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 Making progress with Bridges 'I feel totally at ease in Mariann's company and thank her for her time and experience' Mark joined the Bridges programme in January 2017. After nine months of being unemployed the Jobcentre referred him for support so that he could start the process of applying for jobs. At the age of 55 Mark found himself fearful of the unknown; He had previously been with the same employer since leaving school and had no concept of the current job search methods. The stability of Mark’s mental health requires daily medication and this combined with hypertension left his confidence at an all-time low. Mark is the main carer for his parents who require much time and attention due to the fact that they are in their 80’s and coping with health problems of their own. With the help of the Bridges programme Mark has recorded his job responsibilities and work experience and started to put together a CV. Due to lack of confidence, he prefers 1 – 1 support. His progress has recently been temporarily halted while he organises the funeral of another close relative, but he knows the support is here when he is ready to pick up with it once again. Mark acknowledges that the Bridges programme has helped improve his confidence and self-esteem. He is hopeful of starting to apply for jobs later on in the year.