The Evolve programme is funded by the Lottery and European Social Fund.

Evolve, made up of 18 Partner organisations, aims to support a variety of projects across the Lichfield, Cannock, Tamworth and East Staffs areas.  The projects will support participants with multiple barriers to regain their confidence and move closer to the jobs market.

Evolve can support anyone who:

  • Is 16 years and over
  • Is unemployed (cannot be in part time work or on 0 hours contract)
  • Is economically inactive (including those not working who are claiming benefits)
  • Has complex needs/multiple barriers which are impacting on being able to enter paid employment
  • Requires support to fully and independently engage in existing services
  • Lives in Lichfield, Cannock, Tamworth and East Staffordshire

BDS, as part of Evolve, can help people with one of the following programmes:

A. Routes to Work

A series of four workshops providing guidance and learning, helping people to move towards employment:

1.Preparing for Work

Skills & Qualities, Suitable Jobs, CV Structure

2.Searching for Jobs

Sources of Jobs, CV Development

3.Applying for Jobs

Information Needed, Application Forms

4.Winning the Job

Behaviours at Work, Interview Skills

This course results in an OCR Introductory Award in Life & Living Skills

B. Self Employment

One to one coaching in becoming self-employed, including:

  • Business Planning
  • Marketing/Selling
  • Finance
  • Ongoing support and guidance during the first year

Please see our testimonials page for information on people that have used BDS services.

For more information please call the Team at BDS today on 01543 416222 or email