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Warm up this winter with AWARM Plus
Friday 14th December, 2018
As the first frosts of the winter have already fallen, now is the perfect time to think about keeping warm. Many people across the borough could benefit from support such as a free new central heating systems through Wigan Council’s AWARM Plus programme. The offer is part of the Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund, which will install fully funded ‘first-time’ centra...More

More support for foster carers through innovative new programme
Friday 14th December, 2018
A new way of fostering is being rolled out in Wigan Borough. The pioneering ‘Mockingbird’ programme involves foster carers being part of a group with other carers meaning they get an extended network of family support. Up to ten families of foster carers will live close to a ‘hub’ foster carer, who is often an experienced carer, who can provide respite care, peer s...More

Wigan woman funds apprentice and invests in local library
Friday 14th December, 2018
Today, on the anniversary of her mother’s passing, a woman with a passion for libraries met the apprentice she personally funded using a chunk of her inheritance. Rosalie Garner, 68, from Wigan has always had a love for libraries and was impressed with Wigan Council’s ability to keep all the borough’s libraries open, despite excruciating financial difficulty. And,...More

Young people are aspiring to Success 4 Life
Friday 14th December, 2018
A group of young people have got their sights set on university after completing a confidence building course. Run by Greater Manchester Higher at Wigan & Leigh College, in partnership with Wigan Council, Success 4 Life aims to encourage young people who are living in care to continue with their studies into further and higher education when they leave school. Jenn...More

Help for the homeless
Friday 14th December, 2018
There is lots of help available for homeless people in Wigan Borough this Christmas. There is currently overnight accommodation available to rough sleepers in Wigan and Leigh and people are being encouraged to report any rough sleepers so they can be offered this support. When accessing emergency accommodation in the borough rough sleepers don’t just get a bed for ...More

Fly tippers caught out
Friday 14th December, 2018
Fly tippers are being warned they face big fines following the conviction of two men for dumping waste. Wigan Council successfully prosecuted two men for dumping household waste on land off Heyford Road in Marsh Green. Wigan Magistrates Court heard how Nathan Seddon, of Victor Close, and Lewis Hare, of Kitt Green Road, had dumped bags of household waste on 18th Nov...More

Residents compete in first care home Olympics
Friday 14th December, 2018
Slipper soccer, bowling and dog walking were all sports in Wigan Borough’s first Care Home Olympics. Last week the residents of 15 care homes and one extra care setting showcased their sporting skills to take part in a series of competitive games over two days. The games were held as part of a project called Active Care Homes, in partnership with Inspiring Health...More

Local takeaways fail food allergy testing
Friday 14th December, 2018
A number of local takeaways have failed an undercover sampling test conducted by trading standards officers. Our officers recently visited several local takeaways to conduct undercover sampling. During the visit officers stated to staff that they had specific allergies to peanut and milk, and therefore could not eat food containing those ingredients. In total six...More

Councillor reprimanded for making false allegations about hotel business
Wednesday 21st November, 2018
A councillor who made unsubstantiated allegations on Facebook about a hotel chain has been reprimanded for breaching the councillors’ code of conduct. Councillor Bob Brierley, independent councillor for Hindley Green, posted the comments on Facebook about Contessa Hotels. Cllr Brierley made further unsubstantiated allegations about the company during a protest outs...More

Dementia Friends comes to Standish
Wednesday 21st November, 2018
Residents in Standish are being encouraged to do their bit to help make it a Dementia Friendly village. So far more than 200 people, including pupils from Standish High School and 20 local businesses, have taken part in Dementia Friends sessions. Dementia Friends Information sessions teaches people the signs of dementia to look out for and how to offer practical h...More

Local pit brow lass to be recognised with plaque
Wednesday 21st November, 2018
Local woman and former pit brow lass, Rita Culshaw, is to be commemorated with a plaque at a women’s history event next week. ‘Rebel Women’ is an event organised by the council’s Wigan and Leigh Archives and Local Studies team, which will commemorate the centenary of women over the age of 30 being given the right to vote in parliamentary elections. Taking place...More

Charity benefits from crematorium recycling scheme
Wednesday 21st November, 2018
Families across the borough have helped to donate £5,000 to a children’s charity thanks to an innovative recycling scheme at Wigan Crematorium. The Mayor’s charity of the year Derian House benefitted from a national scheme which sees metals from orthopaedic implants such as hip or knee replacements recycled following a cremation. Andrew Bond, bereavement service ma...More

Market Place revamp in early 2019
Tuesday 6th November, 2018
The future look of Wigan town centre has been revealed as part of a major regeneration project which will begin in the coming months. The project, delivered by Wigan Council, will see significant improvements to Market Place including; the replacement of existing benches, additional seating, recycling bins, installation of planters, trees and flowers, cycle parking ...More

Wigan Council in the running for council of the year award
Tuesday 6th November, 2018
Wigan Council has been shortlisted for the prestigious LGC Awards 2019 just months after The Deal was hailed as the future for health services by The Kings Fund. The council has been announced as a finalist for Council of the Year at the awards which recognise excellence in local government across the country. Wigan Council will go up against Cheshire West and Ches...More

Have your say at Big Listening Event
Tuesday 6th November, 2018
Wigan residents will get the chance to talk about what they see for the future of the borough at a Big Listening Event next week. Wigan Council will be hosting the session at Wigan Life Centre on Monday 12th November as part of The Big Listening Project where the public can speak about what is important to them. The Deal transformed the way the council works with c...More

Working together to tackle homelessness
Tuesday 6th November, 2018
A borough-wide outreach service for rough sleepers, covering evenings and weekends, is just one of the measures being implemented from December in Wigan Borough to tackle homelessness. The Brick has been officially appointed to deliver the borough’s homelessness and emergency accommodation services and will be working with Wigan Council to provide increased service...More

Speakers confirmed for North West Business Expo
Tuesday 30th October, 2018
Digital tech, collaborative working and future vision are just some of the topics being explored at one of the North West’s largest Business Expos next month. Wigan Council’s annual Business Expo is back for its ninth year and delegates will be given the opportunity to hear from and mix with a number of national and regional businesses to network, make new contact...More

Have your say on sprinklers
Tuesday 30th October, 2018
Residents living in the Wigan Borough’s high-rise flats are being invited to have their say on plans to install sprinkler systems in their homes. As part of a Greater Manchester wide project, Wigan Council has proposed that all council owned high-rise residential blocks in Wigan town centre should be fitted with sprinkler systems next year following the tragic Gren...More

Football brings people together
Tuesday 30th October, 2018
People from lots of different communities came together to play football in the Together Cup, a tournament organised by Wigan Council, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles. Councillor Chris Ready, portfolio holder for communities and neighbourhoods, says, ‘The tournament was all about building positive community relations through football...More

Nationally acclaimed chief executive of Wigan Council to retire
Tuesday 16th October, 2018
The chief executive of Wigan Council Donna Hall has announced she is to retire next year after a hugely successful eight years at the helm. Donna Hall CBE has won national acclaim throughout her time at Wigan with bold reforms and the forging of ‘The Deal’ – a new model of local government. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham this week described Donna as a “publi...More

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