Liz Ropschitz MBE
- Position: Project Co-ordinator - Devon & Cornwall
I work with prisoners over the age of 50 in the 3 prisons in Devon, HMP Exeter, HMP Dartmoor and HMP Channings Wood helping to meet the health and social care needs of the older offender through promoting positive health and well being and by improving the prisoners awareness of health issues, especially those affecting the older person.
During 2009 and 2010, working closely with the prison diversity staff and NHS Devon SW Health Trainer Partnership, we successfully implemented a Pilot Health Trainer Initiative in the Devon Prisons by delivering RSPH training to prisoners, prison staff and supportive ACOOP volunteers.
This training has enabled us to:
- Train 19 prisoners, over the age of 50 to be Health Champions whom the inmates have direct access to for support. This may be support in making positive health behaviour changes or a gym mentor to assist the less able to attend the over 50’s gym sessions.
- Establish a weekly evening healthy living drop-in looking at the key health messages, nutrition, weight awareness, diet, exercise, smoking and tools for behaviour change.
- Host regular health and social care related speakers for prisoners over 50 e.g. Prostate cancer, stress management, self motivation and physical health education
- Provide exercise and fitness sessions for outdoor and in cell activity
- Establishing over 50’s forums have been a huge success, providing prisoners with a service user network that is both independent and democratic. Training to be active members is provided and regular speakers offer advice and information on various topics including pensions and benefits, housing, health issues, community organisations and services that may assist reintegration into main stream society, promoting active citizenship and reducing social isolation.
As members of BCHA family of companies, we now have the added benefit of their expertise in working with vulnerable people and this support will assist us to continue to expand our work into the community, identifying sustainable support systems, networks and services for older ex-offenders and their families. Through working with this wider partnership we will aim to help ex offenders successfully resettle into the community reducing re-offending and contributing to a safe community environment.
- We were delighted to be invited to The Langley House Trust’s carol service at The Knole in Cheltenham. Merry Christ… https://t.co/5XLyDRc0vA10:04am, Dec 20, 2018
- We are delighted to have been awarded a further 3-year contract to continue to provide Day Centre provision for the… https://t.co/yuoYzJKnlp9:15am, Dec 18, 2018
- Multi-faith Remembrance Service and tree planting ceremony held at HMP Dartmoor in conjunction with @RECOOP_UK and… https://t.co/Tj3kfPqad69:28am, Nov 27, 2018
- Skills learned by one man at the Lobster Pot (over 50s Day Centre at HMP Leyhill) have proved to be invaluable post… https://t.co/sKWYTbVchB11:17am, Nov 20, 2018
- Social care in prisons in England & Wales-A thematic report/Oct 18 recommends “any prisoner providing social care s… https://t.co/gnEl0BerHJ9:22am, Oct 24, 2018
- Aldo Trust grant helps support prisoners directly via RECOOP https://t.co/bwhiVuGPQQ9:10am, Oct 15, 2018
- RECOOP & @DevonCC nominated for Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice Award in recognition of their invaluable… https://t.co/B39v7N604A9:35am, Oct 01, 2018
- RECOOP wins Innovation Wessex funding to develop' Transition' Resettlement Training course for community delivery https://t.co/lpYxiDZeRz11:21am, Sep 25, 2018
- Rubies at HMP Eastwood Park win numerous @KoestlerTrust awards and selected to exhibit at #ImStillHere Southbank ex… https://t.co/NlyCKiWPPG9:55am, Sep 17, 2018
- Healthy Eating & Living in Prison programme helps address the issues around poor food choices and lack of exercise… https://t.co/qRnkXFAxz812:10pm, Aug 15, 2018