Turning Point is a social care organisation and registered charity in the United Kingdom. It provides services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability. Turning Point runs projects in 244 locations across England and Wales and last year had contact with 130,000 people. In addition to providing direct services, Turning Point also campaigns nationally on behalf of those with social care needs.
Turning Point developed out of a pioneering alcohol project in South East London founded by Barry Richards in 1964. It now states that it is the UK's leading social care organisation. The Chief Executive is Victor Adebowale, Baron Adebowale.
Turning Point is part registered charity and part social enterprise company. Its annual report for 2008/9 reported income for the charity of over £23 million, and total group income of over £63 million, the vast majority being funding from governmental health and social agencies. Turning Point is one of the 100 largest UK charities ranked by annual expenditure. A report by the think tank Civitas has argued that charities such as Turning Point that are so dependent on government funding are effectively acting as statutory services and should lose their charitable status.
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