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Stuart Maconie helps Wigan youngsters make the transition
Monday 25th January, 2010

Leaving school is a big milestone in the life of any young person. With an increasing array of post-school options available, the decision about which direction to take can be one that raises many questions. And for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities in Wigan, it’s no different. With an often bewildering array of options available, it can be difficult to know which way to turn.

To help families with their choice, Wigan Borough’s multi-agency Transition Sub-Group of the Learning Disability Partnership Board is organising a Transition Event to bring together representatives from a wide range of specialist agencies, to offer information and advice on the variety of support, services and opportunities available to young people and their families.

Now in its ninth year, the event will be opened by Wigan-born writer and broadcaster, Stuart Maconie, who will be on hand to say a few words and meet youngsters on the day.

The event will be taking place at Lowton Civic Hall on Thursday January 28, between 1pm and 6.30pm and is aimed at young people aged 14-19 years with learning difficulties and disabilities, their families, schools and other service providers and professionals. Help will be at hand from officers from Connexions, Further Education Colleges, Adult Services Providers and Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Community Healthcare and many more.

Wigan Council’s Service Manager for Adult Learning Disability Services Provision, Bridget Hollingsworth, says: “We would urge young people with learning difficulties and disabilities and their families to come and join us, meet Stuart and get excited about the future.”

Bridget adds: “This event will give young people and their families the opportunity to meet a whole range of people and agencies that could help them make decisions about how they spend their life after leaving school and college. There will be people on hand who can provide advice about young people employing their own personal assistants, as well as organisation that can provide direct support.”

“Information will also be available about further education and employment and there will be people there who can advise on benefits and, for those interested in moving into their own home, advice will be available on the many housing options they could consider.”

For further information on the event, please contact the Access and Inclusion Team at Wigan Council on 01942 486142.

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