Fellows' collaborations: Support for at-risk parents

Fellows' collaborations: Support for at-risk parents

Roger Warnock and Paul McMinn both undertook research in the USA in how to support young adults.

They have since formed a management consultancy specialising in social enterprise with the aim of assisting vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and groups to become economically viable and self-sufficient.

In 2014 the consultancy was appointed as lead project manager by the Northern Ireland Department of Justice in a contract worth £575,000. Based on successful social enterprises that Roger and Paul studied during their Fellowships, The Book Reserve café and second-hand book business is a pioneering and innovative start-up social enterprise that will employ up to 36 young parents over the next three years who have had contact with the justice system.

The Book Reserve launched in June 2015 when it was officially opened by Justice Minister David Ford.

In 2016, The Observer's New Radical Business List named The Book Reserve "one of fifty radical thinking organisations changing Britain for the better."