Breaking Barriers

The ‘Breaking Barriers’ project is a comprehensive outreach program targeting 15 to 18-year-olds in Copeland and Allerdale, focusing on areas such as Workington, Whitehaven, Cleator Moor, Frizington, and surrounding regions. With a goal to engage and support young people who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET, the project offers a variety of activities, training, and skills development opportunities. The program includes ‘A Call To Social Action", a community-oriented initiative supported by mentors from local businesses. The project encourages small groups to identify and address community needs through a social action programme. Mentors guide the groups in project development, presentation, and implementation. Vocational and accredited training is delivered by expert partners, and the project aims to reach at least 300 young people annually.

Key Features:

  1. Weekly contact with experienced youth workers over six to nine months.
  2. Tailored support to boost confidence, develop emotional resilience, and explore individual worth.
  3. Fun and engaging activities aligned with participants' hobbies and interests.
  4. Online learning modules to prepare for future career goals.
  5. Early intervention for those at risk of disengagement post-education.
  6. Development of employability skills such as conflict resolution, communication, and critical pathway analysis.
  7. Fostering positive relationships, personal and social development, raising aspirations, and building resilience through mentorship.

Breaking Barriers is funded by the Benny Walker Charitable Trust