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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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