Motiv8: Building Better Opportunities for Greater Manchester

The LGBT Foundation is a delivery partner of the Motiv8 programme, providing support to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities to help them get back on track towards work.

Motiv8 transforms people’s lives by helping them overcome the challenges and barriers they face to get back on track.

By improving people’s wellbeing, confidence and employability skills, we increase people’s chances of accessing training or finding a job.

Motiv8 is being led by Manchester Athena, a partnership of housing providers working together to transform people’s lives.

The programme will support nearly 4,000 people to overcome multiple, complex needs and move them closer to training and work.

Motiv8 has been set up thanks to £9.7 million funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.

To find out more please go to the Motiv8 website



As part of our Motiv8 offer, the LGBT Foundation offers individuals 10 sessions of IAPT counselling tailored to the specific needs of those that are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered. These would be greatly beneficial to LGBT people experiencing mental health issues as evidence suggests that LGBT people experience significant health inequality when accessing non-specialist services. At the LGBT Foundation, we offer LGBT specialist affirmative therapy that works to the context that each client presents and addresses the specific needs they will have as an LGBT person due to their unique life experiences.


Social isolation is a major concern amongst LGBT adults as they are more likely to live alone, more likely to be single and less likely to have children than their heterosexual counterparts. Social isolation can often intersect with other barriers such as physical and mental health problems, drug and alcohol dependency and research shows it can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. LGBT Foundation Services Guide for Motiv8 Referral As part of our Motiv8 offer, the LGBT Foundation offers those that are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered access to 10 sessions of befriending. These would be beneficial to all LGBT people, particularly those with mental health problems or experiencing social isolation.


Volunteering can be an important step in gaining skills whilst unemployed, as well as reducing isolation and improving mental wellbeing. The benefits of volunteering are well established. They help establish new social networks to reduce isolation, improve an individual’s confidence and wellbeing as well as giving vital experience that can help at a job search. As part of our Motiv8 offer, the LGBT Foundation offers access to our roster of 14 different volunteering roles. These would be greatly beneficial to all LGBT people on the Motiv8 programme as it would improve their overall wellbeing, provide them with key skills and show potential employers that they are being proactive in their job search.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Motiv8 programme, you must be:

  • aged 25 or over
  • live in Greater Manchester
  • have the right to remain in the UK
  • not be involved in any other training, or in employment

How to get involved...

To talk to us about getting involved with the Motiv8 programme, you can:

  • Email:
  • Call: 0345 3 30 30 30