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Six Brands To Watch In 2019

Courier Magazine tasked six entrepreneurs, investors and creatives to pick an under-the-radar brand that’s about to get big in the year ahead…. Cassandra Stavrou chose Breaking Barriers “As we head into the new year, keep an eye out for Breaking Barriers....

BB Exhibit | The Power of Relationships – Words by Samira Shackle

We live in a political climate that is hostile to immigration across the board. In this context, complicated and messy human lives are all too often reduced to a series of crude categories: refugee, economic migrant, deserving, undeserving. These...

‘A New Beginning’ Private View

Wednesday 3rd October marked the launch of our annual exhibition ‘A New Beginning’ which highlights the dreams and challenges faced by refugees in the UK and a celebration of friendship. Co-curated by Rebecca McClelland and Breaking Barriers, the exhibition...

Employment Academy takes home Inclusive Employment Award

It was a huge honour to be have been awarded the Inclusive Employment Award at the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards for our collaboration with international law firm Mayer Brown. Our Employment Academy works with employers to provide refugees with...

Full Circle: From Client to 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...

Refugee Week 2018: #6 Play with 20

To celebrate 20 years of Refugee Week, the #simpleacts campaigns is about getting everyone involved to show their support and solidarity through creative challenges. For number 6, you have the number twenty and that is it. So we decided...

Refugee Week 2018: #3 Share a refugee story

We kicked off Refugee Week this morning with a welcome video for those coming to the UK. This year is extra special as it marks 20 years of Refugee Week. #simpleacts is the campaign we’re getting involved with to...

Volunteering with Breaking Barriers

We’re looking for volunteers to help refugees find the employment they deserve. It’s a staggering statistic; 70% of refugees, all with a legal right to work, are unemployed in London. At Breaking Barriers we’re changing this. Our team of...

An Evening of Coaching and Mentoring for Young Refugees

BB Futures | Coaching + Mentoring This month we hosted and facilitated an evening of coaching and mentoring for our younger clients (18-24) where we paired them with life coaches to create a life map and then identified and...

English for Work

BB Education | Customer Service Training In April, four new English classes started in WeWork buildings in Shoreditch and Southbank, which means 26 Breaking Barriers clients are working on their English skills to improve their chances of employment. From...

Law Firm Provides Employability Training for Refugees

Employment Academy | Ashurt I.T Skills Training Our clients are always asking for more IT training, so this month we worked with two of our legal corporate partners to run Excel workshops. Mayer Brown kicked off with a beginners...

Breaking Barriers CEO Matthew Powell listed on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30

We are delighted to announce our CEO, Matthew Powell, has been listed on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30, making him one of Europe’s 30 most influential social entrepreneurs under 30! ‘This award is recognition of the amazing hard...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year We are looking forward to continuing our growth and impact into 2018! We are delighted to welcome 5 new corporate partnerships, across 4 different programmes, for this upcoming year. Grant Thornton will be joining our Employment...

BB Exhibit 2017 | Claiming a New Place on Earth

‘Claiming a New Place on Earth’ Proudly supported by: Thousands of teenagers arrive in the UK every year seeking asylum, some with family members, many on their own. Many have missed out on an education and are scarred by...

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...