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Pauline Davies

Pauline Davies

Plus One

Outset have provided me with valuable support and information. This has enabled me to progress towards registering my business. thank you Outset

Pauline’s story

Pauline’s passion for her new venture was sparked by her desire to help her own son and her nephew.

“I was inspired to start my business by my two younger children, one of whom has ADHD and has suffered throughout his educational life. I also have a special guardianship order for my nephew who has had quite a difficult time for a few years.

“I had spent many hours trying to get help for these two great kids and found myself fighting the system. Lack of time and money resources prevented intervention and support when it was needed most.

“I vowed I would return to studying and make a difference not only for my family but for others also and I have recently passed my level 4 counseling and therapeutic diploma.”

With a great zeal for people and life, and a background working within a young offenders prison, (including the establishment of a programme to reduce self-harming for which she received a commendation from the governor and more recently working with young people who have been excluded from mainstream education teaching land-based skills, literacy and numeracy), Pauline wanted to pursue self-employment to offer affordable therapy and support services to “one and all”.

She added: “I had gone to my local job centre for business start-up advice and they gave me a leaflet for Outset Cornwall. It was the best advice they could have given me.

“Outset Cornwall has walked with me every step of the way and nurtured my thoughts and ideas while empowering me with information.

“It has helped me achieve my goal and dream of being my own boss.”

Plus One has developed a six-step programme to take into schools to help young people who need support due to emotional and/or behavioural difficulties.

“Often a child’s behaviour will have to escalate to its worst before schools can access the support for them,” Pauline added.

Her therapy business will be accessible at the earliest opportunity, offering intervention and possible prevention of further emotional distress.

But she couldn’t have done it without the support of Outset Cornwall, which she describes as “exceptional”.

“The start-up course was delivered by and enthusiastic team who have been happy to answer the million and one questions I have had. I felt nurtured and supported throughout, with my most memorable bits the team building exercises, what fun.”

She is now registering the business as a social enterprise and hopes to develop a programme for schools and run a pilot scheme in Cornwall before expanding further afield and potentially creating further jobs and employing like-minded therapists in Cornwall.