Purposeful activities are a vital way of giving older prisoners who may be retired or have health needs that make it difficult to access the normal regime, key skills that help them during their time in custody and into resettlement.
The way older people think about quality of life and mental and emotional health is not that different to the way younger people think. Most people need to feel useful, connected and able to contribute. Whatever this means to an individual it is important to health and wellbeing.
In prison there are often insufficient activities for older prisoners and the pressures on prison staff can easily mean that there is little motivation to engage the older population in meaningful activity because they don’t shout the loudest.
Introducing new and purposeful activity can provide a sense of achievement, identity and contribution for both older prisoners and the prison staff working with this group of people.
The Justice Select Committee Inquiry into the treatment of older prisoners (2013) recommended that prisons should provide age-specific regimes to meet the needs of the older population.
As part of it’s Consultancy Service, RECOOP can work with prisons to develop and provide bespoke Direct Services for older prisoners.
Examples of some of our current Direct Services:
“Lobster Pot” Model
- Day Care Centre, delivered by RECOOP Staff.
- Open 5 days a week to the older population.
- Primary function to facilitate resettlement of older prisoners.
- Focussing on the pathways: addressing attitudes, thinking and behaviour, accommodation, drugs and alcohol, children and families, health, education, training and employment and finance, benefit and debt.
- The team were instrumental in developing the End of Life Care provision.
- Age Specific Personal Plans & Support delivered in conjunction with Personal Officers.
- Staff of 3.
- Future work will involve reviewing ROTL and Community placements for older prisoners.
The project identified the three following outcomes for the older prisoners:
- Improved confidence, skills and personal resources to reintegrate successfully into society.
- Increased personal responsibility for life choices and use life experiences to improve peer support.
- Better prepared for end-of-life; peers are better supported when such events take place.
- Covers 3 prisons in the SW region
- Service is flexible to meets the needs of all 3 prisons, 2 Cat C, 1 x Local:
- Mental Health & Wellbeing Clinic
- Older Prisoner Structured Forums
- Resettlement Fayres
- Age Specific Guest Speakers
- Buddy Training
- Development of Health & Social Care Older Wing
- Resettlement Advisor Role Prisoner Training (Get Ready to Go)
- Older Specific Workshops (Red Cross Wheelchair Repair Service, Tool Shed Project (repairs)
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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