ITEM’s geographical area of activity is currently Greater Manchester. Over the years ITEM has built up an extensive knowledge network of organisations and individuals from:
- Social enterprises
- Small Medium Sized Enterprises
- Community & Voluntary organisations
- Charitable organisations
- Statutory organisations
- Socially responsible businesses
ITEM actively maintains and develops its contacts in these areas, including links with diverse local and regional networks, consortia and special purpose vehicles, which in turn provide valuable information in the delivery of ITEM activities.
ITEM has extensive experience of the targeted approaches needed to engage and move specific clients into work, for example:
- Established communities (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black Caribbean, Black African, Chinese, Irish)
- Emerging communities, asylum seekers, new migrants and faith communities, such as Manchester Council for Community Relations, Manchester BME Network, Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations
- People recovering from mental health issues, where specific assessment and identification of suitable placements and support are required, such as the NHS, Rethink, MIND, MACC, SeeTec as well as voluntary groups
- Ex-offenders who require specific customer assessment and in placement/ work support, such as Ex-cell Solutions (a project working with ex-offenders)
This knowledge allows ITEM to work more effectively and productively with our client groups.
My placement experience with Inside Track has been one the most important steps in helping me recover from my depression. I left my previous job overwhelmed by the immensely stressful, and uncaring environment which I had found myself to be working in. I had lost all confidence in my ability to progress my own future. My placement changed all that. I now have confidence, motivation and faith in my abilities, now and for the future.” Sheena, ITEM Client