Our primary objective is to use real experiences from ex-offenders, victims of crime, and those recovering from the impact of drugs to provide children and young people with an informed choice on the real consequences of their actions, and give them the support they need to steer clear.
Our secondary aim is to support the ex-offenders that work with us through rehabilitation, reintegration into their communities, and to give them the training to attain meaningful employment.
We are an established and reputable organisation that has been working for the benefit of CYP and ex-offenders for 7 years (previously as CELLS Charity) and have delivered awareness sessions to nearly 18,000 children and young people resulting in positively changing or improving the attitudes of 98% of participants.
We achieve our aims through our two main projects. Firstly, our CELLS Prison on Wheels experience utilises real equipment from prisons and real experiences from ex-prisoners to deliver powerful, educational presentations to children and young people throughout Merseyside in youth centres and community centres, as well as Primary, Secondary, PRU, and SEN schools.
Secondly, we support the training and education of our volunteers with actionable personal development plans. We guide our volunteers towards work experience, accredited qualifications, and working with each other to gain valuable, employable skills. From this intervention we advance our beneficiaries onto positive diversionary outlets including, sports & leisure, creative development, training and vocational career progression, enabling them to fulfil their own personal potential and in turn benefiting their friends, families and communities.
We support both of our objectives with mentoring programs which pair children and young people struggling in school and on the periphery of crime with our trained youth mentors whose experience of prison life allows them engage with them as no one else can. We have been receiving phenomenal feedback on the success of this project and wish to expand it.