When Ledora came to the Motiv8 programme she had lots of complex challenges and issues in her life. She had been out of work for a long time, had mounting debts and there was a very real threat of eviction. She also has severe dyslexia.
She said: “I was angry about the situation and also very depressed. I had been out of work for a long time, and although I had previously done a college course in clothing/textiles, I was not in a good place to start job-searching. I was also struggling to access jobs online as I don’t know much about computers and I was getting frustrated with the lack of support to help with this.”
Ledora was signposted to Motiv8 by her local job centre coach who thought that she could benefit from Motiv8’s personalised approach and that they would be able to help her with some of the barriers that were holding her back.
Since then, Motiv8 has been able to support Ledora with her housing situation, with advice from their specialist partners at Shelter. They have also accessed debt advice by putting payment plans into place, maximized her income and made significant reductions to her bills. She has also been supported to apply for a personal independence payment and has been helped with the transition over to Universal Credit.
Ledora is particularly grateful for the support because she has severe dyslexia and sometimes feels she is overlooked.
She said; “What I appreciated most was that the Motiv8 team listened to me and realised that I needed extra support. They referred me to a ‘Healthy Minds’ course to help with my self-esteem and self- confidence too. They have always been at the end of phone for me and they understand me!”
Beckie, Debt Advisor for Motiv8, said:
“Ledora is a completely different person to the one I met back in June 2017. She has turned significant corners and has become much more positive. She felt the world was against her, but she has accepted all the support we have been able to offer and is now in a much better place to move forward. She recently had an interview for a part-time seamstress job (clothing and the textile industry is her passion and she is excellent too!). We are all eagerly waiting to hear how she has got on.”