Wythenshawe and Manchester to benefit from £9.7m to support health and unemployment

Up to 1000 unemployed people in Wythenshawe and Manchester are set to benefit from one to one support to help them improve their lives and move closer to employment thanks to Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.

The money from the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund’s Building Better Opportunities project has been awarded to Manchester Athena’s Motiv8 programme which will be delivered by five housing providers across the region.

People aged 25+ who are homeless, long-term unemployed, living with disabilities and health conditions, or drug and alcohol dependent are much less likely to get work. Motiv8 will give Manchester’s residents who want to work that leg up that they need.

The funding will also work with men and women who are under-represented in the labour-market such as ex-offenders, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups, ethnic minorities and migrant communities.

It aims to tackle the barriers that prevent these groups of people from accessing support with more opportunities for education and training, improved health and wellbeing services, better financial help and new programmes to build people’s confidence.

Chairman of the WCHG Board, The RT Revd Dr David Walker, The Bishop of Manchester said, “The job market is far from a level playing field. However, I do believe that the work we will now be able to do will help to redress some of the particular disadvantages faced by different groups both in Wythenshawe and the wider area. We can work with people to develop and demonstrate their skills, so that they can go on to find sustainable employment.

Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group “We will support up to 1000 unemployed people to help improve their lives and takes steps towards employment. It is a great example of how housing and other voluntary sector partners can bring additional investment to Manchester and help people improve their lives”.

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group is the delivery lead for Wythenshawe and for the city of Manchester, and will work with other housing providers and partners across the City to help achieve programme objectives.

The project is one of 38 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas in the country to be awarded Building Better Opportunities funding.