what we do
"I find this intervention absolutely invaluable and a great support to both staff and prisoners".
(Quote from Staff member in one of the prisons in which we work.)
RECOOP offers advice and support to:
- Staff in the criminal justice system
- Voluntary and statutory bodies and agencies
We also aim to contribute to national policy and practice regarding older offenders through learning, research and publications
RECOOP in prisons:
- Provides direct services for older prisoners;
- Provides information and advice, low level social care and advocacy to older prisoners;
- Promotes older prisoner health and well being;
- Improves prison and support staff awareness;
- Facilitates the development of Older Prisoner Forums.
RECOOP in the community:
- Raises awareness of the needs of older prisoners at regional and national level;
- Collaborates with key statutory and voluntary partners to support the rehabilitation of older offenders;
- Works towards better understanding of the needs of older offenders’ families, carers and supporters, and contributes to better support systems;
- Supports older people with non-custodial sentences;
- Aims to develop and provide opportunities for volunteering, training and employment.
RECOOP is funded via the HM Prison & Probation Service Co-financing Organisation (HMPPS CFO) until August 2023. HMPPS CFO is a £196m European Social Fund resettlement programme which delivers projects aimed at improving employability, which are seen as key to changing lives and reducing reoffending. We deliver it in the South West on behalf of Shaw Trust.
One of the core objectives of CFO3 is to improve social inclusion. Many of the participants we will be working with have experienced multiple difficulties accessing education and training - excluding them from finding better opportunities after release. With support and collaboration from our partners within the Shaw Trust delivery framework, we will be providing workshops and targeted support for individuals in custody and within a number of community settings.
To support every offender on the programme, a case manager will work with each individual to guide them and provide advice and support. Participants will also be offered accredited personal development and vocational courses. We will be also be offering specific services to participants under 24 years of age and those over 50 years of age.
To learn more about the work of HMPPS CFO, please visit https://www.co-financing.org/
HMPPS Research Project
In July 2015 we were successful in our application to HMPPS for Grant Funding to assess the need and ability of prisons and approved premises to adapt their regimes to meet the needs of older offenders.
Despite the growing older population and HMPPS commissioning intentions, budget cuts have meant that neither prisons nor NPS have had the ability, or capacity, to invest in services and provision which meet the needs of older people. This lack of targeted support can result in an older cohort who experience deteriorating mental and physical health, social isolation and feelings of hopelessness about the future. These presenting factors increase the challenge for successful resettlement and community integration.
Our aim was to test a series of adaptations in prisons of varying categories and a range of approved premises, providing a number of portable model options which can be replicated across the prison and approved premises estate.
The project ran for one year and provided us with the opportunity to build on our existing experience, conduct further research and enable us to assist HMPPS with future regime design that is better equipped to meet the needs of older people.
Good Practice Guides for both Prisons and Approved Premises were produced and copies are available on request. Please email: email@example.com
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