At the start of a busy day in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to meet with Suffolk entrepeneur, Paddy Bishopp, to learn more about his latest ventures in supporting and growing budding Suffolk entrepeneurs.
Shout About Suffolk has been established to help Suffolk entrepreneurs get best-practice support, mentoring and office facilities to help on their journey to becoming superstars. It aims to nurture the next generation of busines start-ups by providing support facilities, expert mentoring and networking opportunities spanning a 3-year incubation period, helping new businesses to become self-sufficient and ready to thrive on their own.
Joining Dr Dan and Paddy at the meeting was Debbie from Wednesday's Child - a social enterprise who has joined forces with Shout About Suffolk. Wednesday's Child reinvests its profits into supporting those with eating disorders and other mental health issues. It has at its core a subscription and gift box model, enabling the purchase of carefully curated gifts for those who need a well being boost or gesture of kindness.
In addition, the business also delivers events, training, certification programmes, supportive coaching activities for those in the midst of an eating disorder, and a vocational portal to enable a supported return to work or education. The business aims to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders and helps others to become "cheerleaders" in helping aid mental health recovery.
Suffolk has a lot to shout about and Dr Dan was pleased to learn more from both Paddy and Debbie.
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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Addictions: Health Services (19 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270772 on Addiction Services, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of medically-staffed inpatient detoxification beds in England; and if he will make a statement.
Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...