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RECOOP is a charity which works to promote the care, resettlement and rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders, in particular those over the age of 50, throughout the UK. RECOOP joined the BCHA Family in 2011, when we pledged to work together to offer increased care and support to help even more people take control of their own lives and remain free from offending, preventing them from becoming socially excluded.
Older people often do not access services in prison, and consequently leave prison with little support in the key areas of resettlement. RECOOP address this problem by offering support which includes mentoring on issues such as employment and training, and advice on housing and health.
RECOOP also works hard to raise awareness of the needs of older offenders and advise and support staff who work in the criminal justice system with these people.
RECOOP currently provide a range of services in nine prisons throughout the UK and community services in Plymouth.
NOMS Co-Financing Organisation Round 3 (CFO3) contract
In 2015 the BCHA Group was 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 BCHA and RECOOP will be supporting 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. We now have services running in HMP Dartmoor, HMP Leyhill, HMP Guys Marsh, HMP Portland and in both Bournemouth and Plymouth community settings.
One of the core objectives of CFO3 is to improve social inclusion. Many of the participants we are 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 are providing workshops and targeted case management support for individuals in custody and community settings. Participants are being offered accredited personal development and vocational courses especially to those under 24 years and those over 50 years of age.