Manchester Lived Experience Leaders

We are a team of 13 Deaf and disabled people working to change things in Manchester. We started work in April 2023 and we are funded for three years by Manchester City Council. Our co-ordinator is Michelle de Oude. Our aims are to: Work with system leaders to change things Undertake peer group work on [Continue reading…]

Information Design Workshops with disabled people on Community Diagnostic Centres

We are holding two workshops on 1st and 15th June for local disabled people and people with health conditions in Manchester or Trafford around the new Community Diagnostic Centres. At these meetings for local disabled people and people with health conditions, we will talk about the new NHS Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) in Manchester.  The [Continue reading…]

Long COVID Peer Support Project

Long Covid is a new health condition. Long Covid is used to describe a range of symptoms people experience weeks or months after they recover from Covid-19. Some people have reported experiencing several symptoms; others report just one or two. No-one knows how many people are living with Long Covid in this country or across [Continue reading…]

Research to maximise benefits of innovative employment interventions

Research led by University of Strathclyde will investigate the impact of employment interventions normally used to support those with severe mental health conditions on wider population groups. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) and Supported Employment (SE) are structured policy interventions that help individuals find and maintain paid employment, bringing significant benefits to individuals and society. [Continue reading…]

Our Tribute to Tracey Bell

Everyone at Breakthrough who knew her was devastated to learn of the death of a long serving and incredibly popular member of staff, Tracey Bell, on 5th August. We all send our deepest condolences to Tracey’s family and friends. Tracey firstly worked with us on the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme and then as a [Continue reading…]

Breakthrough’s Chair Jackie Driver Awarded an OBE

Congratulations to our Chair Jackie Driver who was awarded an OBE in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours. The Cabinet Office announced Jackie as a recipient of an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire award (OBE) for “services to hearing impaired people, equality, diversity and inclusion”. We are delighted to see that [Continue reading…]