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The impact of our Day Centres

Thursday, January 18th 2018

Like all charities, we collect numerous statistics throughout the year in order to highlight the importance of the service we offer.  RECOOP has run Day Centres for the over 50s in six prisons throughout 2017 and in that period:

  • 46,640 individual visits have been made;
  • by 752 unique users;
  • 1,420 prisoner volunteer hours have been worked by 603 prisoners;
  • 562 external volunteer hours worked by 246 volunteers.

All groups address the 9 Pathways to re-offending in a variety of ways including group discussions on resettlement, sessions around health & wellbeing, creativity and the importance of volunteering.  Outside speakers have included The Prisoners Advice Service, Choice Support, RNIB, the Alzheimer’s Society and local Approved Premises.

Our service-users best describe the effect the RECOOP Day Centres have on them:

“It is a good ‘safe haven’, giving a social base and focus for the over-50s.  The range of ideas and interests covered, with frequent visiting speakers, allows all sorts of people to benefit.  Having RECOOP staff on hand to give help and advice on so many things is invaluable, especially with regard to the future, housing and other issues.”

“There is an air of excitement and a buzz about the Lobster Pot (Day Centre run by RECOOP at HMP Leyhill) both inside and in the garden and the allotment with raised beds.  It’s about association, communication and activities.”

“The group has given me the chance to explore and challenge myself in ways I thought I was incapable of.  It has given my prison sentence structure, makes me feel I have more choices in my life when I am released”.

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