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Turn your community idea – big or small - into a reality
Tuesday 3rd September, 2013

Do you have an idea for something that would make your community a better place to live? Would you like some help to make it happen and turn your idea into a reality?

Wigan Council is working with Community Catalysts and the School for Social Entrepreneurs to run a series of free sessions to take you step-by-step through getting up and running. You don't need qualifications or any previous experience - all you need is an idea and we can support you to do the rest.

Your idea might be big or small but it could have a big impact on the community you live in. Perhaps you have a skill or hobby you can share with others, or you’re thinking about starting a group, or a new club. These could be services that help people gain a new skill, make new friends, or enjoy a leisure activity. You may need support yourself but have views on something that could be started to improve your community. It could even be something that you and your carer would like to set up together.

Through the workshop sessions, we can guide you through the stages relevant to your idea, and bringing it to life, including shaping your idea, pricing it, finding a venue, finding people to work with and how to set up, and can help you identify and overcome any potential stumbling blocks.

Cllr Keith Cunliffe, Wigan Council cabinet member for adult health and social care, said: “Local people know their community the best and so are just the people to suggest what is needed to make it a better place to live in. We are encouraging people who have got ideas for making Scholes and the surrounding area a better place to live to come and share those ideas with us, and we can help make them happen. It is an opportunity to do something you've always wanted to do to make where you live a better place, but perhaps didn't know how to go about doing it.

“As well as offering the chance to learn new skills, or develop those you have, the workshops are an opportunity to meet other people in your community who also have great ideas, and there’s no cost to you.”

The workshops are free and people who complete them will be supported to find funding opportunities to get their ideas started. Workshops will be held on: 18th and 25th September, and 2nd and 16th October at St Patrick’s Rugby Club, Harper St (off Darlington St) in Wigan and run from 11am to 3pm. Participants will need to attend all four sessions.

If you live in Scholes or the surrounding areas and would like an informal discussion to find out more, or book your place, call or text Mark from the Community Catalyst team on: 07741 260 674.


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