The Book Reserve launches in Belfast

Published: 9 Jun 2015

Author: Roger Warnock
The Book Reserve launches in Belfast

The Book Reserve, a pioneering social enterprise launched by two Fellows, had its grand opening on 3rd June 2015.

The Book Reserve is an innovative new start-up designed and developed by Roger Warnock and Paul McMinn, both Fellows who have undertaken extensive research in the USA and Brazil in how to support young adults.  

A café and second-hand book business, The Book Reserve will employ up to 36 young parents over the next three years who have had contact with the justice system.

Justice Minister David Ford, who attended the launch, said: Research has shown six out of every ten young children who have a parent in prison will go on to offend themselves. We want to break that cycle and by working with those young parents, providing employment and family support, we can help them become positive role models for their children." 

The Book Reserve project is led by Social Indigo and also supported by a range of partners including Work West as well as Barnardo’s and Bryson Charitable Group who will be working closely with young adults offering tailored parenting advice and guidance both pre- and post-release. It has also received seed investment under the Early Intervention Transformation Programme. 

Roger Warnock said: “The Book Reserve is unique globally, a new innovative approach to give young parents employment and training over a 12 month period so they might be re-integrate into society and with additional support that they need to become good parents. It is our aim and our hope that that his early intervention support for young parents will help prevent their children growing up to offend themselves.”