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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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RECOOP featured in Community Care article

Wednesday, August 3rd 2011
Online social care website www.communitycare.co.uk 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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RECOOP LAUNCH - PRESS RELEASE

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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