Back on Track is a small Manchester charity that helps disadvantaged adults make lasting, positive changes in their lives.
They run a learning centre on Swan Street in the Northern Quarter for people who have had problems with alcohol or drugs, offending, homelessness or mental health issues and are going through a process of recovery or rehabilitation.
They run projects which enable them build the skills they need to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.
Last year, they were named the ‘best volunteer involving organisation’ at the Spirit of Manchester awards. And this year they are Withington Golf Club’s charity of the year.
Swan Kitchens is their in-house café. It provides cheap and nutritious food and drink for the people who use the centre.
It’s staffed by volunteers and service users who are rebuilding their lives and getting the training and experience they need to make a fresh start. It offers real work experience opportunities and a chance to explore a career in catering.
In the short time since they started the Swan Kitchens project, no fewer than 20 people have moved on to paid work at places like Honest Crust.
The café uses surplus food from supermarkets that would have gone to waste. They also grow veg in their own allotment. And when they do have to buy products, they make sure everything is ethically sourced.
For the people on low incomes who use the café, it’s a welcome chance to get a tasty, healthy meal at a fraction of the price you’d pay on the high street.
This year, the catering team started making and selling buffet lunches to the outside organisations which hold meetings and conferences in the building.
This has been such a success that they want to expand the catering service so they can deliver right across Manchester.
We’d also like to send out a special thanks to @BackonTrackMcr for providing the great food for our Soups throughout the week! pic.twitter.com/tymN7Nb57M
— One Manchester (@OneMcr) October 27, 2017
The only problem is they don’t have anything to deliver the food in.
This is where you come in. They’ve entered a competition to win the funding needed to buy a refrigerated food van. Getting a van would enable them to take on more people from disadvantaged backgrounds in paid roles as catering assistants and apprentices and generate income for the charity.
Click here to vote for them. Just a few clicks could mean someone getting a job that will totally transform their life.
Follow them at @BackonTrackMcr