GM social inclusion programme awarded extra £4.3m in funding

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Motiv8, a social inclusion programme run by Greater Manchester housing providers, has been awarded an extra £4.3 million in funding to continue its award-winning work.

Motiv8 covers the whole of the Greater Manchester area and is led by five housing providers from Manchester Athena, a partnership of social landlords that works to deliver employment and health programmes across Greater Manchester.

The programme, which works to help people get their lives back on track and move towards training and work, is led by Jigsaw Homes Group. It is also being delivered by Bolton at Home, ForHousing, Stockport Homes, and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.

The extra £4.3 million in funding for the programme has been provided by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the former’s Building Better Opportunities programme.

Sue Ormiston, EU programme manager at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Motiv8 was set up thanks to £9.7 million from The National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.

“We have now given additional funding of £4.3 million to allow Motiv8 to change the lives of many more people across Greater Manchester and to play an important role in achieving the wider aims of the Building Better Opportunities Programme of tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth across the region.”

Since Motiv8 went live in January 2017, it has helped over 3,650 people across Greater Manchester to get back into training or work.

It is open to people aged 25 or over who live in Greater Manchester, are not in any training or employment, and have the right to remain and work in the UK.

Almost 80% of the people supported by the programme live in the 30% most deprived wards of Greater Manchester, while 60% have been unemployed for over five years.

The programme works with a range of specialist partners to access support to get people back on track. These include Shelter, Wai Yin Society, Challenge 4 Change and ForHousing’s Enterprise team.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, commented: “Well done to the Manchester Athena partnership of social landlords for securing funding to continue the excellent work of the Motiv8 programme.

“They provide support that is vital to reach and help some of the most excluded people in Greater Manchester to deal with multiple difficulties and get their lives back on track.

“It is support programmes like this that help move people away from lives where they have been left behind to a place where they can get a job, a secure home, improve their health and be with their families and community.”

Kerrie Pryde, operational director for Jigsaw Support, said: “Motiv8 works with a wide variety of people, including those who are homeless, long-term unemployed, living with mental or physical disabilities and health conditions, drug and alcohol dependent or are experiencing other complex needs.

“These are some of the most vulnerable people in society and it is rewarding to hear how, with a bit of support, people can change their lives and start to look forward to the future.”

Manchester Athena is made up of 14 partners who are all members of the Greater Manchester Housing Providers group (GMHP). Collectively, the partnership owns 150,000 social homes and employs over 6,000 people.

Image: Former Motiv8 participant Mark Hampson with David Jones from his new employers The Guinness Partnership. Credit: Motiv8

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