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‘Claiming a new place on Earth’

BB Exhibit: ‘Claiming a new place on Earth’ An exhibition of portraits by Caroline Irby and interviews by Veronique Mistiaen recording the hopes and challenges faced by young refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Through photographs and interviews, the exhibition will briefly describe the journey of young adults who arrived in the UK and show their experience in this country -the hurdles they are facing, especially around the asylum system, as well as their hopes for the future....

Going full circle: From client to BB volunteer

We are so happy to capture a moment with one of our young clients who is about to start a new journey as a customer sales assistant at a bank in Central London while starting a degree in Mathematics in September. This particular client has remained so dedicated to completing the Employment Academy programme to help her propel into a career she loves. We are so happy to share with you, her reflection on being a Breaking Barriers client...

Refugees of London: Yohana

We had the pleasure of interviewing Yohana from our BB Futures programme about her “dream job” and the barriers she faced to employment. Yohana, originally from Eritrea, is currently on placement at Mayer Brown working as a CSR Assistant.  How did you come to be in contact with Breaking Barriers. I researched ‘how to get help if you’re a refugee with finding work’. Although I tried with multiple other organisations, I didn’t get anywhere. Until I contacted Breaking Barriers. Who...

Council funding enables us to help hundred of London refugees – Simi’s story

We’ve received funding from the European Social Fund and London Councils to help hundreds of refugees like Simi rebuild their lives through training and employment. In August this year, 18-year-old Simi was homeless – awaiting official refugee status from the Home Office – and struggling to find stability in London. “Housing is the biggest problem,” she says. “I was given short-term accommodation by my church in North Lambeth, but eventually I had to leave.” Without the necessary paperwork, Simi...

Roses and childcare: refugee women prepare for tough UK world of work

  Bread and Roses is a social enterprise based in the east London borough of Hackney, which aims to help female refugees get ready for work, be it with flowers or not. Their mantra: helping refugee women to flourish through employment. The company, founded in 2016, runs training programmes where women learn how to make bouquets and care for a range of flowers, as well as how to write CVs. During workshops, they practice speaking English and make new...

What is the key message to business in the UK?

What’s the key message to business in the UK? We wouldn’t expect business to be able to do this on their own, for all the challenges we’ve talked about. But business is an obvious partner; business drives employment and benefits from a more productive and integrated society. Breaking Barriers, as a charity, has developed the effective vehicle – the access to the communities, the know-how, the trust, etc. – but we need the experience and opportunity of those in...