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Alma Hageman

  • Position: Project Worker - Eastwod Park

Alma finished her studies in child psychology in Amsterdam before coming to Britain.  For many years she worked as co-manager in communities for children/adults with learning difficulties and/or challenging behaviour, after which she worked with people overcoming addictions.

Following training in counselling, bereavement support work and group facilitation, Alma started working for RECOOP as Creative Group Facilitator at HMP Eastwood Park for women.  In addition to offering 1:1 sessions with the "Rubies" (the over 50s group at EWP) Alma volunteers for Cruse Bereavement Support and Restorative Justice - all at Eastwood Park - as well as supervising a group of 12 Cruse volunteers.  She also supervises one member of staff at EWP plus the Safer Custody Orderlies and is trained in trauma work and addressing self-harm issues.

Her groups in prison have won several Koestler Platinum and Gold Awards and she holds a strong belief that artistic and creative activities are valuable tools for expression and potential healing. Recently she has started a new creative, therapeutic social group for women in the community, taking in women who have mental health issues, addictions, bereavement or who are ex-offenders.

Alma gives public talks and lectures about her work and was awarded a South West Equalities Award, nominated by the Governor at HMP Eastwood Park.


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