Turning Point (charity)

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Turning Point is a health and social care organization that helps and supports those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with learning disabilities. Turning Point developed out of a project in South East London and was founded by Barry Richards in 1964.[1] The Chief Executive is Lord Victor Adebowale. The charity was described as "one of Princess Diana's favourite charities"; she acted as its patron from 1985 to 1997.[2]

Turning Point is a social enterprise and registered charity[3] based in the United Kingdom that runs projects in more than 240 locations across England and Wales, making contact in the last year[which?] with 130,000 people. In addition to providing direct services, Turning Point also campaigns on behalf of those with social care needs.

In 2015 the charity denied accusations of "black on black racism" in its appeal against the decision of an earlier employment tribunal that Adebowale had unfairly dismissed the charity's IT director, Ibukun Adebayo.[4] The tribunal did find that Adebayo's actions in accessing lewd emails about her from the charity's deputy chief executive to Adebowale, constituted gross misconduct,[5] but ruled that this did not justify Adebowale's actions. Adebayo's lawyers said that the actions were unfair because the deputy chief executive's behaviour "was more serious than the claimant's by way of his seniority and position as sponsor of Turning Point's equal opportunities policy."[4]

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  1. ^ http://www.turning-point.co.uk/about-us/who-we-are.aspx
  2. ^ Stewart, Tim; Blunden, Mark (7 July 2015). "Diana charity chief set for payout after boss branded her 'Looney Tunes' and sent obscene email". London Evening Standard. p. 7. 
  3. ^ Charity Commission. Turning Point, registered charity no. 234887. 
  4. ^ a b Corfe, Emily (26 October 2015). "Turning Point denies 'black-on-black racism' after accusation from former director". civilsociety.co.uk. Civil Society Media. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Cooney, Rebecca (9 September 2015). "Sacked Turning Point IT director Ibukun Adebayo says she would rather have her job back than a £0.5m payout". ThirdSector.co.uk. Haymarket Group. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 

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