Take on the Peak District Challenge

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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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Photo highlights from our 40th anniversary event

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Our 40th anniversary event was very special, and thanks to our staff member Paul we have some very special photos to remember it by.  

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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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B on T service users star in Manchester Street Poem

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Back on Track are one of six partners in the Manchester Street Poem project, currently showing as part of Manchester International Festival. The work, being created by Karl Hyde and Rick Smith of Underworld, is based on interviews with people who have experience of being homeless, and several of our service users have shared their story. See it at UNFEAR, 68-70 Oldham Street, or visit the Manchester Street Poem website.

 

‘Amazing project to be involved in!’ – Kel, Back on Track service user

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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. 

 

Contact samuel@backontrackmanchester.org.uk for any queries.

 

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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.

If your company can help by lending expertise, providing volunteers or hosting a work placement please contact
samantha@backontrackmanchester.org.uk.

 

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Graphic design volunteer urgently needed

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and creative design volunteer to help us over the next couple of months. We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary this year and we need someone to help us design displays etc for our big event on 4th July. 

 

The short notice means we need someone to start as soon as possible! In return you’ll get some real experience with a well-regarded charity on your CV – and will work with a great bunch of people!   

 

We need a creative and enthusiastic person with excellent design and IT skills who will surprise and delight us with their ideas. If you fit the bill and would like to help us make this event fantastic please email samuel@backontrackmanchester.org.uk.   

 

Back on Track was named ‘best volunteer involving organisation’ at the 2016 Spirit of Manchester awards. 

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We’re looking for an enthusiastic and creative design volunteer to help us over the next couple of months. We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary this year and we need someone to help us design displays etc for our big event on 4th July. 

 

The short notice means we need someone to start as soon as possible! In return you’ll get some real experience with a well-regarded charity on your CV – and will work with a great bunch of people!   

 

We need a creative and enthusiastic person with excellent design and IT skills who will surprise and delight us with their ideas. If you fit the bill and would like to help us make this event fantastic please email samuel@backontrackmanchester.org.uk.   

 

Back on Track was named ‘best volunteer involving organisation’ at the 2016 Spirit of Manchester awards. 

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Back on Track team up with top Manchester poet

We’re excited to announce we’re teaming up with the brilliant Manchester poet Longfella for a brand new project! He’ll be working with a group of our service users, creating a unique new piece to be performed at our 40th anniversary event in July. It will be a chance for the group to draw on their life experiences, with most composing/performing poetry for the first time.

 

Longfella, whose real name is Tony Walsh, told us: ‘I’m really looking forward to this. Back on Track do really great work with disadvantaged adults and this will give them a voice.’ 

 

Longfella’s poetry makes you laugh, makes you cry and makes you think. This is a fantastic opportunity for our service users and we can’t wait to see what they come up together. 

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Moss Side Food Festival, Saturday 13 May

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Our Swan Kitchens cafe team have a stall at the Moss Side Food Festival this coming Saturday in Alexandra Park. There’s tons of other amazing sounding grub too, plus loads for all the family, so come down and check it out!