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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.


 

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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Latest Tweets follow us!
  • Lobster Pot: “an excellent resource providing a creative range of activities, support & assessment of need” HMIP https://t.co/NOfH8Fr1Hx10:25am, Feb 23, 2017
  • Excited to be working with @BrookdaleAging and @OsborneNY supporting communities to better integrate re-entering older adults in New York9:23am, Jan 23, 2017
  • RECOOP invited to work with detainees at IRC The Verne providing mental and physical activities for older population https://t.co/ia6RNij8il11:11am, Dec 05, 2016
  • “Looking at things through a different set of eyes” Gov HMP Ford on RECOOP’s ‘Achieving Better Outcomes’ training https://t.co/xZT1CA6Nta11:04am, Nov 29, 2016
  • Delighted to have had @RNIB in the Lobster Pot talking about sight loss & services available from Action for Blind People. Come back soon!8:50am, Nov 18, 2016
  • Artwork created by RECOOP Buddy Support Worker selected for @KoestlerTrust @southbankcentre exhibition https://t.co/VDmjgA8dZR10:59am, Nov 17, 2016
  • 100% success rate for participants in HMP Send on Healthy Eating & Living in Prison programme developed by RECOOP https://t.co/LZsEbWJ5V79:30am, Oct 25, 2016
  • Looking forward to attending @LangleyHseTrust @kainoscommunity Annual Review Launch & working alongside you in the Criminal Justice System11:01am, Oct 11, 2016
  • RECOOP's Devon Buddy Scheme included as example of good practice in recent "Seeing prisoners as Assets" resource published by ADASS11:51am, Sep 28, 2016
  • RECOOP and the Buddy Support Scheme is highlighted as an example of excellence in IMB yearly report https://t.co/Ms7QrwU1FU12:32pm, Aug 16, 2016
Thursday, February 23rd 2017
The HMIP report on their unannounced inspection of HMP Leyhill in September 2016, has recently been published.  RECOOP has run a Day Centre there (The Lobster Pot) for the past nine years and the increase in footfall not only reflects the increase in ...
RECOOP projects win Platinum Award 2014 & 2015