Furniture donations help turn a house into a home

Manchester-based company Loft Interiors has donated furniture to help people across the region to get their lives back on track.

The furniture, which included beds, chairs, sofas and dining sets, was given to people taking part in the Motiv8 programme, a project set up to help people aged 25 and over in Greater Manchester to improve their lives and chances of getting back into work.

Motiv8, a £9.7m project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and​ ​European​ ​Social​ ​Fund’s​ ​Building​ ​Better​ ​Opportunities​ ​Programme, helps people with complex needs to overcome barriers into employment and training.

Kendra Brown, Team Manager for the Manchester Motiv8 Delivery Hub in Wythenshawe, said: “Our participants are absolutely delighted with these donations, which are really life changing for them. They are already having a positive impact in enabling and motivating our clients to start focusing on the next step of their journey."

Ben Hall, MD of LOFT Interiors said: “Having a home to be proud of is important to everyone’s well-being.  I’d heard good things about Motiv8 and with LOFT being a Manchester based company, I felt it was important to help people in my hometown. I am thrilled that LOFT is able to do something that can make a difference.”

Members of the Motiv8 team used their annual workplace volunteering hours to complete the transformation by decorating the bedroom of one customer.

Chris Coyne, Motiv8 key worker, explained:  “This seemed like a great opportunity to help one of our clients decorate his bedroom, which he had been unable to use due to damage caused by damp. He is absolutely delighted with the results and is really looking forward to a good night’s sleep in his new bed and revamped bedroom.”

New Charter Group is leading the project, with support from other Manchester Athena housing providers Stockport Homes, ForViva, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Bolton at Home.

Since the project launched in January this year, it has already received more than 1,000 referrals.

To find out more about Motiv8 and the eligibility criteria for the programme, please visit their website www.motiv8mcr.org or call 0161 331 2048 or email info@manchesterbbo.co.uk.  You can also follow them on Twitter @Motiv8GM.