Unemployed Teaching Assistant to Sensational Support Worker | BBO Shropshire

Stevan's Story

BBO Shropshire Stevan Supporting Client

After his contract as a teaching assistant ended, Stevan is delighted to be making a difference to lives of others again thanks to the Building Better Opportunities Shropshire Project.

The Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Shropshire Project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.  The BBO Shropshire project brings together over 20 organisations, led by Landau, to engage with those furthest away from the labour market helping them move forwards into employment.

When he first heard about the 12-week Building Better Opportunities work placement with Headway, a brain injury association and partner in the BBO Shropshire project, Stevan was unsure about taking part as the environment was different to anything he’d experienced before.

During the three months volunteering at the Rehabilitation and Reablement centre, Stevan benefitted from Headway’s staff expertise, supported clients with independent living skills and personal care, engaged clients in exercise and craft classes and learnt skills in mental capacity, safeguarding vulnerable adults and infection control to name a few.

“When I started at Headway, I was initially out of my depth with the complexity of the work schedule and limitations of some of the clients” reflected Stevan, “almost every aspect of rehab work I found challenging, pushing me out of my comfort zone.”

With the support of his colleagues, Stevan overcame his apprehension and made incredible progress.

Recognising the barriers Stevan had overcome and impressed by his genuine interest in support work and personable nature, the senior management team at Headway offered Stevan a permanent place on the team as a support worker.

"By taking part in the BBO programme, I’ve got a job, I’ve built great relationships with people. I’ve learnt new practical skills and taken on more responsibility which has boosted my confidence." Thanks to BBO Shropshire, Stevan is continuing to enrich lives in his new role and is now studying towards his level two diploma in Health and Social Care. To find out more about BBO Shropshire programme or to see if we can help you, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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