In the last two years, we’ve supported some amazing campaigners on their journey to deliver transformational change.

So we asked current and past Accelerator campaigners what they think of the programme and what their campaigns have achieved. Read their testimonials below.

 

CAN’T BUY MY SILENCE – ZELDA PERKINS

Can’t Buy My Silence is a global campaign to end the misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), born out of Zelda Perkins’ experience of signing an NDA with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in 1998.

“The Accelerator does what it says on the tin: our campaign has definitely accelerated. I genuinely couldn’t have made it through the last two years without the support of Breakthrough.

“From giving me the space to moan when I need to or drafting letters on my behalf to stop my ever-expanding to-do list from growing even more – the support that Breakthrough has given me has been transformational on a personal, emotional, and practical level.

“It can be extremely challenging running a successful campaign on your own and you can only get so far without an understanding of the processes and systems that you’re fighting and how they work. The added layer of strategy and political knowledge that Breakthrough provides is invaluable to a successful campaign.”

We worked with Zelda to devise a campaign strategy for Can’t Buy My Silence that would shift opinion among lawmakers and the business and legal communities. And it’s working: the UK government has outlawed abusive NDAs in the higher education sector, bodies like the Bar Council have backed legislative change, and the campaign is only gaining momentum.

 


 

NANNY SOLIDARITY NETWORK

The Nanny Solidarity Network is a grassroots and worker-led network fighting to protect and expand the rights of childcare workers, and to hold childcare apps to account.

“Breakthrough’s support has given us more clarity about the ways in which we can make change happen. It’s also helped to make us feel more powerful too.

“It’s very empowering to have people like Breakthrough on your side, supporting you and advising you, but letting you lead the way.

“Organisations like Breakthrough exist and they can help you, be it through coaching or workshops. They can support you to succeed.”

We are working with the Nanny Solidarity Network to plan their first big public campaign to ensure nannies and au pairs always receive the minimum wage.

 


 

COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT CAMPAIGN – JEMMAR SAMUELS

The Collective Punishment Campaign was set up by Jemmar Samuels to address the impact of parental imprisonment on families and children in the UK.

“I’ve always had an interest in politics and government but Breakthrough has helped to improve my understanding of politics. They’ve helped to make me a better strategist and supported me to create a campaign strategy that will ensure that change is enacted.

“I hate to be dramatic but I’m quite a spiritual person and I literally prayed for the kind of support that Breakthrough has given me.

“Breakthrough’s support has been a game-changer for my campaign and the kind of change that I want to see. So for the everyday person out there that has direct experience of an issue and wants to create change, Breakthrough are the perfect people to come to for help.”

We worked with Jemmar to establish the campaign’s messaging. Together we’ve made sure Jemmar and her campaign are in the right rooms with the right people, including the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime and the London Violence Reduction Unit.

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THE IMPACT 
OF CAMPAIGNING

SUPPORTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED INJUSTICE TO 
LEAD, GROW, WIN CAMPAIGNS

We are BREAKTHROUGH: a pioneering campaign accelerator. We provide campaign groups and community leaders with world-class support, strategy and skills to win transformational social change.

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EXPERIENCE

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CHANGE

OUR APPROACH

We seek out and work alongside high potential groups or individuals who have personal experience of injustice, to campaign on some of the most urgent social issues of our time. That’s because we believe people with direct experience should be at the heart of leading change.

The BREAKTHROUGH Experience is unique:

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We’ve developed a pioneering five-stage campaign lifecycle, which we coach and guide people through. This means you’ll have the skills, knowledge and support every step of the way.

THE RIGHT
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Together, we create a strategy to win – combining digital mobilisation, building your movement, influencing decision-makers and making waves in the press. We have a unique combination of experience and knowledge, allowing us to craft bespoke strategies that drive impact.

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3
We connect you to an unparalleled network of activists, lawyers, creatives, journalists and advisors – to give you world-class advice and support. You’ll have access to teammates with exceptional talent.

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OUR PROGRAMMES

Breakthrough's
Accelerator:


Our flagship programme, the Accelerator is a year-long bootcamp for campaigners who have huge potential and want to get serious about making change. This intensive programme turns budding campaigns into forces to be reckoned with.

Breakthrough's
Catalyst:


We identify high potential groups or leaders with direct experience and help them to build a coalition of support, and launch a campaign with huge impact.

Breakthrough's
Consultancy:


Outside of our main programmes, we offer bespoke coaching, development and support to campaigners and organisations who want to increase the impact of their work.

Breakthrough's
Insights:


We share our wealth of knowledge and experience through events and workshops to train fellow campaigners and our sector peers.

Breakthrough's
Accelerator:


Our flagship programme, the Accelerator is a year-long bootcamp for campaigners who have huge potential and want to get serious about making change. This intensive programme turns budding campaigns into forces to be reckoned with.

Breakthrough's
Catalyst:


We identify high potential groups or leaders with direct experience and help them to build a coalition of support, and launch a campaign with huge impact.

Breakthrough's
Consultancy:


Outside of our main programmes, we offer bespoke coaching, development and support to campaigners and organisations who want to increase the impact of their work.

Breakthrough's
Insights:


We share our wealth of knowledge and experience through events and workshops to train fellow campaigners and our sector peers.

OUR CAMPAIGNS

We are proud to work with groups and individuals who have direct experience of the injustice they are campaigning to change.

Here are a few of the campaigns we’re supporting through our Accelerator programme – click on their profiles to find out more about them.

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