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 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.
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.
- First successful exchange visits between @recoop, @BrookdaleAging & @OsborneNY offering invaluable insight into differing CJ systems9:08am, May 03, 2017
- 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