Coffee machine helps people get on track for a new life

February 1, 2017

A barista-style coffee machine is now helping people in Manchester re-start their lives and careers, thanks to support from the charity Back on Track and funding from the Care UK wellbeing foundation.

Back on Track is a charity that enables disadvantaged adults to make lasting, positive changes in their lives. It works with adults who are going through a process of recovery or rehabilitation, having been through problems with alcohol or drugs, offending, homelessness and mental health.

Swan Kitchens is Back on Track’s in-house café and catering operation, providing cheap and nutritious food and drink for the centre users. Through it the charity provides training and work experience opportunities that give people a second chance to explore a career in catering and plan for a great future.

The Care UK wellbeing foundation is encouraging local grass roots charities to apply for funding.

Fundraiser Sam Turner said: “Our projects enable people to build the skills they need to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. The £2,000 grant from the Care UK wellbeing foundation has enabled us to purchase a professional coffee machine. We can now work with local baristas and coffee shops to ensure those taking part have the skills to work here and potentially move into a job in one of the city’s growing number of cafés.”

Those volunteers already working at the café are benefiting and it is hoped the coffee machine will increase their prospect of a new career in catering.

Sam said: “It is great to see how people’s confidence and self-esteem grows as their skills develop. They are very focussed on customer service and they want to succeed.”

Care UK operations director Geoff Edwards said: “We were delighted to support this inspiring project that is clearly doing a remarkable job improving people’s wellbeing and improving their prospects. Care UK works to help people lead healthy and fulfilled lives and we are keen to support people, like the volunteers and trainee at the café, who have decided to carve out a new future for themselves.”

The Care UK wellbeing foundation is encouraging local grass roots charities to apply for funding for anything from £50 to £2,000. Anybody can nominate a charity by visiting the nominations page.