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 “This course has completely changed my life" “This course has completely changed my life in relation to work” “I’d turn the clock back 12 weeks, I’d do it all again and I’d bring everybody with me!!" Kellie was diagnosed with cancer in 2011; this was the beginning of a very dark period for her. Kellie divulged that alongside her illness she suffered family loss and tragedy which saw her on a downward trajectory that resulted in Kellie losing her self-confidence and becoming isolated from her children. Kellie is 45 years old and had been on the ESA support group for 18 months when she felt it was time for her to return to work. Unfortunately Kellie had a negative experience with a job interview after she had disclosed her disability to the interviewer: Kellie told the Disability Resource Centre “I was knocked for six…I have no chance of getting a job if employers have this mind-set regarding disability”. When Kellie was told about the Journey To Work course by her JCP advisor, although her initial thought was “what can the course do for me?” she agreed to meet with the Bridges project officer John Ellis as her long term goal is to return to employment. When Kellie first met with John she disclosed that she has anxiety and may need support when working in a group. John reassured Kellie that she would receive any support necessary. Kellie also has arthritis which causes her mobility issues. Kellie attended the course and has found it to be a really positive experience. She has found every session beneficial, in particular the mock interview activity. Kellie explains how this session has increased her self-confidence and prepared her for her recent job interview. Kellie firmly believes that this activity enabled her to approach her interview with the appropriate knowledge and the self-confidence needed to secure employment. Kellie was successful in her interview and said “I would never have this job if it wasn’t for the course”. Kellie has relished the Journey To Work course and has attended every session. She has enjoyed the social aspect of the course and intends to keep in touch with fellow participants. Kellie is now feeling much more positive about the future and has expressed her gratitude for all the help and support received from the Bridges team.