Ex-Cell Solutions seeks to develop "Welfare
to cooperative Work" services with long term workless
people who would otherwise be faced on their own with
the insecurity of an increasingly casualised labour
market. For ex-prisoners this means the opportunity
to work together to get themselves out of crime and
This follows in the traditions of the founders of the
modern cooperative movement:-
Robert Owen's New Lanark experiment was explicitly
designed to promote an alternative to the conventional
system of law and punishment and to eradicate the causes
of crime by promoting cooperation and education. In
the same way Rev. William King in the first edition
of his periodical "The Co-operator", May 1st 1828 explained
"The evils which co-operation is intended to combat,
are some of the greatest to which men are liable, viz.
the great and increasing difficulties of providing for
our families, and the proportionate danger of our falling
into pauperism and crime"
Ex-Cell Solutions seeks to develop a 21st century interpretation
of that alternative to pauperism and crime.
Ex-Cell Solutions continues to deliver the Ex-Cell
Programme of support and direct employment services
for ex-prisoners. Each beneficiary in this Programme
is allocated a volunteer Support Worker at pre-release
stage who works with the prisoner to draw up an initial
six month action plan. This comprises 3 elements:
1. Suitable employment and training
2. Sustainable accommodation
3. Support with overcoming barriers i.e. drug, alcohol
or mental health issues
Paid work placements, leading to permanent employment,
are provided with a range of employers including Manchester
Ex-Cell Solutions also provides these services for refugees
and asylum seekers, recovering drug and alcohol users,
homeless people, and people with mental health issues.
EX-CELL"COOPERATING INTO WORK" PROGRAMME
Building on this experience, the new Ex-Cell Solutions
programme also offers a 'Co-operating Out Of Crime'
Programme - securing jobs for ex-prisoners through "group"
self employment (cooperative consortia) and "Cooperating
into Work" with refugees and asylum seekers, recovering
drug and alcohol users, homeless people and people with
mental health issues.
Ex-Cell Solutions, partners and beneficiaries are developing
cooperative consortia initially in the following sectors
. Same Day Courier Services
. General and specialist cleaning services
. House Clearances for Social Landlords:
. On-line sales, with ADI
. Building and construction work
. Office Services
. Employment Agency
. Craft Food Production
EX-CELL RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY
Ex-Cell Solutions also offers Research, Consultancy
and Development in "Cooperating out of Crime" and "Cooperative
Corrections" - cooperative solutions to reducing reoffending.