Grant kickstarts Scunthorpe youth welfare business

Startup funding has led to the launch of a new Scunthorpe youth welfare business.

The £1,000 UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) grant, a subsidiary of Tata Steel, was awarded to youth welfare and educational support company Advanced Practical Solutions (SOLUTIONS).

With 25-years’ experience as a youth worker – and accomplishments in business leadership and management – business owner Patrick Lappin will offer a range of solution-focused one on one and group sessions for young people, including motivational interventions and anger management.

Patrick 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.

“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.”

The UKSE Kickstart Fund – working in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub – 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.