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Website last updated 20th February 2009

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Visit the Metrolink Design Reference Group page to find out more about the project, what the group have been doing and how the disabled people involved were recruited.

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bullet point: The North West Joint Improvement Partnership has asked Breakthrough UK and other partners to research what is happening in relation to user-led organisations in the North West, and to find out what support user-led organisations need.

We have devised a survey to user-led organisations asking about the work they are doing and any support needs they have. We welcome feedback from as many user-led organisations as possible from across the region. The survey is available in standard and easy words versions below.

ULO Survey (Rich Text)

ULO Survey Easy Words Version (PDF)

Alternatively, please contact Gary Timperley on:

telephone: 0161 273 5412,

text phone: 0161 273 5727

e-mail: g.timperley@breakthrough-uk.co.uk .

The final return date for surveys is Friday 13th of March.

bullet point: Read our latest newsletter online: Breaking Thru’ Issue No. 36 Winter 2018/2009. Past issues can be found on our newsletter page.

bullet point: Breakthrough UK Independent Living Awards 2009

Now open for nominations and self-nominations

Breakthrough will hold the Independent Living Awards at a venue in Manchester in June 2009. These unique awards will promote and applaud organisations and initiatives which have led the way in supporting disabled people to be independent.  The award categories reflect the mainstream issues which can facilitate independence.


Award Categories:  

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Closing Date for nominations Friday 27th March 2009

For further details please download a nomination form from the links below, or contact Gary Timperley:

Email                   g.timperley@breakthrough-uk.co.uk

Telephone:          0161 273 5412

Textphone:          0161 273 5727

Download nomination form (Rich Text Format)

Download nomination form (PDF)

Download nomination form  (Plain Text)

Read about the 2017 awards on our Independent Living Awards page.

bullet point: Launch of Breakthrough UK Disability Hate Crime Research

In 2018 Breakthrough UK obtained funding from the Equality and Human Rights Commission to find out more about the way organisations define and respond to reports of hate crime.  The main aim of the study has been to develop and share greater understanding of disability hate crime, and how this compares with understanding about hate crime toward other groups.

The research is now complete and will be launched, along with the recommendations, on March 26 2009.  The event will take place at Breakthrough’s head office in Manchester.

If you would like to attend please contact Gary Timperley: 

Email: hatecrime@breakthrough-uk.co.uk

bullet point: Read about the impact of Breakthrough's work between January 2017 and March 2018. Download the full Impact Review 2017-2018 from our publications page.

bullet point: Our Chief Executive, Lorraine Gradwell MBE, has recorded a podcast for Just Plain Sense. Their podcasts promote the equality and diversity agenda. Go to 'Half an Hour with Lorraine Gradwell' to listen to her podcast (external link).

bullet point: BEVC Office Space Now Available to Rent. We currently have office space within our building in Ardwick available for rental to another small organisation. Please visit our Office Space page for further details.

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Breakthrough UK Ltd. B.E.V.C. Aked Close Ardwick Manchester M12 4AN

Telephone:                        0161 273 5412
Fax:                                     0161 274 4053
Answerphone Minicom:  0161 273 5727

Greater Manchester Information Service Email: advocacy@breakthrough-uk.co.uk

Contact details for other Breakthrough departments can be found on our Contact Us page.

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