Statutory funding

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Statutory funding has been pivotal for our successful growth. It’s unlocked opportunities for us to scale up our work and support more refugees to find meaningful employment and build a better life for themselves in the UK.

For more information about statutory funding please contact Tristan Paton, Head of Trusts and Statutory: [email protected]


Bahaa's story

"Having overseas work experience is nice, but when starting your employment journey in a new country it’s a big challenge to convince HR that you have the right experience and skills to do the job properly.

Breaking Barriers supported me with all that I asked for. What do you need? How to write an impressive CV, portfolio or covering letter? Maybe you need some clothes for an interview? Or perhaps you need new friends!? Oh! Maybe you need financial support?

The day after I got a new laptop from Breaking Barriers, I had an interview with the biggest construction company in the UK, and the top 10 in the world, to work as a structural engineer in railways. My heart was beating rapidly when I picked up the call from the company. It was my best luck ever. I just got the job I love where I love!"

Previously funded work

Rebuilding Refugee Lives Through Work Project

Thanks to the funding from the European Social Fund, over two years we will provide support to 385 refugees living in London, like Bahaa, by helping them to gain the skills, confidence and experience needed to obtain stable and fulfilling employment.

We work with unemployed refugees supporting them into work as well as economically inactive people who want to move into employment.

Catalyst Project

Catalyst – Supporting Integration Across the Capital Project provides employment support to aid successful integration to refugees and people under other forms of protection who have right to work in the UK and live in London. We work with people over 16 years old.

The funding means that we can offer bespoke employment support and English language and IT training services which meet the individual needs of our refugee clients. Our advisers and volunteers help clients gain the skills, confidence and experience needed to obtain stable and better paid employment that is more suited to their skills and aspirations.

Through the Catalyst Project we will provide employment support to 678 refugees in London.

The project is part funded by the European Union Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.


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