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A year of impact

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


Breaking Barriers

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Eight years on from our foundation, and Breaking Barriers has emphatically outgrown the notion of being a ‘small’ charity.

We are now a team of 70+ people, our income has increased to over £3.75m and we have expanded beyond London by cementing our delivery in Birmingham and Greater Manchester, with long-term plans for these regions.

And in 2022-23, we had our best year yet!

We supported more refugees than ever before, who achieved more employment, education and volunteering outcomes than in previous years, all with the help of our biggest pool of volunteers to date.

We wouldn’t be in this position without every single one of you who believes that refugees deserve to find meaningful employment and build a new life in the UK.

If you refer refugees to us for employment support, partner with us to create meaningful employment opportunities, volunteer your time, donate your money, or support our work in any other way – thank you.

Scaling up an organisation isn’t always straight-forward. We have learned many lessons and professionalised an unrecognisable amount since we first started around Matt’s kitchen table all those years ago. This should stand us in good stead as we look to launch in Glasgow and Liverpool in the coming year.

We are excited for the coming years. We’re on a great trajectory, and we’ve launched our 2030 goal, which means we need your support now more than ever so that every refugee can access meaningful employment and build a new life.

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