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 path for Verily “I feel that I have a real future. Although I have a long way to go before I am qualified in Human Resources I feel positive and look forward to attending my course” Verily has been out of work for the past 2.5 years. She used to work for the NHS as a Health Assistant until she suffered a stroke. The stroke affected the right side of her body which affected her speech and ability to walk. She had to go through physical rehabilitation and at the time she felt alone and struggled to come to terms with her situation which led to her becoming depressed and lacking motivation and confidence. She has had support over the past 2 years to help her recover from the effects of the stroke she suffered but now needs to build her confidence and motivation to get back into work. She saw a leaflet and contacted the Bridges Project and met with a Bridges Outreach Officer who befriended her and gave her guidance on training, education and employment. Working with the Bridges Officer she realise there were other options available as she cannot go back to being a health worker due to the physical nature of the work. However, because of her experience with employment law while she recovered from her stroke she felt that she could make a career in Human Resources. She said “the Bridges Officer help me by providing advice and information on courses needed to develop a career in Human Resources. He motivated and supported me to enrol on an Administration course at college to develop a career in Human Resources”. “I feel that I have a real future. Although I have a long way to go before I am qualified in Human Resources I feel positive and look forward to attending my course as it has also increased my social circle.” Verily currently reads books and exercises daily as well as manages her diet which has become her new hobby and she feels much more positive about the future.