BBOSteps 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. HomeBRIDGESEvolveBlogCase StudiesOur FundersSign UpOur Delivery Partners BBO A New Career for Clare “Before joining the BRIDGES project, Clare had never worked. After two months she has gained qualifications in care. She now has a job with career prospects; a huge achievement!” Clare first met with BRIDGES project officer Yvonne in November. Up until then she had been caring for her partner who had a serious long term health condition for over 6 years. She was also a full-time mom to her 6 children, one of whom has ADHD. These family commitments meant that Clare had never been in paid employment before. When she and her partner split up she realised that she would have to find work in order to make ends meet and provide for her family alone. Clare hoped that the Bridges project would help her to gain the confidence and skills to look for suitable employment. Before joining the BRIDGES project, Clare did not know what kind of work she would be suited to, where to look for vacancies or how to apply for them. After a skills analysis session, she believed that the health & social care sector would be a good choice. She engaged in a range of pre-employment activities and completed relevant accredited training in order to feel confident enough to apply for a role in a residential care home. Before Christmas, Clare was successful in gaining employment and is just awaiting a start date.