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 A positive outlook thanks to Bridges “They are helping me back into a working environment and building my confidence.” When Claire joined BBO BRIDGES she had been unemployed for five years and was nervous and suffered from a lack of confidence. She was very shy and quiet, had a negative outlook and low motivation and aspirations.Claire was aware that she needed help with both IT and with interview skills, feeling that these were barriers to finding employment. After a struggle to initially engage Clare began to participate in a variety of employability workshops and developed her understanding of the modern job market and employer expectations.Through these sessions Claire improved her social skills and saw an increase in her own self-confidence. However, she still felt that there was a lot that she could learn about working and to that end she chose to pursue work experience. Because of her previous retail experience Claire felt most comfortable in a retail environment.Claire successfully interviewed with a local retail store and began a very positive work placement. Claire has become proactive in her search for work and is determined to secure employment. Her knowledge, self-esteem, confidence and general disposition have all improved dramatically, and she now has a very positive outlook.