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Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Health and Social Care

Business Activities:Parent home support and training

Business Location:Derby City, Derbyshire, East Staffordshire and Worcestershire (HQ Derby)

Chief Executive:Justine Gibling

Turnover:£1.5m (2013-14)


Legal structure:Community Interest Company


Ripplez CIC is a not for profit social enterprise, whose mission is “to make a difference to the lives of young families so that they can achieve their highest potential and benefit future generations.

Their vision is to create “employable parents and school-ready children” by improving outcomes in pregnancy, child health and development, and the economic self-sufficiency of parents.

Ripplez provides health and wellbeing services in Derby City, Derbyshire, East Staffordshire and Worcestershire. In Derby City, they have been providing the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme since 2007. FNP is a licensed, evidence-based, preventative, early intervention therapeutic programme for vulnerable first time mothers aged 19 and under. It offers intensive and structured home visiting, delivered by specially trained nurses, from early pregnancy until the child is two years old.

Ripplez was officially formed on 6 January 2011 as an independent health services provider, previously part of Community Health Services Derby, the provider arm of NHS Derby City.

Ripplez also contributes to the Government’s Early Intervention agenda, driven by the Child Poverty Strategy (2011) and Troubled Family agenda, by improving health and achieving equality of incomes for the most vulnerable parents and their families. To date Ripplez has graduated 445 clients from their programmes.

Derby is also one of 11 ADAPT (Accelerated Design and Programme Testing) sites working with the National FNP unit and the Dartington Social Research Unit on ‘FNP: Next Steps’. This aims to achieve greater outcomes, allow more flexibility based upon local contexts and support the exchange of good practice between services.

Ripplez also provide the innovative, intensive home delivery programme, Family First. This is a flexible intervention model of parenting support, based on the principle of the FNP, to reduce the impact of multiple deprivations, and to improve short and long term outcomes for children born to vulnerable first time parents, and thus reduce health and social care costs for these families.

Additionally Ripplez has developed a community peer mentoring programme for vulnerable pregnant women in Derby City. Thirty members of the community will be trained to deliver the service, which will provide the women with bespoke training and opportunities to gain City and Guild qualifications, whilst simultaneously supporting families from their local community, in places the clients feel comfortable.

Launched in April 2017, Ripplez are now offering the Pause Programme in Derby. Pause is an innovative, dynamic and creative solution, designed to address the needs of women who have, or are at risk of, multiple children being removed from their care.

It offers an intense programme of therapeutic, practical and behavioural support through an integrated model. Each woman has an individual programme, designed around their needs, looking at the various elements of their system.

Ultimately Ripplez seeks to break the cycle of disadvantage, and exists to improve the lives of young parents and their children. It does this by creating positive changes in health behaviour, relationships, the parental role and by supporting maternal wellbeing. The programmes Ripplez delivers achieve wider community benefits by improving pregnancy outcomes, child health development, future school readiness and achievement, and improving parents’ economic self-sufficiency.

E3M Member


Name:Justine Gibling

Title :CEO

Justine Gibling was appointed as the new CEO for Ripplez in April 2015. She has had a career in the public sector for the last 29 years, in Family Support and Integrated Working in Children's Social Care and Derby City Sure Start Programmes.

Justine has also worked as a Senior Manager for Early Years and Early Help services in Telford & Wrekin and Nottinghamshire County Council, improving services for families and young children which has also involved being a key Commissioner for the Nottinghamshire Children's Centres and a stakeholder for the Family Nurse Partnership.

"I have been passionate about the Family Nurse Partnership intervention and a strong supporter of the programme in all of my roles. I was delighted to have been successfully appointed as the new CEO and share the Ripplez teams' enthusiasm and dedication for improving outcomes for young parents, babies and their communities.

"I am committed to working in partnership with all agencies who offer support to families with young children and I’m looking forward to identifying exciting joint future opportunities."

Since joining Ripplez, Justine has supported the team to win two new contracts to deliver FNP and other support services in Derby City and Worcestershire, and is now working to develop new and innovative complimentary support services to reduce inequalities for children and families.