Back on Track is part of the Inspiring Change Manchester programme. This is a pioneering eight year project, funded through the Big Lottery Fund, to support people with multiple and complex needs. The Manchester partnership, led by Shelter, has an ambitious vision to help people who have multiple and complex needs (mental ill-health, offending, substance and alcohol misuse and homelessness) to improve their lives.
Visit the Inspiring Change Manchester website to find out more.
Back on Track has worked together with service users and partner organisations on Inspiring Change to set up exciting new volunteering opportunities and paid trainee roles. The core group provides opportunities for service users to have a strong voice in decision making.
There are also opportunities to train as a volunteer peer mentor, providing a unique level of support to clients. Finally there are paid positions ring-fenced for former service users, who undertake a year-long trainee programme, working as part of the delivery team and receiving coaching and career-development input.
During the first year of the programme:
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In 2015 I achieved my goal of getting paid work as a GROW Trainee. My job is to work in the outreach side at Back on Track, helping people with multiple needs to get involved in education and positive activities. It’s really inspiring to see people gain hope and really change their lives.
8 former service users were taken on as paid trainees
11 service users volunteered as peer mentors
26 individuals took part in the service user involvement group