Motiv8 - Ledora's Story

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 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 Jobcentre 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 also helped her with debt advice, put payment plans into place, maximized her income and helped her reduce 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.

Since we filmed Ledora’s story last year she has been working with our specialist partners at ForHousing to find out more about self-employment and setting up her own business as a seamstress. She is very excited by the prospect and said:

“This is a new starting point for me. Motiv8 had already taken me from A to B by building up my confidence and providing lots of great support – but now I’m at C and can’t wait to start this new chapter!

“I had a lot of experience in the clothing trade and have always done sewing for friends and family. The business advice from Luke and the team at ForHousing has been both practical and inspirational. Without it I wouldn’t have thought about self-employment as an option.

“There was a bit of a sticking point in that I needed a professional sewing machine to allow me to give a proper professional finish. A home sewing machine doesn’t do this on all materials. Motiv8 were able to source me some funding from ‘500 Acts of Kindness’ and with that I’ve been able to get a machine to get me started.

“I have a friend who is also interested too, and we plan to branch out together – so watch this space!”

Ledora already has orders waiting – from track suits and prom dresses to a whole dance troop of costume alterations. We wish her the very best of luck in her new venture.