Motiv8 – Highly Commended in UKHA

Motiv8, our Greater Manchester programme to help people overcome barriers to get back on track, has been Highly Commended in this year’s prestigious UK Housing Awards for the work they do to support people across Greater Manchester.

Delivered by a partnership of social housing providers led by Jigsaw Support, part of the Jigsaw Group, with Bolton at Home (through Starts With You), ForHousing, Stockport Homes Group (through Foundations Stockport) and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Motiv8 supports people to overcome barriers to work and get back on track.

The awards are organised by Inside Housing and celebrate the work done by the UK’s housing sector.

Martin Hilditch, editor of Inside Housing, said:

“The UK Housing Awards are about highlighting the and celebrating the work done by the UK’s housing sector. Congratulations to all the winners and commended entries. It really is an opportunity to highlight great performance and hopefully to help it spread more widely.”

The programme, which is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund, is focused on people facing complex challenges and barriers to work who are often left behind by other services. It works with people facing physical and mental health conditions, domestic abuse, homelessness and substance dependence. Almost two in three of the residents Motiv8 work with have been unemployed for at least five years.

Gill Brown, chair of Jigsaw Support Board said: “Well done to the Motiv8 team. You’re all fantastic and provide an amazing and much needed service.”

Donna Kelly, Jigsaw Group Director Support and Neighbourhoods said: “This is a fantastic end to what has been a difficult and challenging year for everyone. The pandemic has seen people across the country struggle with job losses and furlough. To be able to provide a service that will help people around 5,000 people with wellbeing, skills and support to get them closer to finding work is testament to the team and brilliant partnership working.”

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 the programme on Twitter @Motiv8GM.