In autumn 2012 About Turn established ‘Forward Assist Ltd’. Forward Assist Ltd achieved charitable status and was entered onto the register of Charities on 9th January 2013. Forward Assist has taken over the responsibility for About Turn which will continue act as a sustainable ‘not for profit’ social enterprise assisting veterans to develop viable routes out of unemployment. About Turn has already established itself as a leading organisation in the delivery of ‘veteran’s awareness’ training for the statutory, voluntary and business sector. In future all profits made by About Turn will be gifted to Forward Assist the lead Charity.
About Turn CIC is a professional, accountable organisation with robust quality assurance and governance arrangements. Our policies, procedures and vetting systems are available for inspection if required.
Peter Dolan is 39 years old he served with the Royal Engineers from 1990-1991. Peter, like many Early Service Leavers on return to the civilian community had direct experience of chronic social exclusion and struggled with the assimilation back to civilian life. Like many veterans Peter was for a period of time (10 years ), estranged from his family ,addicted to drugs and alcohol, homeless and 'sleeping rough' He claims he was close to death before finally accepting help and spent 12 months in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre. On completion of his treatment Peter joined About Turn and is classed as one of the About Turn originals. His dedication to the cause has impressed many and he was invited to become a Director in 2011. Peter brings to the table a wealth of personal experience and acts as a reality check for the senior management team, ensuring the organisation is always driven by the needs of the veteran . Peter now works full time and is a Level 2 football coach and co-founder of the About Turn Veterans Challenge trophy football tournament.
Colin Hutchinson is a former Warrant Officer who served for 22 years in the Royal Engineers. He is now business Manager for NECA, an organisation providing substance misuse services across the region.
" Having made the transition back to civilian life myself. I am acutely aware of the need to use my personal experiences and skill to support those that do not find the transition easy. It alarms me that so many veterans require support from specialist social care organisations on their return to the UK. Especially as the true cause of their difficulties can be related to their past combat experiences whilst serving in many of the operational theatres across the globe. As a Director of About Turn CIC I am able to make a small but significant difference for those in need."
'About Turn CIC' Company No: 07020127
‘Forward Assist Ltd’ Registered Charity Company No: 08190905
Charity Number: 1150408 Registered in England and Wales.