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 Happier Person Thanks to Bridges “The Bridges project has changed my life. Now I am a happier person, my self- confidence is now developing and I love myself more. I would recommend the Bridges project to anyone” Claire Duckhouse, a single mother of 3, came to the Bridges Project after being unemployed for over 5 years. Claire had worked in numerous sectors including retail and in a pub. On meeting Claire it was obvious that she lacked self- confidence. Claire told her BRIDGES project officer that she was a very confident person, but after suffering years of domestic violence she lost all her confidence and she believed that she was “no good”. This lack of self – confidence has prevented Claire from pursuing her long term goal, which is to become a child-minder or a nursery nurse. An action plan was developed for Claire, which included confidence building sessions and enrolling on the Child Care Level 1 course. Presently Claire is attending these sessions/course and her project officer says he has seen a significant change in her. In a one to one session Claire told him that her confidence is now starting to develop and once again she is starting to love and believe in herself. She further states that her children seem to be much happier because she is now able to be more affectionate to them. Claire attributes these positive changes to the supports she is receiving from being on the Bridges project. Claire says: “signing up to the Bridges project was the best thing I have ever done. This project is helping me to build my self- confidence, to become more sociable and to meet my long term career goal, where I would be able to adequately provide for my family. I would definitely recommend the Bridges project to anyone who wants to give up on him or herself”.