Project information

Motive8 independence training

Young people with physical disabilities may do well at school, but never leave the house on their own. In the adult world they are anxious and unskilled at everyday things, like money and public transport and staying safe. They have asked us for their own course in independence, and Motive8 is it.

October 2014 - September 2017

Charity information: Active8

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  • Need


    Young people with disabilities who are not independent don't like to admit it, so they lose confidence. In rural places parents take them if they go out, so they lack experience of timekeeping or planning. Some are still not allowed in the kitchen in case they burn themselves! Parents have protected them for years and can get stuck in the habit. Motive8 helps them learn new skills, but also confidence, friends, teamwork and the freedom to move from child to adult life.


    Motive8 helps young people identify their aspirations and work out how they are going to achieve them. It meets once a month outside college hours, and there is learning and practice to do at home with support. Residential weekends four times a year provide time together to try out what they have learned and start a new topic, often with guidance from a local chef, policeman or housing officer to inspire and guide. The young people will grow in confidence, competence, need less support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support young people to increase their independent life skills.


    » Group and individual sessions looking at aspirations and how to achieve them which will feed into taught sessions.
    » Life skills are taught and practiced at one session a month and over 6 sessions on a weekend residential once a quarter in fully adapted environment.
    » Engage their parents, who may be desperate for their children to leave home but don't know how to stop doing everything for them!
    » 1:1 support and practice of topics covered in group sessions and identified individually. Run by youth workers, supported by volunteers.

    What success will look like

    We aim for 30 showing interest and 15 completing the full course by 2017. Young people report they have increased their independent living skills and are doing more for themselves.

    Aim 2

    To increase young people's responsibility for their own mental and physical health


    » Mental Health first aid to be included in taught sessions
    » Peer support network encouraged and facilitated through group sessions and social media.
    » Embedding reflection on young people's successes and achievements in taught and development sessions.
    » Group work and problem solving are used to ensure they gain social skills and learn how to find things out, not just get information.

    What success will look like

    Students say the course meets their needs. They commit to it and help one another, building a support network which is wider than family and of people their own age.

    Aim 3

    Participants find and sustain employment and volunteering.


    » Signposting to organisations who specialise in supporting people into employment.
    » Encouragement to take part in sport, drama, music and anything else that will develop their ability.
    » Support young people to go out on their own or in a group, learning to judge risk for themselves and cope when things don't work out as planned.
    » Having an expectation for young people to volunteer and seek employment.

    What success will look like

    This will be shown by how many people have developed skills, gained volunteering opportunities or employment.

  • Impact


    There will be changes in self-confidence and aspirations. When these increase it will affect everything the young people undertake, from sport to study. Long-term we expect to see 50% of young people volunteering regularly, much greater interest in moving away from home (though chronic housing shortage here makes that unaffordable for most), and at least 10% actively looking for paid work or securing it. We will demonstrate success by statistics and case studies.


    We risk not getting enough funding. We have run Motive8 for a year and the young people who took part have changed and grown amazingly in that time. We have supporters who give us money and want us to continue, but not quite enough of them.


    The project will be reported on each year and donors who ask for it will receive a copy. We also do a supporters' newsletter and a website which give information but in less detail.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £28,353

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,900 Venue hire and transport Hostel accommodation and all travel inc. volunteers
      £19,569 project staff costs each year 1219 youth work hours
      £3,884 practical Phone, equipment, sessional input

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    individual donor £1,000 Conditional
    local councillor £286 Guaranteed
    ACT Foundation £4,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Cornwall is beautiful, but its beaches, cliff paths and extreme sports are hard for young people with a physical disability to access. People travel long distances to school and work, and wages are low. Young people who rely entirely on their parents for transport don't learn to find their way about, read a timetable, use money or get organised in time to catch a bus. With living in a rural place and not being able to walk far, they can get very isolated.


    There are an estimated 100 young people in Cornwall aged 17-25 who have a physical disability without significant learning disability: mainly from birth. They want to overcome the barriers which prevent them being independent and take their full place in our community, contributing through work or whatever way they can. Cornwall also stands to benefit from participation by these young people, whose talents and determination are much needed.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Active8 runs youth work projects which provide the only meeting place in Cornwall, apart from sport, for young people with physical disabilities. It spans the age range from school to adult life, and is in touch with those who have gone away to university as well as those unemployed at home. Several of its trustees are people who have been in Active8 themselves: they are aware of the needs and some of the solutions.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Debbie Peters

    Debbie is the youth worker who leads Motive8. She will provide 1:1 support, facilitate sessions and meet the young peoples aims & aspirations.