We are very grateful to the philanthropists and grant-making trusts and foundations which play a pivotal role in the work of Breaking Barriers to provide tailored support to refugees. It is their generosity that enables us to support over 500 refugees every year.

“We’re proud to support Breaking Barriers because we believe it has the model all charities should aspire to - changing lives for the better but in a commercial, sustainable way. They have an outstanding team and business model and the potential to be a nationwide force for social and economic progress in the UK in the coming decade”.

Nick Campsie - Chairman, The Madison Foundation

The unemployment rate for refugees is four times higher than the national average, with many facing challenges to employment including insufficient language skills and long gaps on the CV caused by the lengthy asylum process.

With your help we can provide individualised support to refugees so they can overcome these barriers and acquire the knowledge, confidence and experience needed to secure stable and fulfilling employment.

As a supporter of Breaking Barriers, you will enable us to increase our impact and make a real difference to refugees in London. Our plans for growth depend on philanthropic support and we hope you will join us in helping the many refugees in London who rely on our services to build a better future.

  • A dedicated member of staff to support you in your giving, keep you updated on our work, share good news and answer your questions
  • Regular updates that show the impact your gift has made
  • An invitation to meet with Breaking Barrier’s CEO, Matthew Powell
  • The opportunity to visit the programmes you fund and see our work first-hand
  • Invitations to events and briefings

Here's how your support could help refugees in London:


£1,500 could help fund a young refugee, aged 18 – 25, to enter employment, higher education or training


£5,000 could pay for eight refugees to attend an English language class for 6-8 weeks, helping overcome one of the biggest barriers to finding work.


£25,000 could pay for an Employment Adviser to provide tailored support and guidance to refugees over a year.

“The Rank Foundation began a relationship with Breaking Barriers back in 2017, funding a Time to Shine internship post. Breaking Barriers turned this into a complete success, and we have watched the organisation grow immensely over the past two years. The Foundation has subsequently funded another Time to Shine post and also a Rank Aspire Programme position within the organisation, whom Breaking Barriers have clearly nurtured and supported. We are excited to see the rate at which Breaking Barriers is growing in the Third Sector, and what a significant impact they are having in the London Refugee community.”

Caroline Broadhurst, Deputy Chief Executive, Rank Foundation

Our Community of Partners Supporting refugees

To become a supporter of Breaking Barriers and see how your gift can change lives, please contact Chris Munroe, Head of Philanthropy on 07795 539 510 or email