Latest Our Blog An Interview with Our CEO Justine Gibling Who is our CEO? My name is Justine Gibling and I’ve been at Ripplez for just over 3 and half years. I’ve always worked in children’s and family services, and more recently within senior positions in local authorities as a lead commissioner, where I was part of the strategic FAB Board in Nottinghamshire. I am a resolute advocate of the Family Nurse Partnership and I saw the Ripplez position as a real opportunity to work closely with the families and children we were trying to make a difference for. “Most important of all, we are committed to maintaining and upholding our key values…under an enterprise that promotes aspiration and self-efficacy among the at-risk families we closely support under evidence-based, preventative service models." Since then, there have been significant changes for the Family Nurse Partnership and for Ripplez as a social enterprise. One of the main challenges has been to deliver attractive service offers for commissioners to buy. This is actually a really exciting challenge, and one which we have met and will continue to meet. Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our commitment to maintaining our families as our continual and central focus. What does Ripplez offer? The four services we offer are brilliant. The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a tried and tested, a fully licensed and evidence-based program. It requires a lot of expertise to deliver - but we get the results. Our Family First model is one of our newer services and has been warmly welcomed by commissioners because of its width, reach and flexibility for families. Our third service, the Derby Community Parent Programme, is able to provide support for some of the most vulnerable families in the community, and the dedication and commitment demonstrated by our volunteers is incredible. The newest addition to our service model is Pause - a dedicated program designed to work with women who have had repeat removals of children. It is an innovative and long needed intervention that has a phenomenal impact on those most vulnerable. “We are in a strong position because we have a fantastic staff group, brimming with invaluable expertise.” While I think each of these services hold their own brilliance they actually work even better together. I am most proud of this comprehensive model, which supports vulnerable women and vulnerable parents to, ultimately, achieve beneficial outcomes for their children. What are you doing to meet the new challenges forced by a changing environment? In order to face the challenges from here, we need to continually assess a pretty turbulent environment. We want to promote ourselves as a leader in providing high quality, evidence-based interventions and stay true to our mission to work alongside families and meet their health and social needs. We want to both consolidate our fantastic services while retaining a flexibility to adapt to changes in the environment. We are always going to have to change, adapt and be flexible, but that is one of our strengths. We are in a strong position because we have a fantastic staff group, brimming with invaluable expertise. Most important of all, we are committed to maintaining and upholding our key values. We have fostered a communicative and supportive work environment under an enterprise that promotes aspiration and self-efficacy among the at-risk families we closely support through our evidence-based, preventative service models.