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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 to show you what you can do to support refugees in 20 seconds, minutes, hours and days. Read on to find out all the ways… 20 seconds: Donate to a charity that supports refugees Donating has never been easier! If...
Play with 20

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 show our support, solidarity and share the message as a charity supporting refugees. We’ve supported hundreds of refugees over just 12 months and so we’ll be sharing a story from one of our clients that have gone on their journey...

Volunteer 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 Advice and Guidance volunteers help clients achieve their career aspirations, supporting and being part of their journey to meaningful employment. “… it’s an amazing experience, extremely valuable, you get to meet people from all over the world.” – Eva, Volunteer....

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 class, while Ashurst followed up with a workshop for intermediate students. Together, they gave 13 clients a chance to upgrade their software skills and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. When our client evaluation questionnaires came back, 71 percent ‘strongly agreed’ that the classes...

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 April 21 to 23, thirteen Breaking Barriers students spent the weekend working on their English and developing their customer service skills. After learning the principles of customer service and reviewing how to anticipate a customer’s needs, deal with requests and...

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 set life goals. Thank you to our incredible volunteer life coaches Andy, Michelle, James, Mehreen and Naima who supported, encouraged and inspired our clients throughout the evening.       

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 work of the BB staff and volunteers to support vulnerable refugees living in London to find meaningful work.  Special thanks must go to our corporate partners, such as Mayer Brown, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and IKEA, who have been...

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 Academy, offering part-time paid placements to refugees. Wells Fargo are sponsoring our English programme and Deutsche Bank are supporting an IT/ numeracy course. BB are delighted to welcome Western Union as our most recent partner. We are excited to be working with another corporation who leading the way...

Breaking Barriers Exhibition 2017

‘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 war and having to flee their home countries. In the UK, they must navigate complex systems to get the support they need. Yet these are also young people with talent, pride, aspirations and dreams. We wanted to let young refugees...

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 training and work placements to support their start into work. Matthew Powell, Breaking Barriers’ CEO: “We are hugely privileged to have been awarded such a prestigious award. Mayer Brown have been such incredible support as a Founding Partner of the...