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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 thisisdevon.co.uk 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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