A blueprint for success

Blueprint Partnership, the international marketing research agency based near Manchester Airport, is teaming up with us to help change the lives of some of most disadvantaged people in the city.

Blueprint has already made a donation of £500 to Back on Track. This will be followed by a series of fundraising events organised by its staff – and the company will then match fund the money raised up to a maximum of £3000 a year.

Blueprint has also pledged to donate staff time to help us run activities including interview preparation, CV writing and job skills workshops.

Simon Hamlyn, from Blueprint Partnership, said, “Many of our staff live within the Manchester conurbation and are aware of the variety of issues facing disadvantaged adults. As a result, the team unanimously agreed to partner with Back on Track. Blueprint Partnership and Back on Track have many mutually compatible values and we all look forward to working together in enabling disadvantaged people to build meaningful and fulfilling lives.”

We have already been blown away by Blueprint’s generosity and their commitment to making a difference. We look forward to achieving great things together!



Maysie soars thanks to Back on Track

When Maysie started at Back on Track she was in rehabilitation after suffering from serious mental health problems. Things have really turned around for her since then – she has just been accepted onto a teaching training course. In three years’ time she’ll be a fully qualified primary school teacher.

Maysie has got a lot out of coming to Back on Track. As she says, ‘It’s been great to meet new people and try out new things in such a welcoming place.’ Her favourite has been our creative writing and course, which a lot of people have told us really helps with boosting self-confidence and wellbeing.

Maysie has shared a poem she has written which sums it all up for her. It finishes like this:

What I will do with my good mental wellbeing
Is learn and study some more
My knowledge will become all seeing
As a teacher my ambitions will soar

New job vacancies at Back on Track

We have two new vacancies to join the team here at Back on Track.

The first is the completely new post of Wellbeing Coordinator. You’ll be responsible for developing a range of wellbeing activities, including teaching wellbeing courses. The role will also include overseeing and developing service user involvement. Over the last couple of years we’ve seen how wellbeing activities can have a huge impact on people facing disadvantage, which is why we’ve created this new role.

This one has been made possible by a new three year grant from the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation – huge thanks to them. 

The second job is Achieve Coordinator, working on the Achieve North West Connect project. It involves mentoring and supporting people on probation to achieve qualifications and move into sustainable employment. 

Both of these jobs are a chance to make a real difference while working for an innovative and vibrant charity – us!

Read the full job descriptions and find out how to apply

Introducing: our two new patrons for 2018

We’re delighted to introduce two very special new patrons! 

One is the acclaimed and award winning Manchester chef and food writer/broadcaster Mary-Ellen McTague. The other is Mike Joyce, a musician and DJ who was of course a member of one of Manchester’s most iconic bands, The Smiths. 

We’re going to be working with Mary-Ellen and Mike (pictured with our CEO Siobhan) on some exciting projects this year. So great to have them on Team Back on Track.

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 https://www.train-aid.co.uk/courses/emergency-first-aid-at-work

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.