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Volunteers recognised for star quality
Wednesday 3rd June, 2015

Local volunteers will have their moment shining in the spotlight when they are recognised at a special ceremony on Friday 5th June.

The borough-wide “Our Stars” event will celebrate the community service and contributions of time and talent from volunteers in Wigan Borough.

It will take place from 7pm at The Marquee, DW Stadium and more than 400 people will be attending including volunteers, families, and charities.

A community interest company who provide care for people with disabilities over aged 18, SK Independent Living Services (SKILS CIC), has took lead on organising the event with support from organisations and businesses across the borough including Tyldsley and Mosley Common Children’s Centres, Haigh Birds of Prey, WLCT, Wigan and Leigh Homes, H20 Scuba diving and Trust In Leigh.

The group successfully applied for £5,000 from Wigan Council’s The Deal for Communities Investment Fund to help fund the main event and have had lots of sponsorship and support from local businesses.

Over the last couple of months people have been nominating individuals and groups who they think should be recognised as stars and on the night there will be awards handed out for Volunteer of the Year, Impact on Disability, Lifetime Achievement, Inspiring Person, Community Champion and Young Leader.

Cllr Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities at Wigan Council, is attending the event to support it and said: “This is going to be a fantastic event. Through The Deal for Communities we wanted to work with our residents to encourage them to increase their responsibility for their neighbourhoods and that’s exactly what we are celebrating. I’m proud to see so many volunteers involved and doing great things.”

Samantha Broxton, who’s organising the event, said: “It really is amazing how much passion, energy and time volunteers bring to communities all over the borough. I don’t think people realise how lucky we are as a borough to have so many inspiring and caring people amongst us. We want to show the people of Wigan what the ‘Our Stars’ is all about and if they haven’t got involved this year then get them involved in 2016!”

This week is National Volunteer Week (1-7 June). Visit www.wigan.gov.uk/TheDeal to find out more about volunteering.

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