A CHARITY that supports hundreds of young people across the area is to double its work thanks to a £350,000 boost.
Motiv8, which was established in Portsmouth 14 years ago, is celebrating funding from Hampshire County Council that will allow it to open seven youth clubs across Gosport, Havant and Waterlooville, and a base in Fareham for the first time.
This additional base will add to three in Leigh Park, Southsea and Gosport that provide support for youngsters not in education, employment or training.
Charlie Adie, Motiv8’s chief executive, said: ‘For us, youth employment and creating an environment where young people can experience the world of work is one of the biggest challenges we currently face.
‘The fact that Hampshire has committed such a big investment towards this is extremely positive.’
Historically, Motiv8’s main users are 13 to 19-year-olds who are referred to them specifically because they need help with education, training and jobs.
Experts provide mentoring, careers guidance, training and apprenticeships as well as opportunities, such as DJ workshops, kayaking and bike recycling.
But its remit is now set to expand with the addition of youth clubs – called hubs – for all 11 to 19-year-olds two nights a week.
Last year, Motiv8 reached 650 families – and it is expected as many as 1,300 families could benefit over the coming 12 months.
Cllr Roy Perry, the county councillor in charge of education, said: ‘We had to face up to the fact that we had less money, so it was important what money we had we spent more effectively.
‘I’m impressed by Motiv8’s work with young people who very often wouldn’t turn to the local authority for help.’
The charity has an excellent track record of high quality youth work.
Its work reducing youth offending and helping pupils who are struggling with school is valued by the police and 11 schools in the area who work with them.
In a survey, 80 per cent of young people said their school experience had improved thanks to Motiv8 and everyone rated it good or excellent.
The full range of programmes across all the new bases will be finalised and in place from June.
To find out more call (023) 9283 2727.