A £1,000 grant from the UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) Kickstart Fund has enabled the launch of a new youth welfare and educational support business in Scunthorpe.
UKSE is a subsidiary of Tata Steel tasked with assisting the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry.
The grant has provided Advanced Practice SOLUTIONS with operational funding to invest in strategic advertising, marketing collateral and vital insurance.
With 25-years’ experience as a youth worker, business owner Patrick Lappin offers a range of solution-focused 1:1 and group sessions for young people including motivational interventions and anger management.
Patrick’s experience also qualifies him to give in-depth training to School Learning Coordinators, focussing on how to support students’ wellbeing and recognise when intervention may be needed.
“The funding provided by UK Steel Enterprise has allowed me to invest in marketing collateral that has been sent to schools, colleges and academies across the North Lincolnshire area, which I believe has been instrumental to the initial interest that I have received,” he said.
“The services that I provide allows some of the most socially and educationally excluded and disadvantaged young people to be rehabilitated into education, which is often those who have been identified as vulnerable to poor outcomes.
“Initially covering North Lincolnshire, I intend to expand into South Yorkshire over the next 12 months, both working with students and providing training and development for staff.
“Looking even further ahead, I plan to take on more staff and, once the education side of the business is stable, will be offering more training and development and consider adding to my repertoire with HR support for local businesses.”
Allan Wood, from UKSE, added: “The physical and mental wellbeing of our younger generation is of great importance and we are proud to have supported the establishment of a business that aims to support those in need.
“I am looking forward to monitoring SOLUTIONS’ success over the years as it continues to make a difference in our community and beyond.”