Breaking Barriers

We are a small charity that helps refugees into employment and/or further education through the implementation of a holistic approach to individual needs and personal development.

Refugees seeking work face significant barriers. We work with refugees to break these barriers down and help them find meaningful employment.


Our Vision

We believe that everyone is entitled to the same opportunites, regardless of where they come from. Refugees flee to the UK in fear; they flee from persecution; they flee from unimaginable suffering; they flee from war. By offering refugees the same opportunties as everyone else, we can empower them rebuild their lives. Refugees lived once, together we can help them live again.


What We Do

We offer a holistic service designed to make sure that refugees can find meaningful employment that is commensurate with their skills, experience and qualifications. By doing so we help their successful settlement in, and integration with, local communities.


Why We Do It

In 2013, the UK was home to 120,000 refugees and there are 20,000 new applications every year for refugee status. Although these refugees have higher levels of education, skills and qualifications than the UK average, an eagerness to work and are mostly of working age, unemployment levels in refugee communities remain above 50%, compared to 6% for the national average.



Refugees vary massively in their ability to secure gainful employment. The most common areas of need are with: English, CV writing, interview preparation, and job hunting. However, many of the refugees that seek our support would also benefit from more specialised training in areas such as accountancy, Excel, and admin.

We conduct an intensive training day for refugees each Thursday, and therefore look for volunteers who are available to support this. If you’re not available on Thursdays, don’t worry, as we also work with volunteers on a more ad hoc basis. Use the form below to let us know your availability.

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