What we do

Supporting people with convictions

Supporting people with convictions

Back on Track has been supporting people with convictions for over 40 years. Today we work with 600 ex-offenders each year – many of whom have also experienced mental health problems, drug or alcohol problems and homelessness.

We are a partner in Achieve North West Connect, an HMPPS/European Social Fund project. We provide caseworker support to people with convictions, plus training, mentoring, work experience and volunteering. With our support people can move on from problems in their past towards a meaningful and fulfilled life.

“My caseworker explained that I could get support with things like my CV, job search and looking for training, as well as help with practical things like opening a bank account. I worked with her to develop my CV and to get help with applying for jobs. I have now found work in a warehouse and am working full time.  I feel that coming to Back on Track helped build my confidence and helped me to have the confidence to tell employers about my past and to disclose my offences.  I have started working but I am still engaging with Back on Track as I want to still work towards gaining more qualifications and to get my CSCS card so that I can have a career in the construction industry. I feel that being in employment will help to make my life more stable and will help me stay away from getting into any trouble again.”

 

Manchester has the highest rates of serious crime outside London. Around 30% of adult males in Manchester have a criminal conviction, creating significant barriers to employment and even volunteering.


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