Stories - Breaking Barriers


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


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


What It’s Really Like To Live As A Refugee In The UK

By Susan Devaney What must it be like to have to flee your war-torn country? Or hastily leave your home and everything you know to be familiar because a family member is in danger of being murdered? Then, after dangerously crossing…