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 Several steps closer to achieving my goal “The support I've received through the BRIDGES project has boosted my confidence and self-esteem tremendously; I feel I am several steps closer towards achieving my goal of obtaining employment.” Angela has been unemployed since 2009 after giving birth to her daughter. As a single parent it was extremely difficult for Angela to balance her work life with looking after her daughter and as a consequence she had to leave her job working as a Care Worker. During this time Angela began claiming JSA and has since been relying upon these payments to support herself and her daughter. Now that Angela’s daughter is in Primary School, Angela feels she is finally ready to go back to work. Angela is interested in turning her passion for cooking into a career by finding employment in the catering industry. However with no formal qualifications or work experience in catering, Angela felt she required further support from the Bridges project in order to equip her with the tools needed to successfully achieve her goal of obtaining employment. In order to pursue her dream of working as a cook Angela first required assistance with gaining a Level 2 Food and Hygiene qualification. Project officer Mandeep, through the Bridges project, secured funding so that Angela could complete the course free of charge with one-to-one support. Once Angela successfully gained her qualification in Food Hygiene, to further improve Angela’s chances of obtaining work, Mandeep organised a work experience placement at Fireflies Nursery where Angela would have the chance to gain vital experience working as a Kitchen Assistant. After adding the Level 2 Food and Hygiene qualification and evidence of catering experience on to her CV, Angela found herself being invited to many more interviews than previously and is currently preparing for an interview for a Catering Assistant position at a local primary school.