Step Forward Tees Valley supports local people to overcome the complex reasons preventing them from finding work. These barriers could include physical or mental ill-health, a lack of self-confidence, a gap in skills, a conviction, or an addiction. The project helps people to build on their strengths and aspirations, using the skills and expertise of partners and local employers to achieve their goals. The project is committed to making a real and lasting change in Tees Valley. Over three years, Step Forward Tees Valley will work with 2,500 people across Tees Valley by supporting them to take advantage of existing voluntary or employment possibilities, as well as working with local employers to create new opportunities. Step Forward Tees Valley is joint-funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, as part of their investment in local projects that tackle the root causes of poverty and promote social inclusion. Find out more at www.sfteesvalley.co.uk We are also on twitter @sfteesvalley and on Facebook /stepforwardteesvalley – please like us and share our latest news.