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New HQ for Breakthrough UK

The new office in Crumpsall, north Manchester, was officially opened by Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.

The move aims to ensure that Breakthrough UK can enable even more disabled adults to lead independent lives in the future.

CEO Michele Scattergood, said, "The new head office in Crumpsall suits our needs perfectly and will ensure that we can continue to champion the best interests of disabled adults regionally and nationally. Disabled people - more than any other group - are facing increasing barriers to their independence at this point in time and Breakthrough UK's work is evolving to meet their requirements.

"Members of our team will increasingly be working with disabled clients in their communities across Greater Manchester - and elsewhere in the North West - and our new head office will be the hub from which this work is co-ordinated.”

Breakthrough UK specialises in tackling discrimination and removing barriers to disabled people's representation in society by promoting employment or further training.

Since the not-for-profit organisation was founded 16 years ago in Ardwic, east Manchester, it has worked with more than 6,000 disabled adults across the northwest to find full-time employment, work experience or training opportunities.

The organisation also lobbies in Westminster to ensure that the interests of disabled people are consistently represented nationally.

Scattergood added that Breakthrough UK is currently building up a database of fully accessible venues which her team will use for appointments.

She also paid tribute to the "support and assistance" which Manchester City Council has provided to help Breakthrough UK find the new premises.

Breakthrough UK's head office has been named "the Kevin Hyett Suite" in memory of one of the organisation's co-founders.


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