The Turnaround Project helps people who have been given prison or community sentences to turn around their futures.  Working with people before and after they complete their sentences, and providing real jobs in transitional employment opportunities, Turnaround works to tackle the barriers between them and employment.  In the process, Turnaround engages the wider community in supporting people on their journeys away from the justice system.  

We have designed our Transitional Employment model to overcome the barriers that people face as they complete sentences in prison or in the community.  For many, conventional employment is hard to find and difficult to sustain.  By offering training and employment experience before people complete their sentences, and a more supportive working environment afterwards, we provide real-work opportunities for people during a crucial period of transition in their lives.  

As well as a supportive employment environment, Turnaround’s transitional employees are supported to make their own plans for their future, are given advice and assistance to access the other services they need, and social support from people in the community who have committed to supporting them on their journey.

Turnaround currently runs two enterprises: 

‘Outwork’ is our grounds maintenance enterprise, delivering financial – and social – value for money services to commercial and domestic clients.

‘Big Loop Bikes’ uses staff and community volunteers to teach people skills in bike repair and management.​

Prof. Margaret Topping Chair

Richard Good Chief Executive

Why The Turnaround Project is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

Our Board operates to a set of Governance Principles that commit it to: 

• Ensuring that we fulfil all our legal, social and environmental responsibilities in line with principles of good governance. 

• Building social enterprises and community initiatives that are financially and organisationally sustainable. 

• Basing our decisions, actions and strategic development on evidence-based research and lived experiences of the justice system. 

• Fostering courage, creativity and resilience in our learning and growth. 

The Board believes that having a Boardroom Apprentice will enrich the experience of both the Board and the Apprentice, allowing both to benefit from new insights and expertise through participation in Board discussions.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Currently online; when covid allows, meetings will take place at 39 North Street, Belfast

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings are held every other month, on the third Thursday, and generally last from 2pm to 4pm.  Board sub-committee meetings are organised by the committee itself.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2022 – August 2023)

15 September 2022

17 November 2022

19 January 2023

16 March 2023

18 May 2023

20 July 2023

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2022 – August 2023)

To be determined