Motiv8, a Greater Manchester programme supported by members of Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP) to help people overcome barriers to get back on track, has won the ‘Care and Support Provider of the Year’ category at this year’s national, prestigious 24 Housing Awards for the work they do to support people across Greater Manchester.

Motiv8 supports some of the most vulnerable people in Greater Manchester to improve their health and well-being, self-confidence and employability skills and move them closer to employment.

The project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund and supports people to overcome multiple, complex needs and move them closer to training and work.  The programme has already supported over 2,000 people to get back on track.

New Charter Homes, part of the newly formed Jigsaw Group, is leading the Motiv8 programme with support from four other Manchester Athena housing providers – Stockport Homes, ForViva, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Bolton at Home. Manchester Athena is a partnership of 15 social landlords across Greater Manchester, who work together to deliver employment and health programmes across the region.

The 24 Housing Awards were founded in 2013 with the aim of celebrating the very best that the housing sector has to offer and the Awards have become a celebration, reflection and recognition of the UK housing sector and its professionals whose job it is to provide a vital resource to some of the most vulnerable people in the country.

Kerrie Pryde, Assistant Director of Commercial Services for Jigsaw Group, said: “We were up against some strong competition at this prestigious event which was attended by over 500 UK housing professionals. We are absolutely thrilled that the work that we are doing has been recognised and follows success in the Housing Heroes Award earlier this year. This is a very much a team effort with our partners delivering the service locally across Greater Manchester.  Our approach, through Motiv8, is a tailored, personal one that is adapted to suit the needs of our clients and it is very rewarding to see the difference we can make when people are supported to receive the help they need.”

To qualify for Motiv8 support you need to be aged 25 or over, live in Greater Manchester and have the right to remain and work in the UK. You must also not be involved with any other training or employment. You can either contact Motiv8 direct or be referred through an agency.  The programme encourages referrals from people who are under-represented in the labour-market such as ex-offenders, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups, ethnic minorities and migrant communities as well as people who have, for a variety of reasons, lost their way.

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