At a glance


  • Campaigning
  • Criminal justice
  • Financial inclusion
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Social care
  • Training / employment support
  • Women

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National - Britain


RECOOP aspires to be the leader in the delivery of knowledge and expertise to older people who come in contact with the criminal justice system, supporters and the staff who work with them. We will use the views of the people we work with to influence and direct the services that should be delivered.

RECOOP strategic objectives are:

  • To maintain a strong presence in prisons, working with the growing older population and supporting the stakeholders responsible for their management.
  • To continue to develop and deliver services for older offenders including community accommodation support and training.   
  • To influence policies regarding older offenders including those of the Ministry of Justice (especially HMPPS), as well as those of other statutory and regulatory bodies.
  • Develop a suite of commercial products increasing the range of income sources, to meet new emerging themes and agendas.


RECOOP’s specialist services offer advice and support to:

  • Prisoners
  • Ex-offenders
  • Families
  • Carers
  • Supporters
  • Managers and staff in the criminal justice system
  • Voluntary and statutory bodies and agencies

RECOOP in prisons:

  • Consultancy and training for prison managers and staff
  • Provides bespoke direct services for older prisoners including HMPPS CFO3 sub contract delivery (jointly with BCHA)
  • Provides information and advice, low level social care and advocacy to older prisoners
  • Promotes older prisoner health and well-being, including Buddy Support and ‘Transition’ Training Program
  • Improves prison and support staff awareness
  • Offer specialist interventions and support to key groups especially female offenders.
  • Facilitates the development of Older Prisoner Forums, ‘Champion’ and older advocate roles

RECOOP through the gate:

  • Develop coordinated resettlement training support sometimes with partner organisations  
  • Collaborate with key statutory and voluntary partners to support the rehabilitation of older offenders
  • Support and advise older people on release from prison to improve opportunities for resettlement and rehabilitation
  • Develop and provide older offenders with opportunities for volunteering, training and employment

RECOOP and policy:

  • Raise awareness of the needs of older prisoners at regional and national level
  • Influence how others deliver provision and intervention to older offenders
  • Work towards better understanding of the needs of older offenders’ families, carers and supporters, and contribute to better support systems
  • Develop partnerships between third sector, private and statutory organisations to deliver work with older offenders.


RECOOP Commercial Services

  • Develop ‘Older’ training program for Criminal Justice practitioners both in and out of custody
  • Generate annual income set through the selling of training and consultancy services
  • Broaden the marketing and promotion of the new commercial services more widely using the new HMPPS Model Operational Delivery (MOD) to engage with key strategic leads
  • Develop Buddy Support Worker model and ‘Transition’ training package into new national commercial service offers
  • Promote the organisation and develop a customer relationship management network and database.    

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