RECOOP and the Lobster Pot
Back in June 2009, RECOOP entered into conversations with HMP Leyhill as it recognised the differences required in successfully integrating and rehabilitating older aged offenders and welcomed the additional expertise of an outside organisation such as RECOOP.
In April 2010, RECOOP re-launched a Day Centre for the over 50s. Only through effective partnership can an organisation outside of the Prison Service hope to prove that it can both offer strategic expertise and translate this into practical work on a daily basis. Making sense of what is needed and what can be delivered in a custodial setting, understanding the expectations of prisoners and the prison are all imperative, as is establishing how the work fits with existing and proposed initiatives delivered elsewhere within the establishment.
The best prospect for finding creative solutions is to get a clear sense of the prison’s dynamics. HMP Leyhill provided RECOOP with a committed and progressive input to the planning stages of the project and the Governor also supported practical solutions to allow things to happen, something an outside organisation would find difficult to do when working within a larger organisation. All relevant prison training was given at an early stage. Strategic links to the pathways to reducing re-offending were at the heart of planning from both RECOOP and prison perspectives.
Since then, RECOOP has welcomed a staggering 169,384 men to the Lobster Pot, with an average of 494 unique users a year.
We are therefore delighted to announce RECOOP has been awarded a further 3-year contract to continue to provide this invaluable Day Centre provision for the over 50’s at HMP Leyhill.
Ray Johnson, Acting Governor, said: “We’re delighted to be working with RECOOP for the next three years in our over 50’s service delivery and look forward to further developing the service we offer those in our care”.
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