FUN FUN FUN at Back on Track

Shane and Danny are back! Having wowed the crowds at our 40th anniversary event in July, they have now reworked the Beach Boys’ classic Fun Fun Fun in tribute to Back on Track. Check it out cos it’s brilliant.

The guys met in Back on Track’s music group and discovered a shared love of 60s pop. They have now formed a band called The Budoka Sound and have recorded a whole ALBUM of original material. You WILL be hearing more about this.

Thanks to Train Aid

A big thank you to Train Aid for providing free first aid training to Back on Track staff this week. Our team members Kim and Caron completed the Level 2 Emergency First Aid At Work course, which teaches real lifesaving skills. 

Kim said, ‘The course was really really good. It was delivered in an easy, straightforward way and I learned so many things I didn’t know!’

To find out more about Train Aid’s courses visit

Coming to a tram stop near you

Next time you pass a Metrolink stop have a look out for one of these poems. 

They have been written by Back on Track service users as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the homelessness problem in Manchester this winter. This one, Sleeping With My Boots On, is by Lawrence, who has been homeless himself.

The campaign is a partnership between Back on Track, Street Support and Transport for General Manchester.

Vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund

We need your votes! Our Swan Kitchens cafe team have been trying out outside catering, and it’s been such a hit that we want to expand it so we can deliver right across Manchester. Only one problem: no delivery van! 


You can read the full story and vote for us here: Back on Track: delivering hope


If this gets off the ground we will be able to take on people from disadvantaged backgrounds in paid roles – catering assistants and apprentices. So just a few clicks now could mean someone getting a job that will totally transform their life! 









Withington Golf Club – charity of the year


Feeling below par? Well, we have some tee-mendous news for you. Back on Track has been chosen to be Withington Golf Club’s charity of the year. Martin, the new club captain, came to visit Swan Buildings this week and was really impressed with what he saw. Their previous chosen charities have included The Christie and Alzheimer’s Society – not bad company to be in at all!


We’re really excited about working with the club on some great fundraising events over the next year.



Take on the Peak District Challenge


Fancy a new challenge? Fancy raising money to help people rebuild their lives? Then a Peak District Challenge is for you! Lots of different distances that you can run, walk or crawl, all with the bonus of breathtaking scenery (unless you’re doing one of the overnight challenges, in which case you won’t see much at all).


Just make sure you choose us from the ‘I am fundraising for a different charity’ drop down list when you sign up. We’ll then get in touch to help you set up a fundraising page. 


Find out more and sign up for the challenge

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Special event – Manchester afternoon tea by Swan Kitchens

Only those lucky few who have been to the top floor of the iconic Swan Buildings in Ancoats – home to Swan Kitchens, Back on Track’s social enterprise café – know what a special experience it is. The good news is that for the first time we are opening to the public for a one off Manchester afternoon tea, as part of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival fringe.  


Swan Kitchens is run by people who have been through problems with alcohol or drugs, offending, homelessness and mental health, and are in a process of recovery or rehabilitation. Working at Swan Kitchens means they can get the skills and experience they need to build a better future. Also, all profits are reinvested into our services for disadvantaged people – no shareholders there. Doing good never tasted so good!



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The quirky menu is a joyful celebration of our city, with everything from Manchester tart to Manchester honey scones on offer. And all made and served by people getting their lives back on track. What’s not to love? It’s happening on Tuesday 5 October at 5pm – get your tickets now, because when they’re gone, they’re gone! 


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