"Working means I'm learning new things - it builds your confidence, is good for your health and you make new friends! I could not have done it without Breakthrough"

If you think you might benefit from our support, or would like more information, you can contact us at [email protected], phone us on 0161 234 3950, text directly to 0793 994 3383 or drop in to our office in person.

You can also download our referral form.

We are funded by Manchester City Council Learning Disability team to provide person-centred support for people who consider themselves to have learning difficulties to find work and live independently. This means we focus on the goals and barriers when each individual client identifies for themselves.

Our clients can face a wide range of disabling barriers which make it harder for them to find long-term employment in a situation that works for them. We will support them to increase their independence and to navigate and remove these barriers.

This support is provided in a variety of ways, to employers and well as would be employees, including:

  • One to one support from a dedicated adviser
  • Supporting clients into education or training
  • Work and voluntary placements, and in-work training
  • Training on the Social Model of Disability and independent living

In addition, we run a custom-made training course to develop essential skills and provide peer support, called The Pathway.

This is made up of two parallel eight week courses of weekly group sessions. The first is focussed on independent living skills, the second is more directly focussed on pre-employment skills and getting ready to enter the workplace. Clients are given the freedom to identify their own needs, aspirations and the barriers that currently stand in their way, and are encouraged to use their shared experience to support one another. Pathways is funded with the support of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

We make sure our clients don't just find work, but they find work which is sustainable, which they want to do, as part of a situation in which they can live independently.