation trusts and voluntary sector organisations in working with older offenders and ex-offenders is featured in the organisation's latest newsletter, Changing Lives Together
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Prison Reform Trust releases latest Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile

Wednesday, November 28th 2012
Report identifies 'complete lack of staff training in identifying the signs of mental health problems among the elderly', with prison staff quoting lack of funding and the age or design of prison buildings as main barriers to change
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Volunteer on RECOOP's women's programme at HMP Eastwood Park

Friday, November 16th 2012
Volunteer needed to support the supervision and facilitation of Friday afternoon group sessions with the older women prisoners at HMP Eastwood Park.
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Silver Dreams Lottery funding secured by RECOOP for work with older prisoners at HMP Leyhill

Monday, October 22nd 2012 - Teri Walker - RECOOP Project Manager
The project focuses on Personal Plans, peer mentoring initiatives and end of life care services. First Quarter report is now available to view.
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RECOOP presents at WI conference

Friday, October 5th 2012
Our Project Officer at HMP Eastwood Park, Alma Hageman, was invited to speak at this year's Gloucestershire County WI Annual Meeting
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"Record number of prisoners dying in old age"

Tuesday, September 18th 2012
Telegraph article explores the increase in deaths in custody of older prisoners
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"Ruby" to receive Koestler Award

Thursday, September 6th 2012
Former RECOOP service user and member of the Rubies at HMP Eastwood Park has been highly commended at this year's Koestler Awards
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Free resources!

Friday, August 24th 2012
Join our growing members' site and get access to a whole range of free resources in working with older offenders and ex-offenders
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RECOOP shortlisted for Best New Charity Award

Tuesday, August 7th 2012
We are thrilled to have been selected for the shortlist of this year's Charity Times Awards
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Koestler Trust looking for older ex-offenders for arts internship

Friday, July 27th 2012
The Koestler Trust is recruiting 5 enthusiastic ex-prisoners, aged 50+ and with an interest in the arts, to volunteer for an intensive internship in front of house exhibition hosting, with a view to running exhibition tours and working as Koestler hosts
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New RECOOP members' site now live!

Thursday, July 12th 2012
We've launched a new section of the website for professionals who work with, or who are interested in working with, older offenders and ex-offenders.
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RECOOP awarded Big Lottery Fund's Silver Dreams programme funding

Thursday, July 5th 2012
We are pleased to announce that RECOOP has been selected to benefit from the Big Lottery Fund's Silver Dreams programme, in association with the Daily Mail, which supports projects that improve the lives of older people.
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Interim evaluation of Mental Wellbeing project

Thursday, June 21st 2012
Last year RECOOP was awarded funding from the Lloyds TSB Community Foundation for a three year mental wellbeing project in the Devon cluster of prisons. The interim independent evaluator's report has now been published and is available to download.
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RECOOP is recruiting!

Thursday, June 21st 2012
We're recruiting a project worker for an exciting new project in Gloucestershire
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Reoffending rates rise in over 50s

Friday, May 25th 2012
Latest Ministry of Justice figures indicate an increase in reoffending amongst older offenders of 0.5% compared to the previous year
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Older offenders remain the most rapidly growing group in the CJS

Thursday, May 24th 2012
According to recent MoJ data, the number of over 50s entering the Criminal Justice System rose more than any other age group in the year ending June 2010
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RECOOP to build capacity in UK prisons

Friday, April 27th 2012
RECOOP has been awarded NOMS funding to improve the capacity of prisons and the voluntary sector in working with older offenders
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"The Rubies" reading group at HMP Eastwood Park - a volunteer's perspective

Tuesday, April 17th 2012
Susan O'Connor reports on her experience as a volunteer with RECOOP
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Concerns over treatment of elderly prisoners in Ireland

Wednesday, April 4th 2012
The Irish Times reports that a judge has raised concerns over support given to older prisoners in a Dublin jail
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RECOOP is recruiting - CLOSED

Friday, March 9th 2012
We are recruiting one Lead Capacity Building Consultant and three Regional Capacity Building Consultants to work on an innovative new NOMS-funded project. PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS NOW PASSED
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RECOOP presents at national IMB conference

Tuesday, February 28th 2012
Report from Teri Walker, RECOOP Project Manager at HMP Leyhill, on her experience presenting at the National Independent Monitoring Board Conference
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"Praise for prison governor as 'positive' schemes pay off" - article about HMP Channings Wood

Friday, February 17th 2012
Article in says "Prisoners are turning their lives around by making furniture, keeping chickens and donating money to victims as a new governor brings a "breath of fresh air" to a unit."
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Ken Clarke warns against longer sentences

Thursday, February 2nd 2012
Longer sentencing does not reduce reoffending, says Justice Secretary
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Prisoners raise money for victims of crime

Thursday, February 2nd 2012
A new charity called Time Well Spent was launched by HMP Shepton Mallet on Friday, through which prisoners will be able to raise money for victims of crime by producing and selling art work.
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Guardian article: "Keeping ex-offenders lawful needs a creative touch"

Wednesday, January 18th 2012
Thoughtful piece in yesterday's Guardian by ex-offender Erwin James, about the reduction in reoffending rates of ex-offenders who took part in a crime desistance programme based around sports.
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The Butler Trust Annual Awards

Monday, January 2nd 2012
Teri Walker, RECOOP's Project Manager at Leyhill Prison, has been awarded a Butler Trust Commendation and is to receive her award later this year at Buckingham Palace.
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TESTIMONIAL: From a member of prison staff

Thursday, December 22nd 2011
"I find this Intervention absolutely invaluable and a great support to both staff and prisoners."
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OVERSEAS SECTOR NEWS: CJS issues from the United States

Wednesday, December 21st 2011
"Do the crime, serve the time and pay the dime" in California, and "When the prisoners ran the prison" in Massachusetts
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Donate up to ?10 to RECOOP by text message

Thursday, December 8th 2011
It's now even easier to make a donation
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Custody numbers reach record high

Tuesday, December 6th 2011
The number of people held in custody in England and Wales has recently topped 88,000 for the first time ever.
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Help us to develop our services

Friday, November 4th 2011
We're collecting feedback from current and former service users, older offenders and ex-offenders in general, and our partners in the prison service, to guide us in the development of future services.
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New MOJ figures show rising reoffending rates in over 50s

Friday, November 4th 2011
On 27th October the Ministry of Justice published its latest reoffending data, which shows that older offenders are the only group not to display a fall in reoffending rates since 2000.
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SECTOR NEWS: Age UK on older prisoners

Friday, October 21st 2011
Age UK publishes its Expert Series guide to working with older offenders in prison, "Supporting older people in prison: ideas for practice".
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Older ex-offenders' real voices needed

Friday, September 30th 2011
Were you released from custody aged 50 or over? Or do you know of someone who was?
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SECTOR NEWS: Prison Reform Trust poll results published

Thursday, September 29th 2011
Report shows that the public want to see offenders "make amends"
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RECOOP featured in The Times

Friday, September 23rd 2011
The Times newspaper has published two articles about older prisoners, both of which feature RECOOP as an example of good practise in working with older offenders.
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Latest RECOOP Service Users' Voices

Thursday, September 8th 2011
Read comments from our service users at Eastwood Park women's prison on their experience of "The Rubies", RECOOP's older women prisoners group, during the time they spent there.
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RECOOP Business Plan now available online

Friday, September 2nd 2011
Our 2011-2016 Business Plan is now available for you to download from this website. It covers the organisation's key aims and objectives over the next five years.
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Armed Forces Day ? HMP Channings Wood

Tuesday, August 23rd 2011 - Liz Ropschitz
On 25 June 2011 veterans in HMP Channings Wood commemorated military history when David Gammell, Help for Heroes Volunteer County Co-ordinator for Devon & Cornwall, planted a miniature weeping willow in a newly created flower bed ......
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RECOOP at Leyhill

Thursday, August 18th 2011
Read the annual report of our work in Leyhill open prison.
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RECOOP on the prison intranet site

Tuesday, August 9th 2011
RECOOP's work in prisons has featured on the prison intranet site this week in two articles entitled: "Old on the Inside" and "Age old Answers".
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RECOOP's work in Eastwood Park

Tuesday, August 9th 2011
RECOOP's work in Eastwood Park women's prison is currently funded by Lankelly Chase. You can download our six-month report from this article.
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RECOOP featured in Community Care article

Wednesday, August 3rd 2011
Online social care website mentions RECOOP in an article on social care in prisons
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RECOOP website gets a new look

Thursday, July 28th 2011
We are pleased to launch our new website.
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From left to right:  Chris Elliott -  Social Inclusion Officer HMP Dartmoor; James Paxman RECOOP volunteer speaker; Liz Ropschitz - RECOOP Devon Prison Cluster Volunteer and Healthy Living Coordinator; Mavis Davis RECOOP volunteer- Mothers Union and Alan Wickenden Mentor for the Ex-Offender Charity Restore

RECOOP Launch for Devon Volunteers at the new Over 50?s Day Centre in HMP Dartmoor - April 26th 2011

Friday, May 20th 2011 - Liz Ropschitz and Chris Elliott
The RECOOP launch was an ideal opportunity for the RECOOP volunteers working in the Devon prison cluster to meet each other and talk about their various volunteering experiences.
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Donate to RECOOP

Wednesday, May 11th 2011
Online donations to RECOOP now possible
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Monday, April 18th 2011 - Jennie Osborne - BCHA
RECOOP launch to help offenders and ex-offenders throughout the UK
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RECOOP's Response to Breaking the Cycle

Monday, April 18th 2011 - Liz Davis
RECOOP's response to Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing
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Service Users' Voices

Monday, April 11th 2011
Our Service Users' Voices page has been up-dated. Click on the link to the left.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales fund RECOOP to develop further its work in mental health

Friday, April 8th 2011
A three year grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation means that Liz Ropschitz can focus her experience in the mental health field for the benefit of the older prison population and ex offenders.
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Music in Time Group receives a Koestler Highly Commended Award.

Monday, February 21st 2011 - Liz Ropschitz
A truly participatory creative music event for the older prisoner in HMP Dartmoor receives a Koestler 2010 Highly Commended Award for Singer-Songwriter with the CD ?No Rhyme or Reason?.
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Lobster Pot end of year report

Tuesday, December 21st 2010
The Lobster Pot is the centre for all men aged over 50 at HMP Leyhill. It is managed by RECOOP (Resettlement and Care of Older ex-Offenders and Prisoners) and developed as part of an organic process in consultation with relevant prison staff ......
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Health Day - HMP Dartmoor

Thursday, November 25th 2010 - Liz Ropschitz
On 26th October, a Health Marker Place was held in HMP Dartmoor, giving a full day of information and presentations to showcase some of the help and support available to our older prisoners to maintain physical and mental well-being.
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Prison Reform Trust - Doing Time Good Practice

Thursday, July 8th 2010 - Francesca Cooney with Julia Braggins
This report is mainly based on a survey of staff in prison establishments throughout England and Wales. The high response rate demonstrates a willingness to share information and improve practice in work with older people in prison.
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Over 50 UK Prison Population

Friday, July 2nd 2010
This table shows the population of prisoners aged 50 and over, by age group and sex, in England and Wales, as at 31st March 2010.
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Prisoners aged over 50 in Prisons in the South West

Friday, July 2nd 2010
This table shows Prisoners aged over 50 in Prisons in the South West, as at 31st March 2010
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The Experience of an Ageing Male Prison Population

Monday, June 21st 2010 - Dr Natalie Mann, University of Essex
   DOING HARDER TIME? THE EXPERIENCE OF AN AGEING MALE PRISON POPULATION IN ENGLAND AND WALES: SUMMARY OF THE MAIN FINDINGS   Dr Natalie Mann, University of Essex   Our society is unaccustomed to thinking about older people in terms of their involvement in crime and the criminal justice system. Saturated by stereotypical images of the elderly as frail victims of crime, the criminal experiences of this age group have been systematically ignored. However, the number of male prisoners...
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Information for older prisoners - Claiming state pensions and benefits after you are released

Tuesday, June 8th 2010
Information for older prisoners. Claiming state pensions and benefits after you are released. It is important to try and get your pension and benefits claims sorted out before you leave prison if you can.
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National Independent Monitoring Board Conference

00 00:00:00-00-0000 - Teri Walker
Due to the success of RECOOP's partnership with HMP Leyhill and services offered to the older prisoners, Teri Walker (Volunteer Cluster Co-ordinator for South Glos and Glos) was offered an opportunity to speak at the National Conference for Board Member.
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