BBO Steps to Work are the lead organisation on two Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Projects which aim to help people overcome their barriers and reach their individual goals with expert help and guidance. If you would like to speak to us about either of these projects, you can call us on 01922 627555 or view our list of partner organisations here to find out who you can speak to about accessing the project. The BRIDGES Project Steps to Work are the lead organisation on the BRIDGES project, which covers the Black Country area offering support for people to overcome their barriers no matter and move closer to the job market. Steps to Work has received over £10.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to run the project for three years, alongside 29 partner organisations across the Black Country. EVOLVE Steps to Work are the lead organisation on the Evolve project, which offers the same support to participants in East Staffordshire. It covers Cannock, East Staffordshire, Lichfield and Tamworth. The project has received over £3 million from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to run the project for three years alongside 18 partner organisations across East Staffordshire. Home BRIDGES Evolve Blog Case Studies Our Funders Sign Up Our Delivery Partners BBO A big boost in confidence for Dawn “I feel much less anxious when attending Steps to Work sites, this has improved my confidence.” Dawn has been out of work for almost 2 years, during this time her confidence has dramatically declined. With the lack of confidence and severe anxiety problems Dawn has withdrawn herself from society and has put all her time and energy into caring for her dad and her friend. Previously a cleaner with the NHS Manor Hospital, which was a job she enjoyed, Dawn was unable to continue in the job due to anxiety. Dawn is very nervous when meeting people in authority especially when attending Job Centre appointments and is very nervous when going to new places especially when she is on her own. She required the support of Bridges to help her to begin to overcome these barriers. After 121 mentoring face to face and via telephone and has been showing continued progression. As a short term target we discussed starting the Learn My Way course at Work on the Horizon. Dawn was very nervous as she hasn’t been to Bloxwich in a number of years however said she felt ready to step out of her comfort zone. We created route planners so she knew where to go. Dawn is now about 5 weeks into her Learn my Way course, she still requires a lot of support however she has come a long way. During her first appointment her anxiety was very noticeable,however once introduced to the tutor who also put her at ease she felt confident enough to start the course. Dawn is now progressing very well on the computer course, she doesn’t feel as anxious as she is getting use to attending and the other people in the group and is finding her self mixing more with other people which is something that she doesn’t usually have the confidence to do.