Caleb’s Employment Story

Caleb’s Employment Story Support from Breakthrough and the Prince’s Trust has led client Caleb to a new career in retail with Marks and Spencer. Caleb said, “I was trying to get into Marks and Spencer, and they supported me with my application form, and I felt encouraged and confident.” Following a negative experience at a [Continue reading…]

Youth Choices gives Adam a confidence boost

Youth Choices gives Adam a confidence boost After completing courses in interactive media and computer science at college, Adam ended up working for a sportswear shop but disliked it. He met Breakthrough’s Youth Choices Co-ordinator Richard and decided to try the course, which gives young disabled people support with getting into employment. He said, “I [Continue reading…]

Lorraine Gradwell Memorial Lecture

Lorraine Gradwell Memorial Lecture On Friday 8th March, an Memorial Lecture was held in memory of our own Lorraine Gradwell, Breakthrough’s former Chief Executive and co-founder. The event was organised between ourselves and our colleagues at the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP). The lecture included a film presentation by Dr Jenny Morris called [Continue reading…]

Manchester International Festival teams up with Breakthrough

Manchester International Festival teams up with Breakthrough Are you a disabled person who has an interest in the arts and creative industries? We’re thrilled that Manchester International Festival has asked Breakthrough to work with them to set up a Disabled Persons Engagement Group (DPEG). The group will work on the Factory project, see link for further information https://mif.co.uk/thefactory/ . [Continue reading…]

Volunteering a lifeline for Colin

Volunteering a lifeline for Colin Colin – “If you’ve got someone to walk with you side by side – you’re able to go anywhere then.” Colin third from right back row, and the Pathways clients he works with. Colin Nelson is a familiar and much loved face around Breakthrough staff and clients. Colin began volunteering [Continue reading…]

Women’s events a great success

Women’s events a great success Two events aimed at disabled women and organisations working with them, have been a great success. Democracy Disability & Devolution is a Breakthrough UK project funded by the Government Equalities Office – the Women’s Vote Centenary Project. The events were held at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Breaking Barriers to Disabled [Continue reading…]

Tell us about your experiences of NHS Health Screening!

Tell us about your experiences of NHS Health Screening! Breakthrough UK is working with Manchester Health and Care Commissioning to understand disabled people’s experiences of accessing NHS Health Screening Programmes. Sharing your experiences will assist commissioners to make screening as accessible as possible to local disabled people Please complete our anonymous survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZQ7JMDZ  The survey [Continue reading…]

Talent Match video showcases successes

Talent Match video showcases successes As Breakthrough’s Talent Match programme comes to an end it’s time to reflect on what a great success the project has been. Since 2014, we have had Talent Coaches working with more than 60 young people from across Greater Manchester, all of whom were out of work or education for [Continue reading…]

J2E Openshaw – Ann Alexander – Nursing Assistant

J2E Openshaw – Ann Alexander – Nursing Assistant Ann came along to J2E in Openshaw last year after her Work Coach at the Job Centre suggested she would benefit from attending the course. Ann said, “I was in a really bad place and couldn’t move out of the house. My mental health wasn’t good and [Continue reading…]

Breaking down the barriers to health screening

Breaking down the barriers to health screening Are you a disabled person living in Manchester? Are you happy to talk about any of your experiences in being invited for a health test, or having a test done? The screening programmes we are asking about are: Screening in pregnancy Cervical screening (smear tests) Breast screening Bowel [Continue reading…]