BBO Steps 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. Home BRIDGES Evolve Blog Case Studies Our Funders Sign Up Our Delivery Partners BBO Positive Steps Forward for Michael When Michael suffered a work injury on a building site over 10 years ago he was left in constant pain and found not working both disheartening and depressing. Over the years he looked at jobs, even applied for a few, but grew further depressed at the lack of replies and interviews. Michael heard about the Directions Drop In Day by the BBO Bridges project at Summit House from someone at a local library and thought he would give it a go. Michael explains ‘I have to admit I was a bit suspicious and sceptical- I needed reassuring that taking these first steps weren’t going to lead to me losing my benefits or being forced back to work before I was ready’. ‘I sat with Darren, BBO Bridges Project worker at Summit House, and he just listened. I was introduced to three other people that were also interested in joining the informal weekly drop in sessions on a Wednesday and we all got on like we had known each other for years.' ‘I really enjoy and appreciate the open honest environment at Summit House, they have a way of saying it as it is but supporting you to remove those barriers. After just four weeks with the programme I felt ready to take a health and safety course, my first accredited course in years. Now ten weeks later I have signed up to join the Peer Mentoring and volunteer training at Summit House. I am hoping that volunteering as an administrator will help me to learn new skills, plug the gap in my CV and maybe lead to paid work in the future.'