BB Futures

Support for young refugees

Breaking Barriers are initiating a new scheme this year to provide intensive employability support to 18 to 24-year old refugees living in London. 18 to 24-year old refugees are particularly vulnerable and find it difficult to find work for a number of reasons:

Our Founding Partner

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is delighted to partner with Breaking Barriers through the ‘BB Futures’ programme, helping young refugees move into employment, education or training. Many people face barriers to a productive future and are unable to create a better life for themselves.

We recognise these issues and support unique organisations, such as Breaking Barriers, who offer innovative solutions to address entrenched social and economic issues. Through ‘BB Futures’, young refugees can access the necessary language, vocational and mentoring support needed to succeed, leading to greater economic and personal success.

Barriers young refugees face


They have missed vital years in the education process either in the UK or in their countries of origin.

The Asylum Process

Many refugees arriving as minors have their cases revisited at 18 years old. This means that many find it difficult to commit to school with their futures uncertain.


They lack of role model and pastoral support.


They have no prior work experience.

“A holistic and individualised approach provides every individual with intensive support and guidance.”

– Suzanne Kidd | Programme Co-ordinator


Paralegal at Mishcon de Reya

“I cannot describe how getting my first paid job in London changed me. I felt like I am a new person, Breaking Barriers helped me to regain my confidence and showed me that I am capable of success in London and restored the trust in people and charities’ work.”