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MPs prediction that people will be ‘priced out’ of challenging employers confirmed by a Parliamentary Report
Tuesday 21st June, 2016
Yvonne Fovargue MP has today said that, at their current level, employment tribunal fees are making it unaffordable for many people to challenge employers who break the law, such as by discriminating against them or withholding their wages. The influential Justice Select Committee of MPs has published a report that finds that major changes are needed to make sure p...More


Creative Emotions to build resilience of Wigan’s children
Friday 10th June, 2016
Creative Emotions has come to Wigan to create a resilient future generation. Janine White of Creative Emotions is combining many years of training and experience to provide creative ways to explore feelings. Janine says that: ‘By providing a safe, non-judgemental and empathic setting for children to gain resilience, self -awareness and emotional regulation they ...More


Charity Summer Fete taking place to raise money for little boy’s cancer treatment

Charity Summer Fete taking place to raise money for little boy’s cancer treatment
Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Buttons & Bows Private Day Nursery in Atherton is hosting a charity fundraiser for 4-year-old Charlie Taylor, who needs £250,000 for vital cancer treatment. Charlie’s grandmother Veronica says: “Charlie is just four years old; he deserves the chance to become a man.” A local nursery is holding a summer fete to help raise money for a local boy’s cancer treatment. ...More


Local MP Yvonne Fovargue pledges support to help create Carer Friendly Communities in Wigan for Carers Week 2016

Local MP Yvonne Fovargue pledges support to help create Carer Friendly Communities in Wigan for Carers Week 2016
Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Yvonne Fovargue MP today pledged her support to carers across Wigan as part of the National Carers Week 2016 awareness campaign, which runs from 6-12th June. There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, of which over 34,800 carers are in the three parliamentary constituencies of Leigh, Makerfield and Wigan. The seven charitie...More


Police release image of man suspected of £300 distraction theft in Wigan

Police release image of man suspected of £300 distraction theft in Wigan
Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Police have released a CCTV image of a man suspected of stealing £300 from a 79-year-old woman in Wigan. At around 2.25pm on Friday 27 May 2016, the victim was withdrawing cash from an ATM outside Lloyds TSB on Market Street, Wigan, when she was approached by a man. He distracted her, and while her attention was diverted away from the machine he stole £300 from her...More


Murphy creates new wetland at local high school
Tuesday 31st May, 2016
Leading building and engineering firm J. Murphy & Sons (Murphy) will help officially open a new biodiversity Wetlands project in Golborne on 1st June. Murphy created the biodiversity scheme for free at Golborne High School, working alongside GoaLCo, The Golborne and Lowton Cooperative Learning Partnership and Leisure Trust, inspiring healthy lifestyles, on behalf o...More


Yvonne Fovargue MP calls on Government to make Universal Credit work for children
Wednesday 11th May, 2016
Yvonne Fovargue MP has called on the Government to reverse their cuts to Universal Credit, as they are set to drive children in to poverty. Ms Fovargue joined Labour calls during a parliamentary debate for the reversal of cuts to the Universal Credit work allowance and a revised impact assessment on the policy in light of huge cuts to its budget. The Institute for ...More


Britain in Bloom campaign set to launch
Wednesday 13th April, 2016
A special event is being held in Wigan town centre to celebrate the borough’s entry into the national RHS Britain in Bloom competition. Wigan Borough in Bloom won the prestigious Gold Award and Best in Category in North West in Bloom 2015 and, as a result, was nominated for this year’s national competition which will be judged in August. Mayor of Wigan, Cllr Susan ...More


SWEET SUCCESS FOR RESTAURANT’S 1st BIRTHDAY CHARITY FUNDRAISER

SWEET SUCCESS FOR RESTAURANT’S 1st BIRTHDAY CHARITY FUNDRAISER
Wednesday 9th March, 2016
An Appley Bridge restaurant celebrated its first year anniversary in style with the local community and VIP guests at an open coffee and cake morning in aid of a local charity. The team at Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, which first opened its doors in March last year, hosted a charity raffle and collected donations in return for coffees and cakes to raise funds for ‘J...More


Celebration event says, ‘Thanks a Minion’, to children in care

Celebration event says, ‘Thanks a Minion’, to children in care
Wednesday 9th March, 2016
The achievements of young people in care and their carers were recognised at a ‘minion’ themed awards event, which brought over 400 local people together. The event was planned by young people’s group, ‘Voices for Choices’, who help to represent the views of young people in care and who chose the ‘minion’ theme. Councillor Jo Platt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for C...More


E.ON invites Wigan community groups to apply for funding from its Energy Action Fund
Wednesday 9th March, 2016
E.ON is inviting charities and community groups in Wigan to apply for up to £2,000 of funding through its Energy Action Fund. To be eligible for funding, charities and community groups must put forward requests to support activities that help bring about a reduction in their own energy use, help generate energy from a renewable source, or provide energy efficiency a...More


Community spirit brightens up Aspull

Community spirit brightens up Aspull
Wednesday 9th March, 2016
Colourful planters and hanging baskets are being installed in Aspull thanks to the village’s flourishing In Bloom group. Ward councillors have used their Brighter Borough funding to pay for three new planters outside the row of shops in Scot Lane. The planters will be maintained by local businesses Truly Scrumptious, Aspull Racing and PD Wogan Butcher’s. The In Blo...More


Efit released after man exposed himself in Wigan

Efit released after man exposed himself in Wigan
Wednesday 9th March, 2016
Police have released an E-fit after a man exposed himself in Wigan. At about 9.45pm on Wednesday 10 February 2016 a woman was walking on Bickershaw Lane in Bickershaw when she heard a man’s voice in the bushes. She then saw that a man was in the bushes and was exposing himself. The man is described as Asian, 45-50-years-old, 5ft 5in tall, of stocky build and he was...More


New campaign to tackle child abuse launches
Thursday 3rd March, 2016
A study has revealed a third of people who suspect child abuse could be happening to someone they know do nothing. The research comes as a new national campaign launches to let people know how they can report their concerns of neglect or abuse and encourage more people to come forward. The hard hitting campaign from the Department for Education is delivering the me...More


New £500,000 fund to get Wigan Borough moving announced as budget agreed
Thursday 3rd March, 2016
A new £500,000 community fund to help get people in Wigan Borough more active was unveiled by the leader of Wigan Council as the budget for the coming year was set. Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, announced the new ‘Wigan On The Move’ fund at the Full Council meeting in Wigan town hall yesterday (Wednesday). It will be available for community groups and ...More


Dedicated council staff honoured
Wednesday 2nd March, 2016
Dedicated public sector workers who have gone the extra mile have been recognised for their commitment. Staff members at Wigan Council were recognised at its annual ‘Confident Council Awards’. The council employs more than 4,000 staff and delivers more than 700 essential services to the 320,000 residents in the borough. The awards play a key part in the council’s ...More


Lancashire hotel to host dinner for cross code rugby legend

Lancashire hotel to host dinner for cross code rugby legend
Thursday 11th February, 2016
The most decorated player in rugby league history is to be guest of honour at a sportsman’s dinner to be held at a North Lancashire hotel. Inspirational dual code rugby legend Shaun Edwards OBE, who enjoyed a glittering career with Wigan and is now a hugely successful rugby union coach, will take centre stage at the More


Couple jailed for dealing cocaine from their Wigan home

Couple jailed for dealing cocaine from their Wigan home
Thursday 11th February, 2016
A couple have been jailed for dealing cocaine from the home they shared in Wigan. Stephen Matthew Downing (born 18/12/1960) and Claire Holmes (born 06/06/1984), both of Marsh Green, Wigan, pleaded guilty to intent to supply cocaine and supplying cocaine at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday 14 January 2016. Downing also pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud and six cou...More


Don’t let Blue Monday get you down
Friday 15th January, 2016
It’s supposedly the most depressing day of the year with Christmas in the past but the debt of it still present. Debt charity StepChange have forecast Monday 18th January or ‘Blue Monday’ to be their busiest day of the year with over 20,000 people contacting them for help with debt. By the third Monday in January many residents will be struggling with Christmas deb...More


Care training places released to meet demand
Thursday 14th January, 2016
Local homecare provider, Home Instead Senior Care, has announced the release of 60 free New Year training places for caregivers as demand for care services spirals. A perfect storm of an ageing population and downward pressure on social care budgets has led to an imbalance and more people are now needed to provide care which will enable local elderly people to remai...More


 
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