In 2010 the Family Nurse Partnership team made an expression of interest to the Derby City PCT Board to 'spin out' of the NHS under the Department of Health's ‘Right to Request’ initiative to set up a new social enterprise.

Gaining social enterprise status was the first step in developing new and different services. It provided an opportunity to create a flexible and dynamic organisation that could compete in an open market to deliver quality services that are responsive to individual client needs. Ripplez Community Interest Company (CIC) was launched in April 2011 with 11 staff and an annual turnover of circa £700,000 delivering Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) to vulnerable pregnant teenagers in Derby.

Since that time, Ripplez has expanded its geographical reach winning contracts to deliver services in Derbyshire and Worcestershire and now has an annual turnover in excess of £2million. We now have 35 staff offering a portfolio of complimentary early intervention and social inclusion services including the Family Nurse Partnership, Family First, PAUSE Derby and 30 volunteer pregnancy pals and birth buddies who deliver the Derby Community Parent Programme (DCPP).

The original ethos to help to young parents wanting to be the best parents they can and get back to work or access training and volunteering programmes still stands today. Being a staff-led social enterprise has given us the freedom to develop services very differently and our staff are actively involved in the development of new services and understand the value of a business culture.

Our people continue to grow and develop our service offer in line with Ripplez values and social mission and we are all ready and excited to seize opportunities that lie ahead.