ALL ABOUT OUR ORGANISATION
CELLS is a multi-award winning, unique and reputable organisation that is highly
revered locally/nationally. We collaborate with others and our Youth Partners
cross refer with CELLS for us to provide bespoke intervention to CYP.
Encompassing realistic crime prevention and mentoring support, that reduces
offending and alleviates government spending.
— Itsup2u Initiative
CELLS deliver proven and effective interventions that address initial and re-offending behaviors via preventative awareness, diversionary programs and follow on support, including onward progression through the itsup2u initiative.
CELLS have worked with vulnerable CYP for 10 years, successfully challenging and changing attitudes and lifestyles of over 150,000 CYP of all age groups, backgrounds and behavioural levels. We primarily focus on age 10-17, offering educational prevention and multi-model intervention through awareness and support for those who are criminally active or peripheral/high-risk.
CELLS believe every child deserves to understand the consequences of their actions, however, much of our work is with disadvantaged and excluded CYP often with complex needs who are deemed hardest to engage and are often peripheral or active offenders. Many come from injurious homes and lacking positive role-models, leaving them extremely susceptible to crime, gangs and exploitation.
CYP enter CELLS feeling crime is a viable career option, CELLS veer them away from crime, boredom and deprivation. We use evidenced based techniques that help reduce the impact crime/ASB has and promote positive change for young people, their families and communities.
We deliver projects in collaboration with Schools (all-types), Families, Police, Local Authorities, YOT, Social Services, Safer Stronger Communities, Local-Integration Teams and Family Intervention Programmes. Our overall aim is to provide early intervention to steer CYP away from involvement with crime.
We work with schools and local authorities on preventing exclusion for children with complex issues that affects their ability to engage educationally/socially, and with pupil referral units’ (PRU’s) on aiding children return to mainstream.
We work locally with family and CYP intervention & early help groups; Community Adolescence Services (CAS), Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH) and Local Integration Team (LIT North) as part of Early Help-Assessment Tool (EHAT) framework, supporting marginalised CYP from at risk families.
— Our Support
We are supported locally/regionally by the Merseyside Police Crime Commissioner and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, who acknowledge our work addresses their priorities and prevent and protect strategies (respectively).
Also addressing local/national initiatives:
- KMBC Community Safety Plan 2015-16.
- Knowsley JSNA 2016.
- Gang Violence Exploitation & Drug Supply report NCA 2016.
- Transforming Rehabilitation, MOJ-2016.
- Home Office Ending Gang Violence & Exploitation programme (Jan-16).
- Home Office Serious Violence Strategy (Apr-18).
Meet the Team
Our expertise and leadership skills include our Project Manager, who founded CELLS in 2009 (Choices-Education-Lifelong-Learning-Skills-Charity), his background is 30+ years in logistical operations, BSI Quality standards auditing and business development, with 10-years extensive work with CYP managing CELLS. The Project Manager is responsible for daily operational and financial management.
CELLS governing board consists of 3 non-related directors who are professional people. The chair has 24-years’ experience of management in the third-sector and a Business-Studies Degree. Another is a third-year University social care student, with vast experience of working with challenging CYP. The remaining director is a manager in the construction industry and utilises his connections and expertise to secure placements, work-experience, training and employment for our beneficiaries.
— Our Strengths and Resources
Our strengths are innovative props and resources; however, our main asset is our CELLS team which consists of people who have been affected by crime, this includes reformed ex-offenders and also victims of crime and abuse. We help them turn their lives around, training them to deliver important messages to CYP, using their negative experiences to provide much needed informed choice on crime and ASB, and inspire positive futures.
Directors have extensive knowledge of local youth/crime strategies, referral protocols and data-management procedures. All directors have a passion for CELLS objectives and our beneficiaries because they have been affected by crime and are representative of our beneficiary groups.
CYP engaged by CELLS-Team tell us it is REAL people from similar backgrounds portraying the REAL implications that they relate to, trust and engage with. We value our team, so we have an obligation to help them too, empowering them with skills and experience to continue their social restitution and redevelopment.
Mantra: “Be the person you are meant to be, for you. Dont be the muppet others want you to be for them”
My name is Lee.
I am a Mentor and Youth Worker who wants to help young people get to where they want to be. I have had personal experiences with Childhood trauma and want to use my experience to show young people you can have a positive future regardless of how tough the past was. I am a qualified youth worker also studying for a degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy to further advance my skills to help young people.
Mantra: Your past doesnt have to define your future.
Craig is a qualified youth worker from Manchester who is studying for a degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a keen footballer and coach with a warm sense of humour. A family man who not only lives for his kids, he cares for CELLS kids too.
Mantra : I made bad choices when I was younger, my aim is to help you make the right ones
Hi my name is Tisha.
I am a victim of crime and having experienced what I have gone through and came out the other side has made me want to encourage young people on how to avoid crime by making the right choices that will lead them to good consequences, and avoid them going down the pathway to crime. I enjoy working for Cells as this enables me to share my true experiences with young people, and to offer support and listen to there needs. My hobbies are reading true story’s, watching true movies and gardening.
My mantra is :
Through every dark cloud
There’s a brighter day ahead so……
Hi, I’m Stevie.
When I was younger, I volunteered for a youth and community centre where I worked with people who were at risk of criminality or had already encountered the justice system. Many of these young people told me they felt like failures and thought that because of their past, no-one would give them a second chance. They often gave up trying with school, education and training and stated ‘there was just no point’.
I wanted to know more about why they had these beliefs and whether the criminal justice system and the way it was run was partly to blame. I graduated from LJMU with a BA Criminal Justice Degree in July 2018 and found out about CELLS and the work they do for children and young people through a friend in uni. I started working with CELLS in October 2018 and have not looked back since.
Working for CELLS can be challenging yet extremely rewarding. I enjoy building positive relationships with children and young people and helping them achieve their goals. I admire the CELLS teams’ ability to inform young people about the consequences of crime through their own lived experience. They really are what makes CELLS so unique in what we do!
Mantra: Never give up on what you really want in life. You can achieve anything if you put your mind, body and soul into it. Only YOU can decide your future.
Mantra: Be the change you want to see in the world.
Hi, I’m Kerry.
After qualifying as a mentor I got a job with CELLS, it just doesn’t feel like a job, it feels like an achievement every time you happily exit a pupil knowing that your help and your words have made an impact on that child and their families. I have had numerous parents contact me and personally thank me for ‘being there’ for their child, and as a parent myself, knowing that they feel i am there for them during any difficult times is rewarding enough for me.
Mantra: Just listening can mean so much to someone.
My mantra is: Never give up theres always a light at the end of the tunnel, and there is always someone out there to speak to don’t bottle it all up, because where there’s a storm there’s a rainbow.Be grateful of whats around you today and as it could be gone tomorrow.
My name is Gemma and I m a mentor and professional singer with a hope to train as an alcohol and substance misuse counsellor or support worker. Following years of battling with depression and anxiety I then suffered with a ten year addiction problem.
Through my rehabilitation, I now support those affected by alcoholism and addiction, whether it be children who are the victims but also the struggling addicts, who I share my story with and give hope of way out.
From my experience I hope to continue to support those families torn apart through addiction and mental health issues. I wish to continue this through speaking to young people in schools, by educating them on the affects of alcohol and drug abuse. Encouraging them to hopefully make better life choices for themselves. And continuing support those families also affected. My Mantra:
Hi my name is Mike
I made bad decisions and left a good job and pay to go graft and get loads of jail. I don’t want you to go through what my family or I have been through. If you are at it its never too late to turn things round, whilst in jail I studied and qualified as a counsellor. Since release I have further trained and worked with young people and vulnerable adults and even though my new career wont see me getting rich, I feel I can now sleep at night, knowing that what I have wont be taken off me.
My Mantra: Keep on going, and if you have to change ath you will get to your destination eventually.
Hi my name is Terry
I was on Evertons books as a youngster but chose drugs with my mates. Years later I’ve been shot, stabbed, kidnapped, tortured, done loads of jail, lost an eye and nearly all my friends to drugs, murder, suicide and jail. Only in recent years have I realised how I should have listened at school and reached my potential rather than make stupid choices with stupid mates.
My Mantra ; Listen to me and the team, because if I knew at your age what I know now I would be living the dream.