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Young people can LINC 2 useful information
Thursday 30th April, 2015

Young people can LINC 2 useful information
Rory Gilmore, Jamie Boland, Jonathan Fitzgerald and David Stacey from Wigan Youth Cabinet

A new website, offering local young people the chance to find all the information they need in one place, has been launched in Wigan Borough.

LINC2 has been developed with young people and includes information on things to do, local support services, ways young people can get involved and have a say and information on issues that might be important to young people, such as bullying, staying safe and friendship.

The site is hosted within Wigan Council’s website and this is the first time the council has dedicated a section of its site exclusively to young people. The site is just one of the council’s commitments contained within the Deal for Children and Young People, which sets out how the council will help young people be healthy and active, stay safe and share their views.

James Winterbottom, interim director of children’s services at Wigan Council, says:
“The idea behind LINC2 is to have lots of information that young people might need in one place so that they don’t have to search through lots of different sites. We’ve also made sure that the information included on the site meets the standards of the different partners that we work with and government guidelines in terms of its accessibility and the messages we’re giving to young people. We hope that lots of young people will take a look at the site and find it useful.”

Grace Thompson, 18, from Wigan, is one of the young people who helped to put the site together, advising on the subjects needed and writing some of the articles.

She says:
“I'm really pleased that the LINC2 website is up and running. I believe it will be a really useful and accessible tool which will, hopefully, enable young people in Wigan to discover what activities are available for them in their local area. It also provides key information on issues that young people face. Perhaps the best thing about LINC2 is that much of its content has been written, designed, etc by young people for young people, making it relevant and relatable. I'd like to thank every person who has been involved in the creation of this website.”

Steve Sheridan, Wigan and Bolton Group Manager for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, chairs Wigan Youth Forum. The forum brings together lots of organisations with an aim of improving activities and services available for young people across the borough.

He says:
“The site will develop as time goes on and we hope that young people are going to keep working with us to help us make sure that the information is relevant to them. It’s a work in progress so if there’s an activity that we’ve missed off the site that should be on there or an issue that young people need to know more about – they can get in touch and let us know. There’s also the chance for young people to write articles for the site and share their own views with other young people. And if you don’t like reading lots of information, you can always make use of the information streams via Twitter or Facebook or take a look at some of the information films young people have made on the YouTube channel.”

For more details go to www.wigan.gov.uk/LINC2, @LINC2Wigan (Twitter) or www.facebook.com/LincWigan

If you’re a young person who would like to write for the site, email linc2@wigan.gov.uk

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