Steps to Work are to lead a new and exciting Staffordshire-wide project providing holistic support to people who face multiple and complex barriers to employment and social inclusion by connecting them to specialist services in their local area.

The project has been supported through the Building Better Opportunities programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF), and will be delivered across Tamworth, Cannock, Lichfield and East Staffordshire.

A partnership of 18 organisations across Staffordshire will support thousands of unemployed people to reach their individual goals.  The partnership consists of hand-picked organisations covering a wide range of specialisms including health issues & disabilities, financial issues, homelessness and basic employability.

At Steps to Work our vision is to create opportunities and change futures by working with local people and businesses across the West Midlands.   Our project staff will be delivering the programme known as Evolve from various locations across Staffordshire providing support to people with multiple barriers and improving employability.

Steps to Work Chief Executive James Walsh said:

Steps to Work are thrilled to have been awarded this Grant by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.  Creating opportunities is in the Steps to Work DNA and we believe that people who face barriers in life need accessible support. We are excited to be leading this partnership which blends our experience and knowledge with a wealth of local trusted partners who can help build better futures for the people of Staffordshire”.

If you would like to know more about the Evolve project please contact: Steps to work on 01922 627555, enquiries@stepstowork.co.uk

The project has received up to £3,170,300 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding