Breakthrough Cyber Cafe

Creative Support has provided a day service in Manchester called ‘Breakthrough’ since 1997. The Breakthrough service offers a special range of resources for development and social opportunities based around a range of leisure, health, education and training activities. The service is located in the city centre and has a cyber café, lounge area and activity rooms: a kitchen, art room, photography room, holistic therapies room and computer room.

Members have individualised programmes of activities to meet their needs and interests and build on their strengths. The Breakthrough service provides valued and stimulating activities to promote the independence and active participation of the members, these include: computer lessons, reading, creative writing, singing and music groups, art and photography, sculpture, cooking, and health and wellbeing sessions.

The Breakthrough project is open five days a week and also offers evening social events and trips on Saturdays and bank holidays. They hold workshops on topics such as healthy eating and community safety, as well as special events such as art exhibitions, parties and regular holidays in the Lake District. The project provides a warm and friendly environment where people can develop and feel included and part of a community. For more information, visit the Breakthrough blog.


The Breakthrough Cyber Café is based in the Head Office building in a high quality café serving light refreshments and drinks, with computer facilities and educational services for our members’ use. The service provides stimulating and enjoyable activities in a comfortable social environment in Manchester city centre.

The Cyber Café offers quality snacks and drinks; open access to computers, e-mail and the internet; computer tuition; Learn Direct training and courses; and other activities provided by the Breakthrough service: creative writing, art and craft, etc.

At the Cyber Café members can meet people, make friends, learn computer skills, develop interests, access training and enjoy delicious food in a comfortable, safe and relaxing setting.

“I like Breakthrough because I learn new things; it helps me with my writing skills in Creative Writing. I go to Drama on Fridays and I also attend the regular parties. I really liked the Halloween Party. I went into the scary room which led me to try to find out just who was in there dressed up!

I’ve also got to know lots of new people since coming to the Cyber Café. I’m now looking forward to the Christmas Party and also the Christmas meal.”
Jonathan Last, Breakthrough Service User