New youth support business launched in Scunthorpe after funding grant is awarded

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Jan 2018

A new youth welfare and educational support business has been launched in Scunthorpe after funding to establish it was granted.

Advance Practice Solutions has been given operational funding from the UK Steel Enterprise organisation which has allowed it to invest in strategic advertising, marketing collateral and vital insurance.

UK Steel Enterprise is a subsidiary of Tata Steel and the £1,000 grant is from its Kickstart Fund, which was launched in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub in February 2016 to support people looking to establish a business in the area.

Advance Practice Solutions owner Patrick Lappin has 25 years' experience as a youth worker, as well as various accomplishments in business leadership and management.

He offers a range of solution-focused one-to-one and group sessions for young people, including motivational interventions and anger management.

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He is also qualified to give in-depth training to school learning co-ordinators, which focuses on how to support the wellbeing of students and recognise when intervention might be needed.

Speaking about the £1,000 grant, Mr Lappin said: "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.

"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."

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Mr Lappin said he now had plans to expand the business to cover a wider area, as well as aiming to take on more staff.

He said: "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, I will be offering more training and development and will consider adding to my repertoire with HR support for local businesses."

The Kickstart Fund provides grants of between £500 and £1,000, while applicants also receive help and advice from local Growth Hub advisors and the council's economic development team.

Allan Wood, from UK Steel Enterprise, said: "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."

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