Breaking Down the Barriers is a project that reaches out to the most marginalised and excluded in our society. We provide support for people to enhance their skills, recognise skills they have which they are unaware and learn new skills. We do this by providing 1:1 and group support so that people re-build their confidence and regain their self-esteem and sense of self-worth. The funding will pay for Project staff to work alongside people with a disability, mental health issues or other additional need. To help people to plan for their future, move forward in their life and to move towards and into employment or education.
The issues we are trying to solve
Prior to the arrival of the CO-VID 19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown Northampton was a thriving and bustling town with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
However, despite this relative full employment: for the number of people with complex and multiple needs that we supported they still struggled to access the labour market. This meant that they remained in poverty and had little positivity about their future.
Since the pandemic and subsequent lockdown this has greater isolated the people who we support. Despite our best efforts and with a lack of funding we have struggled to re-engage people and we believe that those people need much more intensive support now.
How we will do it
We plan to use any funding we raise to provide intensive 1:1 and online group support for those who are disenfranchised and socially isolated. We will do this by providing people with telephone support, online individual and group support sessions to help people to plan for their future and move towards employment. In addition we will utlise the services of our in-house qualified Music Therapist to carry out 1:1 (socially distanced) sessions with those who would most benefit in addition to group experiential music sessions which aim to build confidence, self-esteem and a real sense of achievement.
What our clients say about us:
"In a previous position I was a manager and was then diagnosed with fibromyalgia. My life stopped. But now I feel able to look for the right employer who can take on the challenges I have".
"Coming here, everyone was so welcoming and warm"
"By coming here it’s given me a lot more confidence. I find it inspiring".
"We did some really useful exercises to help build up motivation and it helped me realise my abilities"
Here is what your donation could do:
- £13 gives someone an uplifting advice and guidance session with one of our inspirational advisors
- £25 gives someone a life-changing 1:1 session with our amazing Music Therapist
- £100 gives 5 of the most socially isolated and disadvantaged people a fun, engaging and collaborative music making experience or craft workshop
We need to raise £6,500 to fund a four month programme to reach and inspire 40 people to reach for the stars.