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North Lincolnshire youth support business establishes following UK Steel Enterprise grant

A Scunthorpe-based youth welfare and educational support business, Advanced Practice SOLUTIONS (SOLUTIONS), has launched after receiving £1,000 funding from the UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) Kickstart Fund.

The grant from UKSE – a subsidiary of Tata Steel tasked with assisting the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry – has provided SOLUTIONS with operational funding to invest in strategic advertising, marketing collateral and vital insurance.

With 25-years’ experience as a youth worker – and considerable accomplishments in business leadership and management – 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.   

Patrick commented:

“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.

“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.”

Launched in February 2016 the UKSE Kickstart Fund – working in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub to support those looking to establish a business in the area – provides grants of between £500 and £1,000.

Applicants also receive help and advice from local Growth Hub advisors and the Economic Development team at North Lincolnshire Council.

Allan Wood, from UKSE commented:

“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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