The Resilience of and Success Markers for Worker Co-ops

Part 7 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

Calling a Conversation on Harper Park

March 25 Summit 'a wonderful opportunity for community stewardship:' Kim Zippel

Worker Co-op Model Proving Supportive of Rehabilitation

Part 6 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

A Co-operative Approach to Reintegration

Part 5 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

Latest NewsA New Story of Peterborough

Calling a Conversation on Harper Park

March 25 Summit 'a wonderful opportunity for community stewardship:' Kim Zippel

Harper Park is a little known ecological gem within the city of Peterborough. It is home to a large percentage of native plant species and area-sensitive birds and mammals, the likes of which are rarely found within city limits.
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The Resilience of and Success Markers for Worker Co-ops

Part 7 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

As you read in my last post, the recent research conducted by two scholars, corroborates earlier studies and concludes that the worker co-op model goes beyond just providing an employment opportunity (which is in itself a vital piece of successful reintegration) but its culture and relational environment “provide(s) holistic and individualised resettlement support for both former/prisoners and their family… which create(s) opportunities for social participation.”
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Worker Co-op Model Proving Supportive of Rehabilitation

Part 6 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

In my last post, I quoted from the report produced by the John Howard Society which recognized how the worker co-op model could be supportive of the rehabilitation process. That suggestion has now been supported by the work of two other researchers.
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A Co-operative Approach to Reintegration

Part 5 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

In my previous post we looked at our track record of funding programs that provide life and job skills training, a work experience and assistance in finding ‘permanent’ employment for inmates and ex-offenders. We know that these have proven quite valuable in the reintegration/rehabilitation process but the model has its sustainability issues. We will now shift our focus to the (multi-stakeholder) worker co-op model, examine what we know of its efficacy and the plan I am proposing for this community.
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The Rehabilitative Impact Of Social Enterprises

Part 4 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

It is generally recognized that employment (and appropriate training/education) are crucial components in the successful reintegration following a jail sentence. As outlined in the Huffington Post blog to which I previously referred. “Those who return from prison and get jobs are far more likely to keep from going back to prison…
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Successful Reintegration Requires Community Support

Part 3 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

“A stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point” — the definition of crisis that we looked at in the first post. A doubling of the cost in crime in 16 years, mounting research which documents the detrimental cost on children of witnessing a violent crime or of being brought up in a home with an incarcerated parent and our alarming rates of recidivism.
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