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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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