Turning Point Turns 50

News item posted: 17 March 2017

This year Turning Point is celebrating their 50th anniversary.

In 1964, Turning Point founder Barry Richards launched a small non-profit organisation called Helping Hands to help people with issues related to alcohol. It developed into Turning Point in 1984. At the time, Helping Hands was the UK's first attempt to help those with alcohol problems, by using a community based, residential programme. Now Turning Point is a leading health and social care organisation who provide specialist and integrated services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems, unemployment and those with a learning disability.

Over the coming months Turning Point services across England and Wales will be holding a range of events to celebrate with staff, service users, the local community and partner organisations.

Discussing Turning Point's 50th anniversary, Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale said;

"No organisation can afford to stand still, we need to keep pace with the changing needs of those we support and ensure that our services remain relevant to their lives. When Barry Richards' launched Helping Hands he was breaking new ground and that's what we are still trying to do at Turning Point. Breaking new ground has enabled us to grow from what was effectively a small single-issue charity to a social enterprise now employing over 3,000 people and operating over 200 services in the areas of Learning Disability, Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Primary Care, Employment, Criminal Justice and Community Commissioning. I am proud of what Turning Point has achieved over the years and I'd like to thank everyone who has worked for and with Turning Point as we continue to look forward inspired by possibilities. "