Wigan & Leigh Community Cooperative.
Made In Wigan Enable, Empower & Enact Change.
Made In Wigan.
Made In Wigan Enable, Powered By.
Made In Wigan Enable, Education.
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Wigan & Leigh Community Cooperative.
Made In Wigan Enable, Empower & Enact Change.
Made In Wigan.
Made In Wigan Enable, Powered By.
Made In Wigan Enable, Education.
Made In Wigan, events
Church Tower In Wigan
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WE ENABLE, EMPOWER & ENACT CHANGE.

The Wigan and Leigh Community Charity (WLCC) exists to build on the expertise developed in the Abram Ward Community Charity in order to maximize local resources and instigate, nurture and develop community business and social enterprise across the whole borough of Wigan, providing the knowledge, skills, networks and platforms, to enable social enterprise in all its different forms to thrive, thus contributing at a significant level to the education, employment and enterprise in Wigan and its neighbouring boroughs.

Our values include:

• A commitment to protect the environment to achieve net-zero buildings by 2030
• An unswerving commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of our organisation
It's about people

It's about people

…the growth of the local economy for the benefit of the local community…​

​…an opportunity for any person within a community to turn an interest or skill into a valued product or service…​

​…to work with other people to create new, or expand existing community businesses…​

​…that add value and trade with the local and wider community, in turn generating further revenue and jobs…

 

It’s also an opportunity for young people:

  • We will attend careers fairs, industry days etc. with local schools to let young people know about community business and social enterprise​
  • Options to become an employer rather than an employee​
  • Helping to retain wealth within the borough and possibly bring further wealth into the borough
  • An opportunity to develop your own Social Enterprise or Community Business:
  • We work with aspirant and established local, community and social entrepreneurs wishing to learn and improve their practice in successful social entrepreneurship, and helping them to create opportunities to establish their businesses and develop their markets under the concept of ‘make and buy local’, both in person and on line.​
  • WLCC aims to take ideas generated via Community Organising, to help provide the support these organisations require.​
  • Start Up support will be access to accommodation, funding support etc.​
  • Scale Up support will be via Enterprise Coaching, but also mechanisms to help to raise awareness of their product / service, and sell to the Public and Private sector, but also the local community.
  • WLCC has developed an Enterprise Awareness Programme that aims to support local people, from School leavers through to people looking to find employment, to identify the Social Economy sector as a career opportunity.
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It's about places

It's about places

WLCC adopts a Place-based approach to empowering and supporting local communities in their development of their neighbourhoods. This enables communities to feel that they are instrumental in making where they live the place that they want it to be. It nurtures pride, tackles loneliness, gives a sense of purpose and belief.

We recognise that there are diverse needs within local communities and respond to these needs by stimulating and supporting local action.

Identifying and stimulating the Social Economy sector to spot opportunities to respond to, armed with the resources they need to succeed.

Supporting the development of ward-based Community Organising, including Neighbourhood Plans, to create Planning Policies for Social Economy organisations so to be integral to the local neighbourhoods’ development

We work with local communities, resident groups etc, and people from across the borough, helping them to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks to undertake their own Neighbourhood vision for the future development of their neighbourhoods, working in partnership with the local authority and other strategic organisations
One key driver is Neighbourhood Planning.

This has been developed in Abram Ward as an approach and has seen a Community Action Plan developed. These actions in Abram Ward will then be implemented by Wigan and Leigh Community Charity, be it run via WLCC or in support of other Social Economy organisations.
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W & L Community Co-Operative

Charity leading on a Buy Local campaign via our brand 'Made in Wigan' which aims to reduce inequality via the growth of Community Business. We create a 'bottom up' approach, ensuring we shape services for the community, led by the community. All our Community Businesses are looking for volunteers to join, learn new skills and make products that will be sold on our Online platform.

We aim to support new Community Businesses in Abram Ward and Boroughwide.

COMMUNITY BUSINESS ASSETS, DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT.

The Wigan and Leigh Community Charity (WLCC) offers a ‘one-stop shop’ for aspirant local entrepreneurs and community leaders who need access to the knowledge, skills, networks and resources, both on and off line, to set up successful community-focused businesses in the borough and its immediate surroundings.

We do this by working closely with the local authority, local business and community networks. We manage buildings accommodating small businesses; we promote community businesses by promoting them on and off line, in especially designed and managed trading locations; we empower local communities to become more entrepreneurial through our practical, reality-based training and development; and we stimulate early ambitions by providing experience-based education, mentoring and work experience for young people.
Buildings

Buildings

The Platt Bridge Community Zone is a vivid example of our ability to combine the ‘soft’ assets community groups bring in terms of knowledge, skills and volunteer time, and the ‘hard’ assets the Council can offer, such as buildings. 

WLCC will build on that experience to give a new lease of life to vital local facilities, using our ability to access funding and resources not available to the Council to enable us to invest and improve the offer to local people.

Open spaces

The Council’s ‘hard’ assets are not only buildings, they can be Open Spaces such as playing fields, bowling greens, hard-standing, allotments etc. There are many ways that these areas can be re-purposed to provide new spaces for vital local facilities or for the use of new and existing Community Businesses. 

Using our ability to access funding and resources not available to the Council, we can invest in and improve these disused places to re-invigorate areas in and around the Borough.
Shop

Shop

Within our Wigan Hub, our shop is used to promote and sell the goods that are produced by local enterprises. Each enterprise will produce a range of goods for sale and as you browse the goods, you can also read their story and why the goods are produced and by whom. We are always looking for new producers to sell their goods.

We also deliver a programme of mentor driven support from our upstairs meeting space for people wishing to learn how they can become part of an existing or start a new Community Business. If you wish to enquire please email.
Community Led Housing

Community led housing

Under the banner of our “Neighbourhood Plan’, we aim for our neighbourhood to be socially inclusive and to provide homes for families, couples and single people of all ages and backgrounds, these homes will include small and large properties: apartments, houses and bungalows. 

We also aim for homes in Abram Ward to have a mix of tenures, from social housing, affordable rented homes, affordable homes to buy as well as larger homes to rent or buy. It is essential that new homes are built to high-quality standards with environmental sustainability and energy efficiency at the forefront.
September 3, 2020
Thank You From Made In Wigan

Thank you! We would like to share a huge thank you to everyone who attended our first Made in Wigan Charity Event on the 24th […]

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August 21, 2020
MIW’s First Charity Night

This bank holiday weekend we will welcome our first Made in Wigan Charity Event run via Abram Ward Community Cooperative. We are especially looking forward […]

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August 13, 2020
New Made In Wigan Shop

After a complete transformation and a successful opening event the new Made in Wigan shop is open. This will provide us a platform to help […]

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Proud to have talked at todays Wigan Borough VSCE Convention about the future vision alongside Suzanne from Groundwork and our work so far as part of @peoplesbiz EP programme. Thanks to @borough_wide for organising the event and @WiganCouncil and @craigjohnharris from Wigan CCG

Proud to have talked at todays Wigan Borough VSCE Convention about the future vision alongside Suzanne from Groundwork and our work so far as part of @peoplesbiz EP programme. Thanks to @borough_wide for organising the event and @WiganCouncil and @craigjohnharris from Wigan CCG ...

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Would you like to learn a new skill?  Do you like metal stamping? Look at the fantastic creations here - @suestampsmetal Sue is going to undertake a taster session at the Made in Wigan shop in September for just £15 per person.  For this, you will spend 2 hours learning new skills and take away your creation.Message us if you fancy having a go and we will sort times and dates.

Would you like to learn a new skill? Do you like metal stamping? Look at the fantastic creations here - @suestampsmetal
Sue is going to undertake a taster session at the Made in Wigan shop in September for just £15 per person. For this, you will spend 2 hours learning new skills and take away your creation.
Message us if you fancy having a go and we will sort times and dates.
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If you are in the Leigh area on Tuesday, please nip to @theturnpikeleigh to take part in this fantastic documentary by @northernheartfilms@WiganCouncil @umbrellaartsnw @happysmilestrainingcic @embracewiganandleigh

If you are in the Leigh area on Tuesday, please nip to @theturnpikeleigh to take part in this fantastic documentary by @northernheartfilms

@WiganCouncil @umbrellaartsnw @happysmilestrainingcic @embracewiganandleigh
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CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Singers | Musicians | Comedians | Spoken Word  Open Mic opportunity for talented locals. Share the stage at the biggest outdoor festival in Abram Ward this year. If you have a one-person act that can be performed on stage in front of a microphone, we want to hear from you! The act must be no longer than 5 minutes including introductions to the audience, so an ideal length is 3 to 4 minutes. Send us a filmed version (MP4 file) of around 60 seconds of the act you might perform on the day to d.baxter@wlcommunity.org.uk The best entries will be selected by the judging panel for inclusion at the event. You must be available to attend on the day. Open to all local talent! Please also let us know if you have any additional needs to help you perform. OUR TOWN LIVE  Saturday 31st July 2021 (11am to 5pm) Sherwood Way, Platt Bridge (Playing Fields) Open to all ages 11+@wigancouncil / @theoldcourts #WLCC #WiganandLeighCommunityCharity #WLCommunityCharity #OurTownLive #Abram #AbramWard #Wigan

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

Singers | Musicians | Comedians | Spoken Word

Open Mic opportunity for talented locals. Share the stage at the biggest outdoor festival in Abram Ward this year.

If you have a one-person act that can be performed on stage in front of a microphone, we want to hear from you!

The act must be no longer than 5 minutes including introductions to the audience, so an ideal length is 3 to 4 minutes.

Send us a filmed version (MP4 file) of around 60 seconds of the act you might perform on the day to d.baxter@wlcommunity.org.uk

The best entries will be selected by the judging panel for inclusion at the event. You must be available to attend on the day. Open to all local talent!

Please also let us know if you have any additional needs to help you perform.

OUR TOWN LIVE

Saturday 31st July 2021 (11am to 5pm)

Sherwood Way, Platt Bridge (Playing Fields)

Open to all ages 11+

@wigancouncil / @theoldcourts

#WLCC #WiganandLeighCommunityCharity #WLCommunityCharity #OurTownLive #Abram #AbramWard #Wigan
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Made in Wigan have new Twitter and Instagram pages! Please follow to keep up to date with fresh content from a great initiative!Twitter - Search 'MadeInWiganOrg'Instagram - @made.in.wiganorg 👈follow here!#WLCC #WiganandLeighCommunityCharity #WLCommunityCharity

Made in Wigan have new Twitter and Instagram pages! Please follow to keep up to date with fresh content from a great initiative!

Twitter - Search 'MadeInWiganOrg'
Instagram - @made.in.wiganorg 👈follow here!

#WLCC #WiganandLeighCommunityCharity #WLCommunityCharity
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Are you someone or have you identified someone who might benefit from becoming involved with WLCC or any of our initiatives such as Made in Wigan?

There are various ways that you can get in touch to take things forward.

It may be that you want to make contact to first find out if there really is a ‘fit’.

You may want to speak on the phone, come and visit us on behalf of someone, or maybe you’d like to bring someone along for an initial chat.

Whichever route you prefer we can accommodate.

First things first though, share some brief details and we’ll be back in touch!

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    Wigan & Leigh Community Charity. Business Community Hub. Platt Bridge Community Zone.
    81 Ribble Road, Platt Bridge, Wigan. WN2 5EG
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