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Pilot "Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme" a resounding success

Friday, August 18th 2017 - RECOOP

The first pilot of our “Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme” has now been delivered in HMP Lewes with resounding success.  All participants were over 60 years old and all reported that their knowledge and confidence levels of each module had increased as a result.

"It covered a lot more than I thought it would and I realise how much I need to rely on others before getting out.  All on the course felt empowered, even me!  We now know how to organise our worries and concerns into positive actions. As a first timer at my age it was a very daunting prospect, the course helped enormously".                                                                       Participant - HMP Lewes

Release from Prison can be both a daunting and exciting experience. Our Transition Programme, which has been designed to address the specific resettlement needs of those who are aged over 50, aims to equip older prisoners with the appropriate knowledge and skills to support a positive resettlement experience and to live actively, responsibly and productively post release.

It is delivered over 4 days at a pace that lends itself to the learning and engagement style of older people.  It broadly covers the following themes:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Benefits & Personal Budgeting
  • Re-establishing links with friends and family
  • Accessing Community Services
  • Volunteering
  • Disclosure

The programme includes sessions on planning for retirement, independent living skills, technology, building new networks of support, volunteering and disclosure.  We also provide a toolkit for managing the triggers of re-offending post release.

A variety of activities, including independent, pairs and group-work, as well as interactive drama and out of class methods are used to complete the programme.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact info@recoop.org.uk

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