We are raising money to open a Delivery Centre in North London, to enable more refugees to access our employment advice and guidance.
We are Breaking Barriers, and our vision is for all refugees to acquire the knowledge, confidence and experience they need to secure stable, fulfilling employment that matches their skills and qualifications.
We offer flexible, bespoke 1:1 employment advice and guidance in a number of locations across London, as well as free English language, ICT and numeracy classes. We also partner with over 20 businesses who offer sector-specific advice in the form of workshops and mentoring, together with paid work placements and permanent job opportunities.
We are raising money to open a new Delivery Centre in North London to support refugees. The new centre will help us to serve refugee in the local area and surrounding communities that are currently unable to access our services. To date, we have supported over 1000 refugees from our Delivery Centres in South, East and West London, but we know that there is a vital need for our support in North London.
“Before I joined Breaking Barriers’ IT class, I didn’t know how to turn on a computer. In the class, I learnt how to send emails, use Word, send photos and make PowerPoint presentations…I now know how to find a job by searching online. Breaking Barriers were like a family. They welcomed me and have given me so much confidence” .
Elizabeth – Breaking Barriers Client
Our programme transforms the lives of refugees. Since we were founded in 2015 we have supported more than 1000 refugees and formed partnerships with more than 20 businesses across London. In the year ending May 2019:
- We supported 572 clients.
- 56% of clients who actively engaged with our support achieved an outcome (entering employment, education, volunteering or training) – where EU guidelines state that a successful programme of this sort would achieve a rate of 33%.
- 94% of clients reported that our support increased their confidence.
- 46 of our clients gained work experience with our corporate partners.
- We were supported by 424 volunteers.
With your help, we can support hundreds more refugees living in North London and the surrounding areas, who are currently unable to access our services. We will deliver our bespoke, intensive Employment support from this new centre, which is the cornerstone to our work and will help some of the most marginalised people in society to rebuild their lives through stable, fulfilling employment that matches their skills and qualifications.