Finance Score: 3
Governance Score: 5
Support Score: 11
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Mainly female board: -1
  • Grant maker support: +11
Overall GiG Score: 19 ?


We provide education, training, volunteering and associated support for excluded adults in Greater Manchester. Our services are aimed at adults who have been through some form of resettlement process related to substance misuse, homelessness, mental illnes, or offending behaviour. We also provide resources /training for other organisations in our field. (Formerly known as MERC and NEARIS.)
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  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are unusually low relative to funds raised
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • The Board is predominantly female

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
Cost £k
Funds £k
Funds £k
Staff Volun-

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 4.5%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 4.5%
Highest pay band: Less than £60,000
Liabilities/Assets: 29%
Liabilities/Income: 15%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 88%
Reserves/Spending: 3.9 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 4 months
Quick Ratio: 2.5
Asset Split ?
Established: 31 years


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Listed activities
  • Education/Training
  • General Charitable Purposes
GiG Classification
  • Shelter for homeless, vulnerable & excluded people
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides services
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
Where it operates
  • Bolton, Bury, Manchester City, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford City, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan,
Who it helps
  • Other Defined Groups

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
National Lottery Community Fund£329,481
Henry Smith Charity£120,000
Garfield Weston Foundation£80,000
Lloyds Bank Foundation£52,250
AB Charitable Trust£15,000
The Clothworkers Foundation£10,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
The Shears Foundation - Back on Track Manchester
£5,500 11/07/2023
Cooking and Community
The Clothworkers Foundation - Grant to Back on Track Manchester
£10,000 09/05/2023
Purchase of IT equipment for a charity which works with alcohol and substance misuse in Manchester
National Lottery Community Fund - Cooking and Community
£9,936 14/04/2023
The funding will be used to deliver a series of community cooking initiatives in the café and kitchens of their learning centre for people in the local community who experience social disadvantage ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - One off gift towards cost of living crisis to Back on Track Manchester
£2,250 14/12/2022
One off gift to support with the cost of living crisis
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£40,000 07/10/2022
Core funding
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to Back on Track Manchester
£15,000 30/06/2022
An unrestricted grant of £15,000. Back on Track Manchester provides training, education and work experience to those with multiple disadvantages who have first hand experience within the justice ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Back on Track Manchester
£50,000 22/06/2022
Unrestricted grant over two years towards the core costs of Back on Track Manchester
Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust - Back On Track Manchester Ltd - 30/11/21
£1,750 14/01/2022
Core Funding
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Back on Track
£120,000 02/11/2021
towards three years' running costs of an organisation providing support for people from disadvantaged communities affected by homelessness and substance misuse in Greater Manchester.
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award - COVID19 response
£40,000 11/12/2020
Swan Kitchens
Manchester City Council - Grant to Back On Track
£7,000 26/06/2020
Grant for work club funding
The Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund - Grant to Back on Track Manchester
£2,800 11/05/2020
Covid Fund Small Grant unrestricted core costs
CAF - Grant to Back on Track - Manchester
£10,000 09/04/2020
Grant to Back on Track - Manchester to support the organisation through COVID19
Greater Manchester Mayor's Charity - Grant to Back on Track
£6,500 30/03/2020
Supporting initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Lottery Community Fund - The Reset Project
£319,545 31/01/2020
The organisation supports adults with convictions, low skills and complex needs to get them into work and volunteering opportunities. Funding for the group will go towards a new programme of ....more
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Back on Track
£7,418 15/11/2019
We want to run mental health and wellbeing workshops for people who have been homeless, and other disadvantaged adults.
MACC - Back on Track Community Safety Project
£4,788 18/09/2018
We will run a series of weekly workshops for disadvantaged women, following a successful pilot project earlier in 2018. We expect a minimum of 50 people to take part, plus 10 volunteers. There will ....more
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Back on Track Manchester
£75,000 10/07/2018
providing a bridge from rehabilitation (prison, hostels and substance misuse recovery centres) to easy access education, guidance, training and work experience. The grant will fund the salaries ....more
One Manchester - Funding for Back on Track apprentice
£5,000 01/03/2018
Business development funding for 'Swan Kitchens', social enterprise of Back on Track supporting people who have been affected by homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems or ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to Back on Track Manchester
£75,000 25/08/2017
over 3 years as continuation funding for the catering training co-ordinator post at this centre for people with a history of offending and/or mental health issues, substance misuse and homelessness
National Lottery Community Fund - Launchpad
£478,615 19/04/2017
This project supports people in Greater Manchester with a history of offending, homelessness, substance misuse and mental health problems. Activities include a series of vocational training ....more
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Back on Track
£50,000 08/09/2016
towards two years' salary of a Volunteer Coordinator at an organisation that supports disadvantaged and vulnerable people from Greater Manchester through training, work experience, volunteering and ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Back on Track
£120,000 27/07/2016
Towards core costs to support people with severe multiple disadvantage in Manchester into employment.
Masonic Trust - Core funding
£5,000 20/07/2016
Supports disadvantaged adults with life and employment skills training, work experience and volunteering opportunities.
Dulverton Trust - The Back on Track Academy
£30,000 08/06/2016
The Back on Track Academy
National Lottery Community Fund - The Back on Track digital transformation project
£10,000 03/02/2016
The organisation will use the funding to build organisational capacity to enable them to provide skills training and media workshops for unemployed adults in the local community. This will address ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to Back on Track Manchester
£60,000 09/07/2015
over two years towards the salary of a catering training co-ordinator at this centre for people with a history of offending and/or mental health issues, substance misuse and homelessness
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Back on Track Manchester
£75,000 08/07/2015
providing a bridge from rehabilitation (prison, hostels and substance misuse recovery centres) to easy access education, guidance, training and work experience. The grant will fund the salaries ....more
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Back on Track
£50,100 30/06/2014
Looking Back, Moving Forward
Triangle Trust 1949 Fund - Back on Track - 1
£90,000 20/03/2014
To expand ex-offender work experience activities and turn these into income-generating enterprises to become partly self-funding via trading.
National Lottery Community Fund - Work Experience Project
£356,096 18/02/2014
This continuation project aims to help transform the life chances of disadvantaged adults through supporting them into learning and skills training. It will work with adults who have issues like ....more
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Back on Track
£55,000 14/03/2013
towards two years' running costs of an organisation in Manchester that supports disadvantaged people into employment
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Back on Track Manchester
£20,000 29/06/2012
the salary and on-costs of the Training Co-ordinator
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (11)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split
Based on 9/11 persons

Age Range of Trustees: 41-62
  • AMINA BODHANIA Appointed: 2022, Occupation: Head Of Partnerships And Business Improvement
  • DR KEVIN WONG Appointed: 2019, Occupation: Associate Director Research Unit Mmu
  • JULIE TAYLOR Appointed: 2018, Occupation: Programme Director, Health And Care Commissioning
  • OLUSAYO PHILLIPS Appointed: 2022, Occupation: Readiness Assessment/Adherence Lead
  • SUSAN JENKINS Appointed: 2017, Occupation: Talent Partner (Law Firm)
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 18/02/1993, number: 1017467
  • Registered at Companies House on 29/07/1992, number: 02735484
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Other Regulators
  • Ofsted (Office For Standards In Education)
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
20 returns made; AR09: 13 days late, AR08: 1 days late, AR07: 23 days late, AR06: 1 days late, AR05: 17 days late,
Main office

4th Floor Swan Buildings
20 Swan Street
M4 5JW


3. The objects of the company shall be to advance the education of disadvantaged members of society, and especially persons who are suffering or who have suffered a legal restriction on their liberty in any penal or correctional establishment or otherwise, and their families, in particular (but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing) through the provision of educational, training and advisory services to said persons.

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