We help people get their lives back on track

Motiv8 supports people aged 25 and over across Greater Manchester who need support to get their lives back on track - whether they are experiencing issues with health, alcohol, drugs, domestic violence, debt, homelessness or other challenges.

We are particularly keen to hear from the wide-range of people who are under-represented in the labour market, such as ex-offenders, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups, ethnic minorities, migrant communities and the over 50s.

Motiv8 works with people to identify a support package to improve their access to services. The end result will be an improvement in their self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience, health and wellbeing, finances and employability skills to move them closer towards job search, training and employment.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be aged 25 and over
  2. Live in Greater Manchester
  3. Have the right to remain and work in the UK
  4. Not currently be in employment or self-employment
  5. Not currently be accessing any other formal training
  6. Be experiencing multiple issues

Please note: to be eligible for the service people must be facing 2 or more barriers shown in the list to the right for which they are not already engaging specialist support.

We can help create a personal action plan and support package to address an individual's personal issues and ultimately help them back into training, job search and work. These might include:

  • Health problems
  • Disabilities
  • Substance misuse
  • Homelessness
  • Domestic abuse
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Financial hardship
  • Isolation
  • Reoffending


Motiv8 has been set up thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.

Over 7 years Motiv8 will support 6,375 people to overcome multiple, complex needs and move them closer to training and work.


The Motiv8 programme is being led by Manchester Athena, a partnership of housing providers working together to transform people's lives by improving their skills, employment, health and well-being. Motiv8 is being delivered across the whole of Greater Manchester to support people to overcome challenges preventing them from moving into training and employment.

Delivering in Tameside, Oldham and Trafford


Delivering in Stockport and Rochdale

Delivering across Bolton and Wigan

Delivering in Salford and Bury

Delivering across Manchester

Specialist External Partners

Motiv8 is also working with a wide-range of external partners and agencies who can provide specialist support to help people overcome their barriers to work and personal challenges.

Wai Yin Society

Wai Yin Society provides ICT classes, work club support, money and debt advice, ESOL courses and volunteering opportunities to all Motiv8 participants. It also runs befriending, lunch and leisure classes and much more besides, at their Welcome Centre in Cheetham Hill.


Shelter provides support to Motiv8 participants who need housing advice, welfare benefits and debt support, and are struggling with bad housing or homelessness.

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