As part of Burberry’s commitment to helping displaced Afghan refugees, Burberry is supporting Breaking Barriers, an organisation assisting them with finding employment in the UK.
The donation will help cover critical support for hundreds of refugees, enabling both unemployed and young people to participate in the BB First Steps and BB Futures programmes to receive tailored advice, support and training to secure job opportunities.
Through in-kind donations, we are also launching a pilot IT and Work Clothing Scheme with Breaking Barriers, to help equip and empower communities to enter and thrive within the UK.
Matt Powell, CEO and Founder, Breaking Barriers: “We are facing an urgent and growing need for refugee employment support in the UK. There is no national strategy to support refugees to take their first steps into work and this leads to high unemployment and exclusion. We are hugely grateful for Burberry’s support so we can respond to the immediate and long-term issue of refugee unemployment in the UK. Our partnership will empower people of refugee background to acquire the skills, confidence and knowledge to integrate in UK society and rebuild their lives.”
Learn more about Breaking Barriers’ mission here: https://lnkd.in/dCWv7UVc
In addition, as part of another partnership, to support the International Rescue Committee to provide access to critical information, healthcare, financial assistance and emergency education programmes for Afghan refugees around the world.
Pam Batty, VP of Corporate Responsibility, Burberry: “Meaningful support for Afghan refugees to access vital tools, services and resources is critical and will truly help to change lives. We are grateful to the teams continuing to champion these efforts, empowering those affected to rebuild their futures.”
Learn more about the IRC’s work here: http://www.Rescue-UK.org
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