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 'This place has done better for me than anti-depressants! “I have come a million miles from where I was, no doubt about it. This place has done Better for me than the anti-depressant tablets!” Ian was an apprentice gunsmith, which ended after 6 months due to not being suitable. He had experience in farm work, worked as a labourer, had lots of driving jobs and took part in multiple schemes such as St Margery Hospital, Brooklyn Technical, and Urban Wildlife. He had to take care of his mother, who suffered with dementia, by himself for 4 years before she passed away. His severe anxiety led him to withdraw himself from socialising and working and he became vulnerable. When he heard from Support Staffordshire about a volunteer role at COGS, he went in for an interview and chat to Brenda and started coming in. He was getting back into being around people and socialising; he was slowly becoming used to being around people again. He loves gardening but lacked the confidence but we very soon realised his talent for gardening. Shortly after he had started, we discussed with him if he would like to join the Evolve program and signed on since he was eligible to join. As his skills progressed, he began leaving offsite to work on the contracts with the gardeners. He had wanted to become a support worker and began taking the role towards those who needed the extra support. He found it challenging but still enjoyed taking care of them nonetheless. He moved into a new flat on his own which was a challenge for him and is adjusting to his new life style.