Cheryl's Story

“Before I began working with Motiv8 I was really down. I’d been struggling with depression for over 9 years. I have 2 children and had moved back in with my mum as the relationship with my son’s father had broken down, but we had a massive row and I ended up homeless and then placed in a temporary hostel.

During this time I was very closed off from the world, struggling with my mental health and had been self-harming. My priority was looking after others, not myself.

I was stuck in a rut and needed help.


Since joining the Motiv8 programme it’s been a whirlwind!

I’ve had help from their specialist partner at Shelter and am now on the waiting list with Manchester Move.I also got great help with my CV and job-searching. In fact I was soon getting interviews and I was directed to Smart Works where I received some great interview outfits and practical tips to boost my confidence.

The great news is that I’ve now got a job as a catering assistant at a local secondary school. I’ve always wanted to work in a school, and as this is part-time/term-time it will be great to fit in with the kids.

Now I feel normal. That’s all I wanted.I used to feel numb and would sometimes google ‘happiness’. Now I feel happiness. This is my normal.”

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