Greener on the Outside for Prisons
This pan-regional programme will provide a coherent, holistic and joined-up approach to improving the health and wellbeing of offenders, their families, H.M.
Prison Service staff and local communities within the North West of England. Forming part of the Target Wellbeing Portfolio, managed by Groundwork UK and funded by Big Lottery’s Wellbeing2 Programme will deliver a range of integrated strategic environmental initiatives that will improve wellbeing and quality of life, reduce health inequalities and have a positive impact on the drive to reduce re-offending.
It is intended to build capacity, add value to existing provision and develop new capacity where it does not exist.
It is being evaluated to ensure the generation and transfer of knowledge of ‘what works’ in key areas of health and justice notably, offender rehabilitation, resettlement and well-being.
The aim of the programme is to:
- Reduce inequalities and achieve sustainable improvements in health, wellbeing and learning outcomes for offenders and their families, with a particular focus on mental health, physical activity and healthier eating.
In order to meet these aims, the programme will work towards the following objectives:
- Provide opportunities to increase physical activity levels through practical activities
- Increase knowledge and understanding of food and the food growing process
- Increase measures to build competence and encourage learning, training and employment
- Build capacity to increase health literacy
- Address the poor lifetime employability prospects of those with few qualifications and skills
- Build social and interpersonal skills and competence to maintain family relationships
- Promote models of good citizenship for all participants for their future roles in society
- Develop collective, collaborative and sustainable approaches to delivery.
The programme is working with most of the North West prisons and developing partnerships with Probation particularly the ACHIEVE project and Approved Premises. This enables the programme to be developed in an integrated way and to explore the value of explicitly working across the whole offender system. Thus, the programme seeks to work across the whole ‘offender pathway’ – taking a ‘whole system approach’ and working not only with prisoners, but also with staff, families, ex-offenders and wider communities (including those at risk of offending).
Reflecting guidance from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), this approach acknowledges that prisoners’ health cannot be addressed in isolation from the health of the general population since there is a constant interchange between prison and the broader community.
Dr Michelle Baybutt
- Public Sector Prisons North West
- Forestry Commission
- Lancashire County Council
- Trust for Conservation Volunteers
- Manchester City College
- Groundwork UK
2013 - [ongoing]
- Big Lottery Wellbeing 2 Programme
- Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service
- Newsletter Spring 2019
- Newsletter Summer/Autumn 2018
- Newsletter Winter 2017
- Newsletter Spring 2017
- Newsletter Summer/Autumn 2016
- Newsletter Spring/Summer 2015
- Target Wellbeing Impact Report 2015
- Newsletter Spring 2013
- Newsletter Summer 2012
- Newsletter Winter 2009-10
- Haverigg Flyer
- GOOP Impact Report
- GOOP Best Practice Guide
GOOP Network meeting - 23 February 2017
- Flo Seymour - Horticulture, hypermasculinity and mental wellbeing the connections in a male prison context
- Phil Thomas - Community Partnerships for Biodiversity on the Justice Estate
GOOP Network meeting - 29 September 2016
- It's ok to talk Outside Time GOOP September 2016
GOOP Network launch meeting - 3 July 2013
- GOOP July 2013 Blue Sky
- GOOP July 2013 EU Programme
- GOOP July 2013 Mark Dooris
- GOOP July 2013 Michelle Baybutt
- GOOP July 2013 Transforming Rehabilitation
- Offenders and Nature Policy Into Practice
- Styal Prison Garden Leaflet
- Natural health service - wildlife volunteers get mental health boost
- Wellbeing impacts of volunteering with the Wildlife Trusts
- Baybutt, M. (2019) Nature-based health promotion: a valuable tool in prison partnerships. European Journal of Public Health, 29 (S4).
- Devine-Wright, H., Baybutt, M. and Meek, R. (2019) Producing food in English and Welsh prisons. Appetite, 143 (104433).
- Farrier, A., Baybutt, M. and Dooris, M. (2019) Mental Health and Wellbeing Benefits from a Prisons Horticultural Programme. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 15 (1). pp. 91-104.
- Baybutt, M., Dooris, M. and Farrier, A. (2018) Growing Health in UK Prison Settings. Health Promotion International, 34 (4). pp. 792-802.
- Baybutt, M. and Chemlal, K. (2016) Health Promoting Prisons: Theory to Practice. Global Health Promotion, 23 (1). pp. 66-74.