When 39-year-old Kris was referred to Motiv8 he was at very low ebb. He had been suffering from depression for some time and was also recovering from thyroid cancer. He was then made redundant in December 2017 and didn’t know where to turn.
He said; “By this stage I had also lost my home. I couldn’t keep up with the rent and didn’t want to get into debt. I also didn’t want to live on my own, so I was ‘sofa surfing’ between family, friends and my ex-partner. My GP said that I was not ready for work so he gave me a sick note and I took this to the Job Centre in Leigh. They recommended Motiv8 as being an organisation that could help me get back on track and I really haven’t looked back since.
Kris said: "One of the things about Motiv8 is that they look at the whole situation and not just individual elements. Having a personal action plan, specifically focussed on my needs, has been great for me. There is a whole team of people to support and advise you and they have specialist partners too, such as Shelter, who have helped me with my housing situation.
I have built up a great relationship with the team and the trust between us is mutual. They’ve also got me to speak out about my experience, something that I never thought I’d be able to do. They have given me so many useful opportunities and I’ve grabbed them with both hands!”
Kris’s Key Worker, Tom, said:
“When I first met Kris it was clear he had been through a very tough and challenging time but what astounded me more was the resilience and determination Kris showed to get back on track with his life. He was ready to start to work on this straight away and all he needed was a point in the right direction.
It was also fantastic to see him give a confident and powerful speech about his experiences at our recent Social Networking event, where he shared his Motiv8 journey and was an inspiration to others. He now feels ready to look for work and we will be supporting him with this.”