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 Community Fund and the European Social Fund to run the project for three years, alongside 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 Community Fund and the European Social Fund to run the project for three years alongside partner organisations across East Staffordshire. Home BRIDGES Evolve Blog Case Studies Our Funders Sign Up Our Delivery Partners BBO A Bright Future for Brandon My name is Brandon and I am 21 years old. I have been diagnosed with a personality disorder. Due to my fragmented mental health and the relationship breakdown with my parents, I have a CPN and mental health social worker. I became homeless due to a breakdown in my home life. I had never been homeless before and I didn’t know what to do. I was interviewed by Tamworth Cornerstone Housing Association (TCHA) and given a lifeline when they offered me accommodation. I moved into the hostel in March 2018 and started taking part in the BBO Evolve project. I found it hard at first to trust staff but with time and support, I started to open up and begin to come to terms with my fragmented relationship with my parents. My support worker at TCHA introduced me to Carol, a BBO Evolve Life Skills Worker. She has helped me to overcome my barriers and to gain the skills that I need to move closer to my personal goal of giving back to the community. In the future, I wish to be a local councillor. I have started the process by joining a political party and meeting my MP. The project has helped me with lots of things including: Money Management & Budgeting – I was helped to open up a savings account and to reduce my debts by making one monthly payment. Getting Back to Work – I have been supported to write a CV and to find some suitable training. I am now doing an online distance learning NCFE Level 2 course in Information, Advice and Guidance which will help me become a local Councillor. I have also been supported to contact my local MP who is helping me get more involved in politics. In the near future, I hope to be able to find a suitable volunteering opportunity. Plus my Life Skills Worker applied and obtained free bus travel which means more opportunities are available to me. Personal Life – I have been accompanied and supported to attend case conferences with my mental health advisor. I am also able to discuss family matters with my Keyworker which has helped me to deal with things in a calm and planned way rather than just panicking. My relationship with my family is improving as I gradually build bridges. I now represent other TCHA tenants and meet regularly with the CEO and attend Management Committee meetings. In this role, I have already been able to make a difference to others. For example, as a result of my presentation to the Management Committee, we now have Wi-Fi in the hostel lounge. I am still getting support from the BBO Evolve project at TCHA and am now in my own flat and feeling positive about the future.