|Marsh Green PACT Success
Reaching for the sky - the climbing wall at the Marsh Green event
It’s Partners and Communities Together as the council and local groups join forces to improve communities. PACT is a process with big plans to make a positive difference – but who are these partners?
The community around St Barnabas’ Church in Marsh Green certainly found out last weekend when a huge range of local groups and services came together for a big family event stacked with activities. And with food tasting, jewellery making, stalls, plus football, a climbing wall, BBQ and colouring for the children, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
Nicola Robertson, the council’s PACT co-ordinator in the area, said: “Working together, we can address many of people’s concerns right at street level. There was a superb turnout – from local people as well as local groups – as we brought the community together, and I’d like to thank everyone for making the event such a success.”
- The council’s neighbourhood, children's’ and environmental teams
- Pemberton neighbourhood policing team
- St Barnabas’ Church
- Wigan & Leigh Housing
- Groundwork Trust
- Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust
- The Primary Care Trust
- Wincanton - who supplied the drinks and crisps
- Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
Young people who go to the X Zones social clubs on Fridays evening made cakes for the event and many were there on the day itself.
Organisers were thrilled that over 500 people attended the free events, and with many of them taking a strong interest in local groups, the Active Living team were delighted to report that they have enough recruits for a brand new Tai Chi group for the area.
The event was organised under the PACT initiative by the council’s Neighbourhood Teams – similar projects are underway across the borough to ensure local issues are addressed by residents and council on the ground in each community.