Welcome on board
A day in the life of Breaking Barriers: meet the refugees and volunteers at our Advice Centre

Our fourth weekly advice centre at the John Morris House Community Centre saw us help with university and job applications, interview preparation and IT skills in Clapham with the help of our team of specialist volunteers.

Alzalden*, a young refugee from Syria, worked on his personal statement and UCAS application for Computer Engineering at university, helped by Margaret.

New to the advice centre, Mohammad discussed his employment history and set goals with Mieke and Susan.

Mahmood dropped in to work on his CV and explore job openings with Sally, while his wife Adiba registered with Breaking Barriers, also treating us all to some delicious homemade food.

Stella worked with our newest volunteer Harriet on IT skills, while her two-year-old taught Suzanne a thing or two about colouring between the lines.

Daniel powered through several job applications with Lucy, and Simi – who also volunteers with Breaking Barriers and helps to run the advice centre – received some mentoring from Helen in the afternoon.

Thank you to the John Morris House Community Centre for providing space and facilities.

If you’re a refugee and you’re looking for advice about training or employment, please get in touch to arrange an appointment at the Centre, or simply drop-in on Thursdays between 10am and 3.30pm.

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Centre, please visit our volunteering page.

To donate in support of our work please go here.

*Please note some names have been changed to protect the identity of our clients

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