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BBO Bridges Case Study: Finding His Way Back to Work

Cory* joined the BBO Bridges Project with BCHFT for our support to boost his confidence and manage his anxiety. He was hoping to improve his mental health and find a voluntary placement with our support. He wanted a change after being economically inactive for so long.

With our support and Cory’s consistent commitment to engage in 1-1 sessions, he was able to manage and alleviate his anxiety over time which also improved his confidence. While working with us, Cory’s motivation has been good. He was always willing to contribute and be proactive in our sessions when searching for voluntary work.

Cory decided that he did not want to go for any training in the end as his focus was getting into routine work, hoping that he would be ready for paid employment soon. Since being on Project, Cory has also joined the Recovery College where he attends walks and zoom groups which he said he could not have done this without our initial support.

Cory is now in a voluntary placement and enjoying the roles and responsibilities that he now holds. He is passionate about learning new skills and socialising throughout the week. Most importantly, he is building his social skills that will help him excel at interviews and workplace when he secures paid employment.

With a voluntary placement secured and a CV built with our support, Cory is now ready to leave the project. Before his exit, we had one last mission for Cory, which was equipping him with IT skills. We taught him how to use the search engines and tools job search and showed him how to upload his CV to various websites. Cory is now able to  search for jobs independently and his future has never been brighter. Well done, Cory!

Bridges is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. For more information about the project, please visit stepstowork.co.uk/bridges or contact us on 01922 627555. 

*The name of the participant has been changed due to confidentiality.