Why Work?

Why work? Motivating yourself to look for work can be difficult if you don’t know where to begin, the job market has changed rapidly over the last few years and if you’ve been made redundant, never had a job, been looking after a child or have been unwell for while you may feel anxious when thinking about getting back into work.

Our employment specialists have spent decades watching how employment has had a fantastic impact on thousands of lives.

Here are just a few reasons why we think working could benefit you.

Get Paid For What You're Good At

We understand that getting a job can be difficult but that doesn’t mean you should give up.

  • You’ll earn money, it may not be your passion but being financially sound prevents stress.  
  • Double your opportunities, now you’re in charge of your own money you’ll be more positive about what you can achieve.
  • Be content and proud of what you’re doing. 
  • If you’re on benefits, it doesn’t mean you will lose all of them if you get a job, you may be entitled to different ones, your Job Centre Work Coach will help you with this
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Get Experience

Having a job means you’re getting better at something, whether that be working in a warehouse or managing front of house in a restaurant, the experience is your key to success.

  • You’re being paid to improve your skills
  • You can add to your CV and take the next step in your career
  • Improve your reputation and quality of references, as you improve people will have lots of positive things to tell your next employer.

Have A Positive Impact On Your Community

By having a job, you’re contributing to the local and national economy. Another reason to feel proud of yourself.

  • When people work, they have more money to spend, which in turn means that they keep businesses open and other people employed. 
  • If there’s more money in circulation because of all the people at work, the more money there is for technological advances. 
  • The better businesses do by your custom, the more people they will hire to support their growth, that means more jobs! 
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Make New Friends

Getting a job means you meet like-minded people every day. Making friends at work helps you be more confident and enjoy going to work. Here are tips on how to do it:

  • Smile: Makes you more approachable and you’ll hit it off with your colleagues very quickly.
  • Introduce yourself and ask questions.
  • Don’t worry, if you don’t make friends overnight, building relationships take time, find common interests and complementary personality types, don’t feel bad if it doesn’t happen in the first week or two.

Get Funding To Support Your Ambitions

Think this is unachievable for you? Have you got parenting/caring responsibilities? Been unemployed for a while? Homeless? Have a mental, learning or physical barrier?

  • Through our programme, BBO Shropshire, possible thanks to funding from the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, we’ve transformed over 800 lives!
  • We’ve paid for childcare, volunteering opportunities, work placements, training courses, transport fees and much more to support you back into work. 
  • We’ve supported hundreds of people into work or self-employment, due to the success of the project in Shropshire, we’re now changing lives over the border in Herefordshire with Building Better Opportunities Herefordshire.  
  • So if you live in Shropshire, Herefordshire or Tamworth are thinking of getting back into work and are over 19, get in touch and start your journey today!
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How can does being unemployed affect me?

Feelings of Hopelessness

Not working has a psychological impact on how you feel about life, you may feel less able to cope.

Being unemployed can affect problem solving, memory and decision making abilities

Not earning a wage can impact you financially, food, rent, heat and other bills become harder to pay and there’s even less money for things like holidays and trips out.

Affects Health

Being unemployed can worsen mental health issues and can contribute to their development

Not working has been linked to physical health problems such as back pain and high blood pressure

Feeling Isolated

Being on your own too much can make you feel isolated and feel negatively towards the outside world

Because of the impact on you financially, physically and mentally, relationships can be strained.

Makes You Unhappy

Not having a job can make you dissatisfied with life and contribute to increased stress

Low self-esteem is one the greatest barriers to employment

Being unemployed can lower confidence and motivation but increase anxiety and depression.


Success Stories

Hear from some of the people who once felt just like you, we understand it can be hard to self-motivate, we hope that these stories will restore some of your confidence to achieve your ambitions.