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Volunteer

Volunteering for RECOOP provides challenging opportunities, valuable experience and offers specialist training and support. If you think you may be interested in such an opportunity, please contact the RECOOP Chief Officer.

Read on to find out what some of our volunteers think about their experience with RECOOP.
 

Interview with Volunteer Orderly at HMP Eastwood Park - March 2016

Clare, a young volunteer orderly, talks to Alma Hageman, RECOOP Project Worker at HMP Eastwood Park, about her time with The Rubies (Group for the over 50s).
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Strength, Forgetfulness and a Thousand Memories

Poem written by Claire, a volunteer with the Rubies, an over 50's group run by RECOOP at HMP Eastwood Park
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Interview with RECOOP volunteer - Karen Bond

The next in a series of interviews with a volunteer who gives her time to RECOOP, Nick Le Mesurier speaks to Karen Bond who volunteers at HMP Dartmoor.
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Interview with RECOOP volunteer - Ben Huntley

In the next of a series of interviews with some of the wonderful RECOOP volunteers, Nick Le Mesurier speaks to Ben Huntley, who volunteers with older prisoners in HMP Guy's Marsh.
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Case Study of a RECOOP volunteer - Karen Bond

A mature student studying Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies at Plymouth University gives an account of volunteering with RECOOP worker Liz Ropschitz in HMP Dartmoor.
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Interview with RECOOP volunteer, Barrie Duke

In the first of a series of interviews with people who volunteer their time for RECOOP, Nick Le Mesurier speaks to Barrie Duke, CEO of AgeUK Okehampton and Torridge.
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Interview with RECOOP volunteer - Mavis Davis.

The second in a series of interviews with our wonderful volunteers.
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Interview with RECOOP volunteer - Becky Huggins

Next in a series of interviews with our wonderful volunteers.
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My volunteering story

I volunteered for RECOOP leading up to and during my final year of uni. I chose to write my dissertation on how free the prisoner could be; I tried to make it as practical as it was philosophical. Having the opportunity to volunteer in HMP Channings...
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Victim Support Employee and Criminology Graduate, Placement Student with ACOOP October '08 - May '10

During the final year of my Criminology degree at the University of the West of England I was given the opportunity to complete a placement module through the Reducing Reoffending Partnership South West and was linked up with the Age Concern Older...
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Book Club

I had just moved to Exeter and was semi- retired.  Exeter is a new city to me and I was looking for something different to do to fill in time.  Volunteering felt like it would provide a stimulus but I wasn’t interested in helping out...
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Volunteering for RECOOP

I first got involved RECOOP as a volunteer a couple of years ago when I saw a requirement within the local Teignbridge Volunteers web site for the Older Offenders Project at Channings Wood Prison. I had lived close by and often wondered when driving...
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Newsletter

I was present at the first meeting in HMP Exeter when RECOOPs Liz Ropschitz came in with Dick Stokes of Age UK to meet with the prisoners aged over 50 and to encourage them to start an over 50’s group under the RECOOP umbrella. A group...
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Health and Social Care Student at Plymouth University

About me I am 22 years of age and I am in my third year at University, I am a mum and I work as a healthcare assistant through a nursing company.  I have been volunteering at a Prison for almost a year and I thoroughly enjoy it.  I am...
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Volunteering for RECOOP

When I saw a request in my local parish magazine for volunteers to work with older offenders, I almost turned the page without a second thought.  But a list suggesting possible interests volunteers might bring with them caught my...
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  • @recoop UK wins back contract to deliver Day Centre services at HMP Eastwood Park https://t.co/83AypyV22h10:37am, Jul 19, 2018
  • Innovative solution to help AP residents get to appointments/ interviews/work with the help of local Police Lost Pr… https://t.co/ItPzC987UQ9:31am, Jul 12, 2018
  • RECOOP delighted to be working with @SSAFA, recent recipient of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, on Armed Fo… https://t.co/46Sq1IONbZ9:35am, Jun 19, 2018
  • RECOOP's Transition 50+ Resettlement: "A course to be remembered with a real sense of pride and accomplishment" https://t.co/Gu13nwQKEz10:15am, May 15, 2018
  • Service-user highlights benefits of RECOOP Day Centre where they "gain valuable mental stimulation helping to sharp… https://t.co/hx6CLoSsmu10:31am, May 10, 2018
  • Delighted that RECOOP services and good practice feature a number of times in HMPPS’s recently published “Model for… https://t.co/6hyYTrXgd310:25am, May 03, 2018
  • Feedback from Transition 50+ Resettlement Course "has opened up many pathways to be explored" and "covers all aspec… https://t.co/FgIHwpThea11:40am, Apr 25, 2018
  • @RECOOP_UK / @BCHAnews working together to improve social inclusion https://t.co/kP3zXtXwPB10:23am, Apr 18, 2018
  • Impact of Buddy Support training "Understanding it’s all about encouragement and giving independence back” https://t.co/yCTZIFVpTX9:36am, Apr 06, 2018
  • In-cell Activity Packs "keeping prisoners gainfully occupied" https://t.co/XHCGD3HWLj4:18pm, Mar 12, 2018
Thursday, July 19th 2018
RECOOP is pleased to announce that it has won back the contract to deliver the ‘Rubies and Blue belle’ services at HMP Eastwood Park. Paul Grainge Chief Officer adds ’We are thrilled to be able to continue supporting the older female popu...
RECOOP projects win Platinum Award 2014 & 2015