Motiv8 has operated as an independent Portsmouth based charity since February 1998. Originally called Portsmouth Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), it grew out of the need to respond to the numbers of young people who were offending or at risk of offending in Portsmouth.
In 2001 the then Chief Executive oversaw a full organisational review, resulting in a clearer focus on core business, with the Youth Justice Board’s risk and protective factors used to structure activities and evaluate impact. In 2003 the organisation changed its name to Motiv8, to provide clarity regarding the independence of the organisation from Portsmouth City Council’s community safety strategy and operations, mark the change in direction and practice of the work, and re-launch its new profile and identity.
In 2006, following the arrival of the new Chief Executive and the creation of a new post of Director of Operations, it was concluded that the organisation could best deliver services for young people and ensure sustainability by adopting a structured Delivery Process Model. This was centred on continuity of support and well defined progression routes and coincided with the introduction of community based teams, of which there are three today: Portsmouth, Gosport & Fareham and Havant.
In 2007 Motiv8 achieved Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) recognition. This has allowed a wide range of personal and social development programmes to be developed, many of which are delivered to schools. In 2010 Motiv8 introduced its STEPs programme which offers accredited learning up to Level 2 and can be structured from a brief intervention through to a 2 year programme.
Following the summer of civil unrest in 2011, Motiv8 held an internal competition to identify ideas to increase training and employment for young people. The winning entry was developed into Bicycle Recycling, a social enterprise providing training and jobs in cycle maintenance. Bicycle Recycling opened the doors of its first retail outlet, Bicycle Recycling Gosport, in 2012, opened the Community Cycle Hub in Portsmouth in February 2014 and opened the Naval Base Cycle Hub in Portsmouth Naval Base in 2016.
Motiv8 works in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner to provide DIVERT, a highly successful 10-week programme which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and offending in local communities.
Motiv8 now offers free Positive Activities in Portsmouth through You Choose!, as well as being the provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in Portsmouth. You Choose! runs a variety of activities across Portsmouth for different age groups and at different times, including evenings and holidays.
Motiv8 continues to be active in a wide range of networks and was instrumental in establishing both the Hampshire and the Portsmouth Alliances for voluntary and community sector organisations working with Children, Young People and Families. The organisation is also taking a lead in the sector in Children’s Trust and Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership arrangements in Portsmouth and Hampshire.
Our 2013-2016 BUSINESS PLAN.