Motiv8, a Greater Manchester programme to help people overcome barriers to get back on track, has been declared a winner in this year’s prestigious Housing Heroes Awards for the work they do to support people across Greater Manchester.

The awards, which were held in Manchester on 25 June, are jointly organised by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing. They give organisations the chance to reward the hard work of their teams and celebrate the unsung heroes of the housing world.

Motiv8 won the category of Support and Care Team of the year for their collaborative and inclusive approach to the support they provide.

This is great news for Jigsaw Group as the Motiv8 programme is led by group member New Charter Homes with support from four other Manchester Athena housing providers – Stockport Homes, ForViva, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Bolton at Home.

We were really pleased to see Former Chief Executive of founding member New Charter Group, Ian Munro winning the Lifetime Achievement in Housing award and more of our teams and individuals recognised by making the finalists this year, including:

  • Communications team of the year
  • Frontline team of the year (12,000+ homes) – Tenancy enforcement team
  • Tenant innovator of the year

Motiv8 has been set up thanks to £9.7m funding from the European​ ​Social​ ​Fund (2014 – 2020) and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund,​ to help people aged 25 plus overcome multiple barriers preventing them from engaging with training, job search and employment opportunities. Over three years Motiv8 aims to support nearly 4,000 people to overcome multiple, complex needs and move them closer to training and work.  Since the programme went live in January 2017, Motiv8 has received more than 2,500 referrals from around Greater Manchester and achieved over 1,200 positive outcomes for their clients.

Kerrie Pryde, Assistant Director of Commercial Services for Jigsaw Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this Housing Heroes award for the support our teams and partners give to some of the most vulnerable people in society. This can include people who​ ​are​ ​homeless, long-term​ ​unemployed,​ ​living​ ​with​ ​mental​ ​or​ ​physical​ ​disabilities​ ​and​ ​health​ ​conditions, drug​ ​and​ ​alcohol​ ​dependent or other complex needs.  It is very much a team effort, with hubs delivering the service locally across Greater Manchester.  Our approach 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.”

For more information on the Motiv8 programme, please visit https://www.motiv8mcr.org