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Case Studies

See how BBO is already helping people across Worcestershire, meet BBO participants that have been successful in gaining employment and view our video to see what a difference BBO has made to participants lives.

Barbara

Barbara

Barbara was referred to Building Better Opportunities by her Job Centre Work Coach when she attended an appointment at the Job Centre for support after being put into the Work Related Activity Group of Employment and Support Allowance after a recent bereavement.

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Dan

Dan

Prior to joining this programme, Dan had not engaged in any learning or employment and the only support he was receiving was from a support group in Bromsgrove. Dan is extremely intelligent, he left school with brilliant grades and has great potential.

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Helen

Helen

Helen joined the BBO project after completing rehabilitation for drug and alcohol dependency, Helen said “Before going through rehabilitation my life was a complete mess. I had been on the hardest journey throughout my life but it led me to BBO.”

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Janet

Janet

Janet was referred to the Building Better Opportunities programme by Kidderminster Job Centre for support with job searching and improving her confidence. When we initially met with Janet she was very nervous, reserved and quiet.

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Vicki

Vicki

Vicki has been a full time Carer for her son for many years, however, due to him going to a residential college she found herself at a bit of a loss with what to do, she had a chat with one of our BBO Job Coaches to see how we might be able to help her start to look for work.

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Annie

Annie

Annie joined Building Better Opportunities on the recommendation of her Work Coach at the Job Centre. Annie is a mother of two young girls and was looking to return to work, as she enjoys the interaction and independence that it gives her. Through BBO Annie developed her CV further and built up her confidence and motivation.

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Kayleigh

Kayleigh

Kayleigh commenced the project after overcoming a drug addiction that lasted for many years resulting in the loss of her home, a criminal conviction and the removal of her daughter from her care. Kayleigh was determined to turn all of this around and fight for her daughter to come home with everything she had left.

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Lisa

Lisa

Lisa was referred to the Building Better Opportunities programme by Kidderminster Job Centre. A Vestia Job Coach contacted her and arranged to meet with Lisa to complete her induction; it was during this initial meeting that her Job Coach learnt that Lisa had lost her previous job through ill-health 3 years ago.

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Samantha

Samantha

Samantha was referred to Vestia by Kidderminster Job Centre for support with finding work, as Samantha had been out of work for 5 years. Being out of work for this length of time meant Samantha was feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of finding work and had lost her confidence and motivation in order to do so.

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Dean

Dean

Dean is a tenant of Bdht, he self-referred for support from the BBO project following being told about it by his Rents Officer. Dean was in receipt of ESA due to severe and enduring mental health issues, however he was determined he wanted to work but needed the right support to enable him to do so.

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Kerry

Kerry

Kerry was referred to Building Better Opportunities by her Job Centre Work Coach, who felt that she would benefit from the one-to-one support that could be provided through the programme. Kerry has Cerebral Palsy and although she has gained some fantastic qualifications, she has never before succeeded in gaining paid employment.

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Angela

Angela

After spending the majority of her working years raising her children, Angela was eager to return to work before she felt it was too late. Angela came to Starlight Café and Community Centre seeking help as she had no CV, poor IT skills and very little confidence or self-belief. Very quickly we enrolled Angela on an IT course for beginners.

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Thomas

Thomas

Thomas self-referred for support from Building Better Opportunities because he had been made redundant 11 months ago. He wanted to provide for his family as his partner was pregnant and he had two young Step-Daughters, however despite this his motivation had taken a knock due to the length of time he had been un-employed.

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Luke

Luke

Luke had been applying for jobs and even getting some interviews, however was not managing to seal the deal. After discussing the different support available through Vestia we decided that the most suitable course of action was for Luke to join the BBO programme which could focus on confidence building and interview skills.

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Catherine

Catherine

Catherine, a Wyre Forest Community Housing tenant living in the Kidderminster area, was referred to Building Better Opportunities by Kidderminster Job Centre. Cat had been out of work for 11 years after having her children and had become demotivated to the point where she felt like getting a job, just wasn’t going to happen for her.

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Michaela

Michaela

Michaela started the BBO project in February 2017 following a suggestion that the support offered might help to move her back into employment. Michaela signed up and worked on a plan of action with her Job Coach. Michaela had just finished studying for her City & Guilds Level 1, Health & Safety in a construction environment.

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Christopher

Christopher

Christopher Millward had been un-employed for nearly 9 years, after being made redundant from his last job with Brinton’s Carpets back in 2008. For almost two years, Chris has been a regular face with the employment team at Vestia. In November 2016 Chris was identified for the Building Better Opportunities programme.

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Natalie

Natalie

Natalie had been referred to the BBO programme in November 2016, after deciding that she wanted support with moving her life forward. Natalie had never had a paid job before, or trained towards any qualifications after leaving school in 2003 however Natalie did feel that she wanted to still develop herself professionally.

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