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 Making new friends through Bridges “Since joining the project I have met many new friends” Paul joined the BBO Bridges project in September 2017 having attended an Age Matters presentation at the Job Centre. Although Paul has not worked since 2015 he has a varied background in Administration and would like to return to this field.Paul met with Age Matters to identify the barriers he faced returning to work and discovered his confidence was not quite what it used to be and mentioned he often shows signs of depression. Paul lives alone and is often socially isolated.Paul job searches on a regular basis but felt the support of Age Matters would not only get him out of the house, but would motivate him to regularly job search and gain new skills.Age Matters offered Paul the chance to attend their Personal Development Programme which Paul agreed to straight away, he not only gained new skills but met new people also on the project.Paul continued to meet up with his new friends by attending other social activities, including our Christmas lunch which he thoroughly enjoyed.Paul has attended a number of interviews since working with Age Matters and continues to pursue a part time Administration job. Paul has built the confidence to start a voluntary placement at Pelsall library. Paul attends two days a week and enjoys helping members of the public.