Project information

Pathways Independent Living and Pre Employment

Pathways courses develop independent living skills and/or employability over 8 weeks. Small groups of disabled adults learn together, meeting in accessible venues as a peer support network across Greater Manchester. Training aims to make a lasting positive difference, building confidence and skills

May 2018 - April 2019

Charity information: Breakthrough U.k. Ltd

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  • Need


    Disabled people face barriers to daily living and mainstream education employment and training, scoring initially on average:
    • <4/10 for managing money and handling letters and forms
    • <5/10 for job-search skills
    • <5/10 for how they spend their time
    • <5/10 for safety, at home and when travelling
    • <5/10 for feeling good
    • <5/10 for daily independent living skills
    Disabled people face higher than average digital and financial exclusion, isolation and loneliness, and prejudice/ discrimination


    Groups of 10 clients access interactive training: 3 hour courses for 8 weeks developing:
    Independent Living Skills:
    Self-advocacy, Community Connecting, Health & Wellbeing, Budgeting, Kitchen Skills, Travel,
    Social Skills & Next steps
    Transferrable skills, World of work, Looking for Opportunities, CVs / Applications, Social Skills, Interview techniques, Mock Interviews & Next steps.
    Peer Support: Groups of self-organising disabled people offer reciprocal support as a network

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    75% of participants will have an increased desire to work after understanding the benefits of work


    » Participants will learn about the world of work, the range of options and reasonable adjustments available
    » Participants will be inspired by their peers to consider a job aligned with their interests
    » Participants will gain opportunities to attend job fairs for example.

    What success will look like

    Participants will reflect on their motivation to work, scoring themselves before and after the project on Outcomes Stars scales from 1 to 10

    Aim 2

    75% of participants will increase their confidence and aspirations


    » A specialist will offer motivational coaching to develop aspirations and courses will develop skills using realistic action planning
    » Positive peer support based on shared experience will help participants identify and build the skills to achieve their aims
    » Opportunities such as voluntary placements will focus on what a disabled person can do

    What success will look like

    Participants will reflect on confidence and aspirations, scoring themselves before and after the project on Outcomes Stars scales from 1 to 10

    Aim 3

    75% of participants will increase independent living & job-related skills


    » Tried and tested methods will develop basic daily skills, such as a practical cooking session and transferable skills needed for work
    » Work and voluntary experience will increase skills

    What success will look like

    Participants will reflect on independent living & job-related skills, scoring themselves before and after the project on Outcomes Stars scales from 1 to 10

    Aim 4

    50% of participants will increase their employability with volunteering


    » Participants interested in volunteering will gain support to identify opportunities and engage in volunteering, covering expenses
    » Volunteer involving organisations can access guidance on identifying and removing barriers to become more accessible. Organisations can be referees

    What success will look like

    Participants who secure volunteering will review their employability (eg. gaining references) with placements recorded on the database

    Aim 5

    20% of participants will find meaningful employment.


    » Independent living skill courses ensure that participants have stability in their lives as a foundation from which to work
    » Employability courses cover Transferable skills, World of work, Looking for Opportunities, CVs/ Applications, Social Skills and Interview technique
    » Participants can have a mock interview and feedback to help prepare for interviews and assessments, so they present themselves well
    » Participants who become ready to work will be supported through recruitment processes as well as in work, so employment can be sustained

    What success will look like

    Participants employment outcomes will be recorded on the database (including duration of employment)

  • Impact


    Pathways will measure clients progress in different areas of life such as self-esteem, sense of direction, confidence, connections, skills and motivation, increasing outcome star scores. This will better equip people to pursue independence and employment which improves peoples’ participation in society, human rights, well-being and quality of life whilst reducing welfare dependency. Employers and organisations will learn how to identify and remove barriers and become more accessible


    Having delivered the project since 2016 we are familiar managing and controlling different risks, including initial client risk assessments. We have a sound model and referral pathways. Breakthrough has an established management and safeguarding processes systems and procedures. We have strong contacts and relationships to ensure we have the venues and resources to deliver the courses and provide support.


    We will gather quotes photographs and case studies as well as the data we will collect and analyse. We will write letters to donors and produce e-bulletins as well as for social media and website content.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £38,550

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,146 Staffing Salary, employer NI and pension contributions
      £5,632 Client support Beneficiary Support costs 1 to 1 support
      £3,531 Overheads Project Management Administative and Finance Support
      £1,800 Professional Workshop external tutor costs
      £1,800 Venues Accessible Room Hire charges
      £260 Comms Telephone and IT charges
      £205 Expenses Travel expenses
      £176 Client expenses Beneficiary Travel Expenses

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Lloyds £23,564 Guaranteed
    Tesco Groundwork Bags of Help £1,000 Guaranteed
    Alchemy Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
    The Mountbatten Memorial Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    High Lee Trust, Sale Mayoral Fund £750 Guaranteed
    Lynn Foundation £500 Guaranteed
    Lee Bakirgian £400 Guaranteed
    Searchlight £50 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is held at accessible venues across Greater Manchester. Manchester has an unemployment rate of 7.3%, consistently higher than the UK average and Manchester is the 5th most deprived local authority in England. However Manchester has potential opportunities and resources in the form of other community facilities and groups.


    Disabled adults across Greater Manchester who face barriers to independent living and employment will benefit from the project. Their families can indirectly benefit. Organisations will be supported to improve accessibility, those who recruit a participant will benefit from the contributions of their new employee/ Volunteer.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With 20 years experience promoting the rights, responsibilities and respect of disabled people, Breakthrough uses the social model of disability to identify and remove social, physical and attitudinal barriers to disabled people’s independent living and mainstream employment. Breakthrough’s values and behaviours inform award winning and holistic, accessible and engaging services upholding people’s autonomy, choice and control. We use lived experience to provide 1:1 and peer support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Fiona organises and delivers responsive accessible and inclusive courses and support that identifies and meets access or learning needs and outcomes


    The Co-ordinators Line Manager will monitor performance and review reports generated from the database and support decision making and governance.


    TLT solicitors delivered mock interviews to support job seekers to prepare to answer interview quesions and present themselves, offering feedback


    Specialist professionals will deliver particular workshops where they have expertise eg. money management or cooking