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2019 – 2020 Annual Report

The outbreak of Covid-19 has meant this year’s 2019-2020 annual report has a huge focus on the pandemic and what we have done during this difficult time to ensure we continue to support people of refugee background. The highlights include:...

The Impact of Covid-19: One Year Later

  When the first lockdown happened, many of us thought it would be a momentary pause to life as we know it, but as we approach the anniversary of the first lockdown, it is clear that the pandemic has...

Let’s choose to Challenge!

On this International Women’s Day (March 8th, 2021), we want to celebrate the contributions made by refugee women and women of refugee background by highlighting and sharing their experiences and thanking our supporters who make it possible. This year’s...

Our work placement programme: a line manager’s experience

U+I Plc are a property developer and investor who focus on regenerating overlooked and underfunded urban spaces. They have been a Breaking Barriers partner since 2019 and have been extremely supportive and collaborative in our mission to help integrate people of a...

Murat & Sarah’s story: Western Union supporting refugees into employment

Western Union Business Solutions and Breaking Barriers have been in partnership since 2018. Western Union has hosted multiple skill-building workshops for Breaking Barriers clients in topics such as interview skills, confidence in presenting yourself and a LinkedIn masterclass. Western...

How we have found providing remote support to our clients

Over the summer, we completed our first Quarter of supporting clients remotely, having conducted a Needs Assessment to understand what our clients needed during these difficult times. Moving online was a big shift for Breaking Barriers, as previously our...

Impact Report

We are delighted to announce the publication of our very first Impact Report. Our aim for this report is to highlight the scale and impact of our programmes in our mission to help people of a refugee background integrate...

Our partner Grant Thornton UK LLP named Responsible Business Champion 2020

We are delighted to announce that our partners Grant Thornton UK LLP have been recognised as a 2020 Responsible Business Champion by Business in the Community for its efforts to support refugees into meaningful employment.   The award recognises Grant Thornton UK...

Breaking Barriers are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Trustees to the Board.

Sue Corbett – Chair of Trustees – on their appointment: “We are delighted to welcome three new trustees to Breaking Barriers.  Hani Kablawi is Chairman of International at BNY Mellon, Julia Onslow-Cole is Partner at Fragomen LLP and Prudence...

Having made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend our delivery in April, we are happy to announce that we re-opened in June to provide remote support to clients.

By suspending delivery we were able to focus on adapting our services to a remote model and understanding how to best meet the emerging needs of people from a refugee background during and after this crisis. A key part...

Supporting our clients | The impact of COVID 19 on refugees and those from refugee background in London

In order to better understand the needs of our clients at this time Breaking Barriers has conducted a needs assessment on our client base. The assessment focuses on the effects of Covid-19 on employment, priority needs, and access to...

An award winning partnership with IKEA

We are absolutely delighted that our partner IKEA Group is the winner of the Institute of Fundraising Social Purpose Award in the National Fundraising Awards 2020, and we’re so proud of the role that our partnership played in this....

Our commitment to tackling racism and inequality

Like most people we watched the injustice of George Floyd’s death with horror and disgust. We have followed closely the growing protests around the world in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. As a team we wanted to...

Cast Your Vote for Breaking Barriers in the My Favourite Voucher Codes Charity Poll

Vote for us! At Breaking Barriers, we want all refugees in London to gain the knowledge, confidence and experience in order for them to gain fulfilling and stable employment. Our unique approach ensures that refugees are found meaningful employment,...

“5 Minutes With …” Interviews to celebrate our 5th Birthday

5 Minutes With… To celebrate our 5th Birthday, we spent 5 minutes with 5 key faces (virtually, of course) from our first five years. So take a 5 minute break to check out the interviews below, and keep an...