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 Building confidence one step at a time “I am so thankful to the BRIDGES project for all the support that Ruby has put in place. She hasn’t given up on me, even when I wasn’t sure which direction to take” When Tracey first met with her Bridges project officer she was very reserved, lacked confidence & motivation, hardly spoke and initially failed to attend most of her booked appointments. Tracey was going through a rough divorce and felt it was all her fault and did not want to continue with life. Tracey had had been working for her husband’s company for 10 years dealing with all the accounts, however following the breakdown of their marriage she has been unemployed for the past year. Tracey was referred to the Bridges project by Smethwick Job Centre because her job centre advisor wanted one to one support for her due to her lack of confidence. Tracey struggled to trust others, she had no friends or family in Smethwick and she felt isolated. Since Tracey started attending the Bridges project her project officer has gained her trust and Tracey is beginning to open up. Her project officer has been able to offer advice and encourage her to participate in a two mile group walk every week as well as meeting regularly to chat; this has greatly built her confidence and given her someone to rely on. Tracey has come a long way in her four months on the Bridges project. She has started taking her dog for daily walks which is a big achievement for her and she now attends all her booked appointments. She has agreed to attend counselling and she is beginning to look into voluntary work opportunities to help her get back into work and build her confidence.