Ripplez, Community Interest Company (CIC) is an award winning staff-led Social Enterprise that is an NHS provider of the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme to first time vulnerable young parents aged 19 and under in Derby City, Derbyshire, East Staffordshire and Worcestershire.
Ripplez began life as a Social Enterprise in April 2011, emerging from the NHS under the “Right to Request” process. Ripplez has a small but growing team of 40 employees who provide family nursing, business support, company management, and support to our “community of interest”, which is young parents.
Since we spun-out of the NHS in April 2011, we have successfully grown our turnover from £500,000 to £2.2 million, through gaining three more FNP contracts. We are currently supporting around 550 vulnerable teenage parents and children in Derby City, Derbyshire, East Staffordshire and Worcestershire.
The Family Nurse Partnership is a preventive early intervention programme providing therapeutic support and parenting education through intensive home visiting to the most vulnerable first time teenage parents in localities from about 14 weeks of pregnancy until their child is two years old.
The aims of FNP are:
To improve pregnancy outcomes;
To improve child health and development and future school readiness and achievement;
To improve parents’ economic self-sufficiency.
Social Enterprises are businesses that operate on a commercial sector model yet they are distinctive because their primary aim is often to address social and environmental issues and not to create profits for shareholders. This is achieved by reinvesting the majority of the profits back into the local community to address the social aim or investing in the business to increase its capacity and effectiveness.