Stories - Breaking Barriers


Find out what we've been up to, and discover first-hand stories from refugees, volunteers and our partners


Three new partners!

We are proud to welcome three new, exciting and innovative partnerships with Macquarie, Paypal and St. Giles Hotels!


Mariam’s story

After arriving in the UK from Sudan, Mariam has gained the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming a fantasy makeup artist. Listen to her story and watch her work on a fantasy makeup look.


Comfort’s story

In Nigeria, Comfort had her own successful business, but in the UK she had no idea how to find work. Now, with the right support system she is working as a support worker - this is her story. 


Ahmad’s story

After arriving in the UK, Ahmad experienced hardship living in limbo. Now, with a new sense of security, he is on a graduate scheme to pursue his dream. This is his story.


A very fond farewell

The time has come for Matt Powell, our Founder and CEO, to leave Breaking Barriers.


National Poetry Day: Refuge

Our wonderful employment adviser, Seraye, wrote this poem inspired by the experiences of refugees she has worked and volunteered with over the years.


A year of impact

We’ve had our best year yet, and a lot of that success is thanks to you - our supporters.