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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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