Not-for-Profit Organisation Award: Winner and Runners-Up
By Derby Telegraph
Posted: June 25, 2014
WINNER: Ripplez CIC.
RIPPLEZ CIC makes a positive impact on people’s lives, carving out a national reputation for its work.
Formed in 2011, it is a staff-led Community Interest Company.It was created through the Department of Health’s “Right to Request” policy, which enabled staff to “spin out” of the NHS and develop independent social enterprises if they could demonstrate that this would lead to the delivery of improved services.
RippleZ CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise and an NHS provider of a service called the Family Nurse Partnership in three areas: Derby, Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.
The partnership is an evidence-based early intervention programme, providing therapeutic support and parenting education through structured home visiting to vulnerable first-time teenage parents from early pregnancy until their child is two years old.In just three years, RippleZ has grown in size and now has a national reputation for quality of service and enterprise.
Its staff numbers have grown from 11 to 37 and it has increased turnover to £1.8 million. It has also increased the number of families it helps, from 88 in its first year to 420 this year, making a positive difference to the lives of young families.
RUNNERS-UP: Me & Dee
ME & DEE makes wishes comes true.For people with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, time is precious, and Me & Dee aims to make that time as special as possible.
Founded in 2006 by Maria Hanson, who was inspired by her cousin Delia who lost her cancer battle the previous year, this Melbourne-based organisation provides special moments and treats for people nearing the end of their lives.
Every year, the charity creates more than 200 special moments a year.It also supports oncology wards in hospitals and in hospices with nominations. Wishes it has granted include arranging weddings for terminally ill brides and a meeting with television presented Richard Hammond for a boy who has a condition so rare he is the only child in the world with it, to bedroom make-overs and birthday parties for seriously ill children.
The charity has now moved its focus to providing seaside breaks for families who face losing a loved one.
Me & Dee also supplies comfort packs to families who have none of the basics to hand when a loved one is committed to hospital.
Runner Up: Derventio Housing Trust
DERVENTIO Housing Trust provides accommodation, support and personal development opportunities for people who are homeless, vulnerable and facing housing crisis.
In just over three years of operation, the Derby-based charity has helped more than 3,000 individuals to make real and positive changes to their lives.
Derventio specialises in providing services to the most disadvantaged, excluded and challenging people, such as care leavers, people who are not in education, employment or training, entrenched rough sleepers and people with complex multiple needs.It helps people rebuild their lives and get back on the road to independent living, providing a roof over their heads as well as a range of other support services.
Derventio’s mission is to end the cycle of homelessness for as many people as possible, while helping them to grow their potential, become self-sufficient and lead happy and fulfilled lives.Having a safe, secure, home is the first step and this what Derventio’s team of 55 people provides.