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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.

There were representatives from agencies and partnership workers such as BCHA, Prison Reform Trust, Samaritans, ICAS Independent Complaints & Advocacy Service, Alcoholics Anonymous, In-service Health Care, Mental Health Trainer Support, Superact Live Music Now South West, Health Advisors NHS Devon, Action For Prisoners Families, Spiritual Health, Alzheimers Society and the British Red Cross who gave the delegates and the prisoners some expert practical information as to how to safely assist your fellow mate with mobility issues. This workshop was beneficial and relevant to all attending.

The day was a great success. It gave the prisoners a chance to talk to the guests and ask questions. The guests had a chance to do some networking, and understand each others roles over a working lunch. All agencies were keen to contribute their expertise.

There were around 30 guests and 35 prisoners in attendance, and it was a very productive event.

HMP Dartmoor over 50s Forum chairman did a very entertaining talk about the weight loss clinic he runs, and the stepometer programme which is aimed at helping to improve prisoners health by encouraging prisoners to take exercise opportunities.

The comments that have arrived by email from delegates after the event reflects the success of the day:

C
hris Elliott, Diversity Officer - HMP Dartmoor
The day was a great success! It gave the prisoners a chance to talk to the guests and ask questions. The guests had a chance to do some networking, and understand each others roles over a working lunch. All agencies were keen to contribute their expertise.

Francesca Cooney - Prison Reform Trust
The health day at HMP Dartmoor was brilliantly organised and a really good example of a prison working with groups from the community. It was well attended and a great opportunity for people in prison to find out what outside organisations can do to support them.

Trevor Twinley, Development Worker - South Devon , Alzheimer's Society
Thanks so much for inviting me to attend the Health Day at Dartmoor Prison this week. It was a privilege to represent the Alzheimer's Society at this event. I was most impressed with the quality of the event and it was particularly good to meet with some of the older offenders during the day.

Patsy Lang, Justice Manager - Superact Live Music Now South West
Congratulations on a great event. It was unique in my experience having a conference/meeting with the offenders. I go to a lot of these things where people are endlessly talking about offenders rather than to them. What a success, I hope you are pleased.

Steph Parker, Health Promotion Adviser - Devon PCT
The health day at Dartmoor was a worthwhile day for all. It gave us all an insight into the issues faced by older prisoners and the organisations that are there to help. It was well organised and should be an annual event and I am sure all involved would agree.

Gill Unstead, Offender Health Commissioning Manager - Devon Drug and Alcohol Action Team
I thought it was a really good day and was pleased to have been able to come along. It was so helpful to me personally in terms of getting a better understanding of the work you do and the needs of older prisoners. Plus the bonus of learning how to get someone off the floor! It was also a great opportunity to spend some time with the some of the older prisoners, some of whom I had met before, and to hear how life is in prison from their experience.

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