The important role of Guest Speakers
Guest speakers form an important part of the activities organised by RECOOP in the various prisons in which we work.
Bristol Mind recently visited the Lobster Pot at HMP Leyhill when the men were given the opportunity to discuss their views on the stigma attached to mental health. So successful was the visit, that Mind requested to return to speak more about the services it can offer, both locally and nationally. It also suggested visiting on a quarterly basis so that new arrivals can be made aware of the support, both within prison and upon release
Also at the Lobster Pot, visits continue to be arranged by local Approved Premises. The opportunity for the men to learn more about Hostels manages so many anxieties and clarifies the many rumours that are spread.
The men at Guys Marsh were recently visited by Choice Support, a national social care charity providing support to people with learning/physical disabilities, as well as mental health issues. It also provides employent in Social Care for men and women on release from prison and was able to hand out applicaiton forms to suitable candidates and carry out interiews with those who were nearing release.
Other guest speakers include representatives from the Prisoners' Advice Service who, in addition to facilitating general group discussions, are also able to offer 1-2-1 sessions; Alzheimer's Society, Prostate Cancer and the RNIB who offered to deliver a two-day course to a number of prisoners dealing with sight loss issues.
RECOOP is indebted to them for sharing their knowledge and expertise.
If you work for an organisation that could offer support as a guest speaker to the work we do, or if you would like to access our groups, then please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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