Back on Track gets the best birthday present ever


We are thrilled to be able to bring you some amazing news – a three year grant of almost half a million pounds! See our press release below for the details. This grant means we can build on the work we’ve been doing and will enable hundreds of people to build a better future. Huge thanks to the Big Lottery Fund in believing in us and supporting our work. 


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Press release

Thanks to players of the National Lottery a Manchester charity has received the best birthday present it would wish for. Back on Track, which is celebrating its 40
th anniversary in 2017, has just been awarded a whopping £478,615 of National Lottery funding – the largest grant in its history. The windfall will fund a three year project that will see Back on Track work hand in hand with local employers to support disadvantaged people into work. The project, Launchpad, will work with unemployed adults who have experienced major problems including homelessness, drug and alcohol problems and offending. Activities will include training courses, market trading, and roles in running Back on Track’s own catering enterprise.

Local employers are being signed up to run workshops and host work placements, and Back on Track will support them to create apprenticeships. Back on Track is already working with a range of businesses, from large employers such as Barclays to host of small local enterprises, and is now looking for new partners to get on board.

Back on Track Chief Executive Siobhan Pollitt says: ‘We believe everyone should have the chance to make a fresh start. Social problems like homelessness and substance misuse are very visible in Manchester at the moment, and people can feel like it’s impossible to find a way out. This project will be a life-changing opportunity. It’s been proved that finding work is the one of the best ways to make change last, and Launchpad will equip people with the skills, confidence and experience they need to move on to a bright future.’

Back on Track was founded in 1977 and moved to its current home in Ancoats in 1993. It now supports around a thousand people a year through education, training and volunteering. The charity was originally formed to support people with convictions, helping them put their pasts behind them. It now also works with people who have been through homelessness, substance misuse and long-term mental health problems.

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