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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:

  • Prisoners
  • Ex-offenders
  • Families
  • Carers
  • Supporters
  • 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 and advises older people on release from prison to improve opportunities for resettlement and rehabilitation;
  • Supports older people with non-custodial sentences;
  • Aims to develop and provide opportunities for volunteering, training and employment.
 
NOMS Co-Financing Organisation Round 3 (CFO3) contract
 
RECOOP (a subsidiary within the BCHA Group) has been successful in securing a sub contracting piece of work with Shaw Trust to deliver services within the NOMS Co-Financing Organisation Round 3 (CFO3) contract. The contract is funded by the European Social Fund. Together RECOOP and BCHA plan to support over 500 offenders during the life of the 5 ¾ year contract across a number of prisons and community area within the South West region.

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.

 

NOMS Research Project

In July 2015 we were successful in our application to NOMS 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 NOMS 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 is 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 will run for one year and provide us with the opportunity to build on our existing experience, conduct further research and enable us to assist NOMS with future regime design that is better equipped to meet the needs of older people.

Latest Tweets follow us!
  • “All on the course felt empowered – even me!”– pilot ‘Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme’ is a resounding success https://t.co/DEOr2vggqt10:42am, Aug 18, 2017
  • Ryan Harman, @PRTuk and RECOOP Trustee talks about Social Care in Prison https://t.co/KLAiMLptSx9:16am, Aug 07, 2017
  • “Provision for older prisoners by The Lobster Pot was outstanding” - HMP Leyhill IMB Report https://t.co/vwPUitwCnC10:45am, Aug 01, 2017
  • A personal story from an older prisoner so relevant to the challenges of our service-users https://t.co/cbfuqhHuEf9:37am, Jul 19, 2017
  • RECOOP & SSAFA working together to give ex-servicemen and women a stronger chance of successful rehabilitation https://t.co/5j7p0kTTSm11:06am, Jul 12, 2017
  • Prisons & Probation Ombudsman highlights the urgent need to address rise in number of older prisoners https://t.co/fGqlvz4jEc2:26pm, Jun 29, 2017
  • The Guardian highlights the ever-increasing challenges faced by older prisoners https://t.co/5khr4xNfBy12:59pm, Jun 26, 2017
  • Good Practice Guides now available for Prisons and APs. Contact info@recoop.org.uk to get a copy.10:20am, Jun 23, 2017
  • @PrisonersAdvice gains valuable feedback from visits to RECOOP projects within prisons https://t.co/Z9FDQYrjXa11:31am, Jun 20, 2017
  • HMP Eastwood Park HMIP Report states: "The provision for older women at EWP is very good” https://t.co/1G3SM5Y12I10:52am, Jun 09, 2017
Friday, August 18th 2017
The first pilot of our “Transition 50+ Resettlement Programme” has now been delivered in HMP Lewes with resounding success.  All participants were over 60 years old and all reported that their knowledge and confidence levels of each module...
RECOOP projects win Platinum Award 2014 & 2015