Core Group

Passionate about inspiring change in Manchester's services

Our Core Group consists of people who have first-hand experience of multiple and complex needs, and it plays a part in all decisions that affect our work.

It’s the group's responsibility to influence the way services are delivered – both from us and across the city.

Our Core Group gets involved with:

  • recruiting staff
  • commissioning services
  • research
  • developing new ideas

Want to get involved?

We’re on the lookout for dedicated, passionate people who are committed to making a difference in their community. Please get in touch if you want to use your personal experience in areas such as drugs, mental health, homelessness, and offending. Help us make a positive change.

Contact Ben on 0344 515 1595, or via email.

Women's Voices

A group run by women, for women, to create equal opportunities

The Women’s Voices movement is about uniting women to improve communities and services.

Its members have all experienced homelessness, addiction or abuse; running events and campaigns geared towards changing attitudes.

The group is committed to making sure women can live the lives they dream of, free from violence, fear and stigma. They partner with other organisations to make sure women’s voices are heard at all levels of society.

Join the movement.

You can volunteer in any capacity, whether you want to take part in an event or campaign, or simply spend time with like-minded people. Just get in touch on 0344 515 1615.


Getting Real Opportunities of Work

Helping people with multiple and complex needs to find rewarding work

GROW traineeships are paid placements that give people with multiple and complex needs the chance to secure work.

As part of the 12-month programme, trainees take up central roles in services; working with people who may have had similar experiences to them.

‘I wanted something that used my negative life experiences for positive change.
That’s why I became a GROW trainee.’

GROW trainee

There’s a strong training element to the programme, and participants have the opportunity to develop their skills with partner organisations.

We see our GROW trainees as experts by experience, and encourage them to use their knowledge to change our services for the better.

‘Everyone who completed their GROW placement with ICM has moved into paid employment. This means that our GROW trainees are now influencing how services work with people on the front line. We are looking forward to running another seven GROW traineeships over our third year of the programme.’
Back on Track staff member

The programme is designed to help break down barriers into work, with many of our trainees going on to secure paid employment.

‘I was fearful – but received a lot of support throughout the traineeship. My confidence has grown along with my knowledge and I know that I am making a real difference to people that were like me – judged for their history, not their potential.’
GROW trainee

Peer mentoring

Peer mentoring allows volunteers with lived experience of multiple and complex needs to help people with a similar background. Delivered by Community-Led Initiatives, our scheme gives participants the chance to build trusting and supportive relationships. This allows them to build on their communication and personal skills, and make a positive change to their life and community.

During my time peer mentoring, I have gained lots of new skills and confidence,
which has enabled me to make the decision to go into paid employment.

Mr John Burgess, Stockport

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