Welcome to About Turn
About Turn is a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise that is legally constituted as a Community Interest Company. It was founded by Tony Wright in late 2009 in response to the disturbing number of veterans that found it difficult to cope after having served in a variety of combat zones around the world over the last 70 years. As a qualified and registered Social Worker, former Home Office Advisor and Probation Officer he decided to use his skills and experiences to improve the lives of former Armed Forces personnel and their families’ by giving them a role and sense of purpose following their transition from military service to the civilian community.
Who Are We?
About Turn Veteran Support projects offer information, advice, guidance and ‘life changing’ opportunities to ex-servicemen and women who are experiencing difficulties in adjusting to a new life as a civilian. About Turn support programmes are particularly relevant for ex-servicemen and women who are experiencing homelessness or housing problems, are incarcerated in Prison or have involvement with the Criminal Justice System. Many ex forces personnel have alcohol and drug dependency issues and have difficulty accessing support in relation to mental health and/ or post-traumatic stress disorder. A large percentage of our referrals & group membership is disenfranchised from mainstream services and lack family support. They choose to not access existing services or are deemed inappropriate for existing provision. Often this is because of a lack of understanding in the civilian community of the Armed forces culture, individual behaviour and mannerisms or simply that they display multiple complex needs that overwhelm individual service deliverers. About Turn staff and volunteers seek out and ‘plug in’ colleagues to sympathetic and appropriate services.
What we do?
About Turns ‘peer led’ support groups and structured diversionary activities provide a much needed service that reduces social isolation and promotes community engagement with other veterans on a daily or weekly basis. About Turn’s appropriately registered, qualified and enhanced CRB checked staff assist individuals to navigate and access the multitude of organizations and services available to them in the civilian community whilst using activities and vocational skills based projects that enable veterans to gain nationally accredited qualifications as a matter of course. The activities and peer led support groups offer a safe environment and a chance to meet and be with others who understand the multiple and complex issues facing individuals that have served in today’s Modern day Armed forces. The aim of the group is to empower and give group members the skills, experience and opportunity to run and facilitate groups themselves and provide mutual support and mentoring to those less well settled Veterans who have not yet reached a level of stability. About Turn’s qualified Social workers and teaching staff encourage group members to utilize the numerous transferable and existing skills they gained whilst serving in the Armed Forces and the group projects allow them the opportunity to ‘do good’ in the civilian community.