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Service Users' Voices

This page contains articles and pieces written by our service users and colleagues from the prison service about their experience of RECOOP and its work. Should you wish to contribute to this page please contact us.


 

Transition 50+ "A course to be remembered with a real sense of pride and accomplishment"

One of the participants at HMP Ford who enrolled on the Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme sums up the impact of the 4-day course.
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Benefits of Day Centre at HMP Manchester

You may recall that I recently mentioned to you the benefits gained from the regular meeting of the Over 50s Group of inmates since my admission here in January of last year. I have found that there is much to be gained by all concerned from the group.
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Collaborative poem written by the Rubies

A poem written by the Rubies (RECOOP Day Centre at HMP Eastwood Park) on a visit by Tim Robertson, older prisoners researcher on behalf of Clinks.
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Buddy Support Worker Training Programme

Feedback highlighting the impact the Buddy Support Worker Training Programme is having. The Programme is designed to equip prisoners to support other prisoners with health & social care needs and day to day challenges they face.
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Quotes from HMP Leyhill

The Lobster Pot, run by RECOOP is a "Drop in Centre" for HMP Leyhill's over 50 population.
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Rubies

Poem written by a Ruby. The Rubies is a group run by RECOOP for the over 50s in HMP Eastwood Park.
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Quotes from Hostel Managers and Probation Officers

These professional quotes come from Hostel Managers and Probation Officers working with ex-offenders attending a Community Support Cafe run by RECOOP in Devon.
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Volunteer 'Buddy' talks about his experience

"Joining the group run by RECOOP was the best thing I have done".
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Case Study from Eastwood Park

Case Study of a 'Ruby' at Eastwood Park.
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What one Ruby had to say .....

Remark made by a 73 year old Ruby at Eastwood Park
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Poems written by members of the Rubies Group in Eastwood Park

These poems were written by Members of the Rubies Group at Eastwood Park.
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Extract of a letter from a Ruby, Eastwood Park

"........... I now have another wonderful memory for the word 'Rubies'.  It's a place to go to be accepted for who you are, a place to meet some very warm and friendly people, some of those people becoming very precious to...
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Letter received from a Ruby on leaving Eastwood Park

"There is a great sense of trust, respect and understanding and above all caring, that we seem to pick up from you and learn to share.  It is a great comfort and support and helps to beat the terrible isolation and loneliness.  By you...
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Prison Staff Testimonial

  Our Older Persons population has been steadily rising for over a year. The distinct differences and needs of the Older Person as opposed to those of our younger prisoners have until recently not been met. Since we have had interventions...
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Service Users' Voices

  “Many thanks for the time you spent trying to find interesting things to do and talk about”. “Now, released, I am contemplating joining a volunteer group somewhere where I can participate in craft work...
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FROM HELL TO ACOOP - A journey of a lifetime in only 18 months

A short peice written by an ex-offender charting their time in prison and their experience of ACOOP
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Forum Article - A Prison 50+ Forum from personal experience

Setting up the first 50+ Forum at Leyhill Prison, a personal view of ACOOP and prison based forums
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  • Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme “really provides a focus for the men, some of whom have spent a very long tim… https://t.co/5r9ZKJ9D0n10:05am, Mar 18, 2019
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Wednesday, May 22nd 2019
RECOOP has been successful in its application to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to fund some new development work to help even more older service-users across the country. RECOOP has received funding over three years to develop a suite of commercial ser...
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