Lucy Powell MP visited local charity Back on Track on Friday 5th April to experience firsthand how the Big Lottery Fund is helping rehabilitate disadvantaged adults. The City Centre-based charity received funding from Awards for All last year to run a project designed to help ex-offenders and other adults struggling to get into work and training by providing them with work experience opportunities. Volunteer activity leaders provide mentoring alongside the work experience. Participants on the project can then move into further training or employability programmes.
During her visit, Lucy helped project participants ice the cakes they had made while she talked about how the Big Lottery Fund project is supporting them. Lucy said:
“This project is providing great opportunities to adults who face significant barriers to employment and training. At a time when Britain is faced with high levels of unemployment- particularly in places like Manchester Central, with the Coalition Government making the situation much worse, it is important that charities like this exist. I applaud the work of Back on Track helping disadvantaged adults rebuild their lives”
More information about the project is available on their website www.backontrackmanchester.org.uk