Originally founded in 1999, Back on the Road (Glasgow) CIC is a unique employability project based within Glasgow’s east end working with those in recovery from alcohol and/ or substance misuse issues. Working with up to 20 participants per annum, our person-centred approach provides training in the restoration of vintage vehicles and metalwork projects.
Back on the Road has supported more than 200 people in recovery by providing training in multiple skills, from metalwork to painting. Eight classic buses which have been displayed at Bridgeton have been transformed from decaying vehicles to shining showpieces by our participants.
Adopting a holistic approach, we work in close partnership with local alcohol and drug agencies, and Glasgow City Council social work criminal justice teams. We have also become a meeting space for the Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) lived and living experience groups.
Close contact has been established with Glasgow Kelvin College to encourage participants to complete Levels 4-7 SCQF Community Achievement Award while volunteering with Back on the Road. This encourages our participants to learn more about restoration projects, community development and current work with our partners.
Staff at Back on the Road aim to provide an informal specialised alcohol and drug treatment support, encouraging participants to develop new skills and be further connected to the local community. These skills increase the individual’s self-esteem, belonging, self-responsibility and builds trust with others, thus reducing the stigma of addiction.