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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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The Experience of an Ageing Male Prison Population

Monday, June 21st 2010 - Dr Natalie Mann, University of Essex
   DOING HARDER TIME? THE EXPERIENCE OF AN AGEING MALE PRISON POPULATION IN ENGLAND AND WALES: SUMMARY OF THE MAIN FINDINGS   Dr Natalie Mann, University of Essex   Our society is unaccustomed to thinking about older people in terms of their involvement in crime and the criminal justice system. Saturated by stereotypical images of the elderly as frail victims of crime, the criminal experiences of this age group have been systematically ignored. However, the number of male prisoners...
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Information for older prisoners - Claiming state pensions and benefits after you are released

Tuesday, June 8th 2010
Information for older prisoners. Claiming state pensions and benefits after you are released. It is important to try and get your pension and benefits claims sorted out before you leave prison if you can.
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National Independent Monitoring Board Conference

00 00:00:00-00-0000 - Teri Walker
Due to the success of RECOOP's partnership with HMP Leyhill and services offered to the older prisoners, Teri Walker (Volunteer Cluster Co-ordinator for South Glos and Glos) was offered an opportunity to speak at the National Conference for Board Member.
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Wednesday, May 20th 2020
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