CELLS primary objective is to educate children and young people on the consequences of crime. Enabling them an informed choice encourages them to understand personal responsibility and embrace positive diversionary alternatives, including recreational and vocational activity. Through awareness, those who recognize they have issues have the opportunity of further support. This support can include working on any problems and improving self-esteem and well-being. .
We offer regulated curative work for people who have been affected by crime, to develop themselves and others. These beneficiaries are mostly victims, and reformed offenders join forces to form the CELLS team, working together, and offering inclusion and purpose through our itsup2u initiative. They combine, improving mental health and developing skills and work experience, in turn reducing re-offending in their communities.
What We Do
— We Help
— We Build Networks
CELLS is a truly beneficiary led organisation. We are about opening doors and improving opportunities for people to lead positive lifestyles.
We have a healthy partnership base which enhances opportunity and possibilities for our beneficiaries. Victims and reformed offenders tell us they find it liberating working together to benefit young people, likewise, the young people reciprocate support to the team.
— We Strengthen
In 2019 we provided 4050 Mentoring sessions to 172 children and young people(CYP).98% of whom self-reported improved confidence, self-esteem and well-being.
We held 138 Awareness / Intervention and Outreach sessions and facilitated 22 Family Drop-in sessions. Awareness sessions evaluated 21,705 CYP, with 21,635 CYP self-reporting positive attitude change towards crime and involvement in crime. 17 CYP were referred for knife possession, after CELLS intervention, they told us they would not carry a knife again.
Anna - 13 year old student
“The workshop taught me a lot everyone was fantastic, thank you I really enjoyed today.”
John - Ex-offender
“CELLS changed my life when I thought all was lost.”
Scott - 12 year old student
“The programme has improved my attitude because I now fully understand the punishments and consequences of crime.”
Tom - 14 year old student
“Today has changed the person I want to be, I never realised that this could change me so much on how I look at choices.”
S Sullivan Head of RE A. Beck
“CELLS Project has taught our pupils more in one day than I have in my entire teaching career. Many, many thanks. God bless and continue your fantastic work.”
Luke - 14 year old student
“They’ve told some interesting and shocking stories that persuade you to stay out of crime. Joint Enterprise WOW I didnt know that”