Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central, returned to local charity Back on Track on Friday 13th December to present certificates to adults graduating from courses designed to help them back into education and employment.
Back on Track supports adults who are overcoming problems in their past such as homelessness, substance misuse or involvement in the criminal justice system. The charity acts as a bridge for adults leaving rehabilitation who need support into education and work.
Last Friday saw the charity’s first official ‘Graduation Ceremony’ with students from the Health and Social Care and Introduction to Volunteering programmes receiving their certificates from Lucy Powell MP. Lucy said:
“I first visited Back on Track earlier this year to visit service users participating in the charity’s weekly work experience sessions. It’s a great local organisation and I was honoured to be asked to come back and present these well-deserved awards to adults who are working hard to make a success of their lives”
Karin Connell, Regeneration Coordinator at Manchester City Council and Roz Hamilton, Chief Executive at Greater Manchester Probation Trust also presented awards to service users who had made significant contributions to volunteering and those who had shown outstanding commitment, attitude and attendance. Guests were invited to look at displays of learner work and hear the stories of service users who received certificates. One graduate said:
“Back on Track has given me the confidence and motivation to pursue my long term goal of working with children. The Health and Social Care training programme has given me the knowledge and skills to progress towards my goal. I’m now going to apply for volunteer roles in local youth organisations after doing a placement as part of the course”.
Back on Track has regularly held an annual celebration event in the summer but decided to introduce termly graduation ceremonies to ensure that learner success could be recognised and celebrated even more. David Fisher, the Chief Executive said:
“It’s important we recognise and reward service users who have made a success of learning and are progressing to further education and work. This not only maintains their momentum but it also inspires others”.
About Back on Track
Back on Track provides easy access education courses, guidance, mentoring and work experience opportunities to disadvantaged adults. Their aim is to support adults facing barriers to employment and training to achieve a more positive future.
More information is available on their website www.backontrackmanchester.org.uk