Breakthrough in service for Merseyside’s disabled people

(l to r) Michele Scattergood, Councillor Gary Millar and Tom Lowton

(l to r) Michele Scattergood, Councillor Gary Millar and Tom Lowton

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar, has officially opened Breakthrough UK’s new city centre office.

BREAKTHROUGH UK has relocated its Liverpool office as it looks to ensure that even more disabled adults across Merseyside can lead fulfilled and independent lives.

The not-for-profit organisation specialises in tackling discrimination and removing barriers to disabled people’s representation in society by promoting employment or further training.

Since Breakthrough UK opened an office in Liverpool in 2002, it has worked with more than 1,100 disabled adults to find full or part-time employment, work experience or training opportunities.

Michele Scattergood, chief executive of Breakthrough UK, said that its new office in Bridport Street, in the city centre, will serve as a “hub” from which its work across the whole of Merseyside will be “strengthened and coordinated”.

Ms Scattergood explained: “The Liverpool team has consistently achieved fantastic results for disabled people since it was established.

“The move to the new office in Liverpool positions us more centrally within the city and makes us even more accessible to clients who want to visit us in person.

“And as our work evolves to meet the individual requirements of disabled adults, members of our team will increasingly be working with disabled clients in their communities across Liverpool.

“This new office will be the hub from which this work is both strengthened and coordinated.”

Breakthrough UK’s new Liverpool office is based in the Merseyside Play Action Council (MPAC) building.

Until the end of last year, the organisation occupied an office in Liverpool’s Edmund Street.

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar – who officially opened the new office – said: “Disabled people face barriers to employment and independence on a daily basis and the work of Breakthrough UK’s team is proving an invaluable way of overcoming this.

“I’ve discovered first-hand that Breakthrough UK’s Liverpool team is doing an outstanding job supporting disabled people in addition to working closely with employers and other organisations which can provide training opportunities.

“Their work is making a real difference where it matters the most – and I was delighted to be asked to open their new Liverpool office.”

Breakthrough UK’s Liverpool team consists of six full-time staff members who offer disabled adults free and confidential assistance on how to: look for jobs; prepare a CV and fill in application forms; and prepare for job interviews.

It also offers guidance on how to: look for voluntary work placements; travel independently; find and access further education and training opportunities.

Breakthrough UK, formed in 1997 in partnership with Manchester City Council and local disabled people’s organisations, champions independent living and aims to empower and support disabled people to make their own choices, to access mainstream jobs and to achieve their full potential. Find out more at www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk

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