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Impact of Buddy Support Training

Friday, April 6th 2018

Working alongside Devon County Council and three prisons in Devon, RECOOP has been delivering The Buddy Support Scheme in HMPs Channings Wood, Dartmoor and Exeter for over four years and has just completed training within four prisons in The East Prison region – HMPs Highpoint, Littlehey, Warren Hill and Bure.

The Programme is designed to equip prisoners to support other prisoners with health and social care needs and the day-to-day challenges they face within an often very difficult environment.  Selected prisoners are trained in 14 modules, based on the National Care Standards, adapted for use in prisons, to support their fellow inmates with the intention that through support, there can be an element of prevention (wherever possible) in any further decline in the individual’s ability or health and social care needs.

Feedback from recent participants highlight the impact this training can have:

“A great delivery and greater understanding in personal care”.

“A pleasure to be encouraged.  The tutor was very informative, persuasive and orderly”.

“Understanding it’s all about encouragement and giving independence back”.

      “A well put-together course. I learned from it and can implement the changes to the DLO team”.  DLO Coordinator.

Click on the Summary graph which highlights their knowledge increase in all modules of the training both pre-and post-programme.

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