Breakthrough UK celebrates its 10th anniversary

Stephen Twigg and Michele Scattergood

In winter 2012, national disability charity Breakthrough UK is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Liverpool. It has enabled more than 1,000 disabled adults to find employment or training.

Breakthrough UK is celebrating its 10th anniversary working to support disabled adults across Merseyside.

The charity has enabled more than 1,000 people to lead fulfilled and independent lives since it opened its offices in Liverpool in 2002.

Breakthrough UK specialises in tackling discrimination and removing barriers to disabled people’s representation in society by promoting employment or further training.

Over the past decade, its Liverpool team has assisted 229 disabled adults to find full-time paid employment while also enabling a further 276 people to secure voluntary- based placements.

In addition, the Liverpool office – which consists of six full-time staff members – has also worked with 464 disabled people to find training or educational opportunities which meet their needs.

Acting Chief Executive Michele Scattergood said: “This is a landmark anniversary for our Liverpool team which provides an outstanding service to disabled adults across Merseyside.

“The team is achieving some superb results in promoting employment in the face of some the toughest economic conditions ever experienced.

“But their enthusiasm and knowledge of Merseyside is ensuring that disabled people across that region can make their own decisions about how they live their lives.”

Since April, the Liverpool office has already assisted eight disabled adults find full-time employment – while also enabling 32 people to find voluntary placements and a further 34 to find job-related training.

A celebration of Breakthrough UK’s 10th anniversary in Liverpool was attended by Stephen Twigg, MP for Liverpool West Derby, and Liverpool’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar as well as those who have been assisted by Breakthrough UK and some of their employers.

Mr Twigg said: “Disabled people face barriers to employment and independence on a daily basis – this is something I’ve become acutely aware of through my regular surgeries in Liverpool.

“The work of Breakthrough UK’s Liverpool team is proving an invaluable way of overcoming this and their work is making a real difference where it matters the most.

“We now need more employers to commit themselves to delivering change by assisting disabled people to overcome the obstacles they face in the workplace on a daily basis.”

Some of the Merseyside-based employers who have worked with Breakthrough UK’s team to provide both full-time employment and work placements over the past decade were presented with certificates at the event.

These employers include: Wilkinson’s; the FRC Group; FareShare Merseyside; Liverpool Quakers; Broadgreen Hospital WRVS; Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust; and Scope.

Liverpool’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar, said: “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.

“Given the current economic conditions, the next 10 years are likely to be tough – but I have every confidence that Breakthrough UK will continue to ensure that disabled people across Merseyside lead fulfilled and independent lives.”

During the course of the event, Mr Twigg also presented Breakthrough UK with both the Silver Award and the Health and Wellbeing Award from Investors in People.

 

About Breakthrough UK

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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