Wearing face masks and what to do if we are exempt

Wearing face masks and what to do if we are exempt We must wear face masks now in certain places in public. For the past few months we have been asked to wear face masks when travelling on public transport or if we have to go to a medical appointment in person.  The rule was [Continue reading…]

No Going Back Report launch

No Going Back Report launch “Invest in a crucial sector or risk losing it”, say Manchester’s voluntary sector leaders Leaders of Manchester-based charities have shared their experiences of the Covid-19 crisis and their thoughts for the future in a new report produced by Macc, Manchester’s local voluntary and community sector support organisation.  Breakthrough’s CEO Michele [Continue reading…]

Tribute to DDRG member Tony Jenkins

Tribute to DDRG member Tony Jenkins The Disability Design Reference Group would like to pay tribute to a much loved member and friend, Tony Jenkins, who has recently died. Tony had been a member of the DDRG for four years, and brought with him a wealth of expertise both from a professional background in Marine [Continue reading…]

Breakthrough UK Statement on Black Lives Matter

Breakthrough UK Statement on Black Lives Matter Breakthrough UK Statement on Black Lives Matter (download an easier words version here) Breakthrough UK is a Manchester based disabled people’s organisation. We are led by disabled people, and we support other disabled people to work and live independently. Breakthrough stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter [Continue reading…]

Covid-19 Survey Report from Henshaws

Covid-19 Survey Report from Henshaws We have been asked by Henshaws to share with you their report on a survey they did with 955 visually impaired people on Covid-19. You can download the survey through the following links, which also has an accessible version available: Download the Covid-19 Henshaws Survey Report in PDF. Download the [Continue reading…]

GM Big Disability Survey results reveal pandemic has had major negative impact on mental health

GM Big Disability Survey results reveal pandemic has had major negative impact on mental health During April and May we took part in the GM Big Disability Survey along with many other Disabled People’s Organisations across Greater Manchester. The aim of the survey was to find out what the main issues are faced by disabled [Continue reading…]

Our Tribute to Cllr Sue Murphy

Our Tribute to Cllr Sue Murphy We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Cllr Sue Murphy CBE, who died on Tuesday. She has been the Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council for the last ten years. Sue was a very strong supporter of Breakthrough. She championed equality, social justice and the [Continue reading…]

Covid 19 and the rights of disabled people – statement from disabled people’s organisations and allies

Covid 19 and the rights of disabled people – statement from disabled people’s organisations and allies We are signed up to the following statement: The NHS is built on the principle that we are each equal in dignity and worth. It expresses our commitment to protect one another’s right to life and to health, no [Continue reading…]

Volunteers Week at Breakthrough

Volunteers Week at Breakthrough Volunteers’ Week 2020  We are lucky to have volunteers from a variety of different backgrounds working with us at Breakthrough. Some volunteers are clients on one of our services, and are volunteering as a way of getting valuable work experience, or to add something extra to their CV. Michael’s Volunteering Story [Continue reading…]

A tribute to Barry Edwards Manchester People First

A tribute to Barry Edwards Manchester People First It is with great sadness that we have heard the news our friend and colleague at Manchester People First, Barry Edwards, has died following a long illness last weekend.   Barry was a warm and witty person, who we worked with on projects and in groups. He was always [Continue reading…]