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Health, Inclusion and Citizenship: Pan-Regional Prisons Programme

This pan-regional programme provides an 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 Big Lottery-funded Target: Wellbeing North West Regional Portfolio, the programme aims to deliver a range of integrated strategic initiatives that will reduce inequalities, have a positive impact on the drive to reduce re-offending 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.

The programme comprises three projects:

Project 1 – Greener on the Outside (Prisons): GOOP This project will provide opportunities for offenders to participate in environmental projects through locally determined, needs-led activities that will impact positively on the three priority outcomes of the Big Lottery Well-Being Programme. Drawing on the British Trust for Conservation of Nature (BTCV)’s Green Gym delivery model, the project will provide a range of diversionary activities, resulting in increased levels of physical activity, improved mental well-being and increased awareness of and understanding of environmental issues and of the food growing process – as well as enhancing skills development and employability. Reflecting the needs of different types of institution and categories of prisoner, the range of types of activity is likely to include:

  • community-based environmental ‘outworking’ (e.g. building boardwalks; clearing scrub to improve access to the countryside; fence building and bench construction; community food-growing; grounds maintenance and landscaping)
  • ‘in-prison’ horticultural work and food growing linked to educational cookery classes and resources developed as part of Project 2.

Project 2 – Offender-Focused Resource Material This project will aim to reduce inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of offenders through improving their health literacy. Using skilled arts and health development workers, it will involve the participatory and creative adaptation, development, piloting and dissemination of health and wellbeing resources appropriate to and targeted at the offender population. It will:

  • import and adapt existing (and where necessary develop new) resources/toolkits focused on healthier eating, physical activity and mental wellbeing in order to improve the health literacy of offenders
  • actively involve offenders and staff in the creative development and adaptation of resources
  • provide training for different stakeholders on the use of the resources within a number of different types of intervention programmes, support for piloting in different contexts and wider dissemination.

Project 3 – Inside Out: Family and Community Health Literacy Project This project will provide a range of health and well-being focused resources and activities for offenders’ families and dependents – thereby achieving a coherent, ‘whole-system’ approach to health improvement within the offender community and further developing the evidence base for health-led parenting and support for vulnerable and excluded families. Recognising that social and family links are at the heart of offender management, the project will work to build social and family relationships through robust local partnerships with prison visitor centres, local faith communities and the local community and voluntary sector – and will comprise two main strands working across the three Target: Wellbeing priority areas:

  • the development and provision of structured and engaging activities that enable offenders’ families and dependents to understand the benefits of adopting healthier lifestyles and facilitate attitude and behaviour change
  • the participatory development of health and wellbeing resources that reflect national standards and guidance and specifically target vulnerable families of people who offend.

Project Lead

  • Dr Mark Dooris

Project Staff

  • Michelle Baybutt
  • Sandra Brookes

Collaborators

HM Prison Service Groundwork UK Lancashire County Council Forestry Commission British Trust for Conservation Volunteers Your Prescap

Funding Organisation

Big Lottery via Groundwork, £450,000

Public Outputs

  • Prisons Evaluation Final Report (.pdf 499KB)
  • Greener on the Outside: Prisons Brochure: Haverigg Pilot – Evaluation Summary (.pdf 1.2MB)
  • Greener on the Outside: Prisons Brochure: HMP/YOI Styal (.pdf 1.8MB)
  • TWB Newsletter Summer 2012 (.pdf 4MB)

Timeline

2008-12

Presentations

  • Keynote: Nature and Health - Rachel Bragg
  • Engagement, Commitment, Wellbeing and Sustainability - Mark Dooris
  • HMP Buckley Hall Growing Out Of Trouble
  • HMP Kirkham Community Projects
  • HMP Risley & HMP YOI Thorn Cross First Night Project Next Steps and Target Wellbeing Portfolio Reflections - Maggie Moody
  • Prisoner Resettlement and Blue Sky - Venetia Knight Health, Inclusion & Citizenship: Digging Deeper - Michelle Baybutt
  • Presentation - BTCV Green Gyms
  • Presentation - Maggie Moody
  • Presentation - Mark Dooris
  • Presentation - Mick Phillips
  • Presentation - Paul Cooper