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May 7, 2024
Social Enterprise of the Month: Craft Hive CIC

Starting your own business can be a nervewracking experience but it can also be the best thing you ever do.  We talked to former teaching […]

May 1, 2024
Wigan wonder team win prestigious award.

A Wigan based team has been named winners of the Community Group award at this year’s prestigious Scope Disability Equality Awards. Wigan-based Happy Smiles Training […]

May 1, 2024
Would you like to know how to run a Really Good Social Enterprise?
March 22, 2024
Social Enterprise of the Month: Happy Smiles

We caught up with Alex Winstanley from Happy Smiles Training to find out how working with global brands such as Manchester United and Levis, as […]

February 28, 2024
Social Enterprise of the Month: Pianos, Pies and Pirouettes

Piano, Pies and Pirouettes dance school recently secured £150,000 of Proper Good funding to continue bringing arts to the community. We talked to co-owner Alan […]

January 2, 2024
Social Enterprise of the month: PGW Rebuild with hope

Rebuild with Hope caused a stir earlier this year when it set up its flagship store in the former Debenhams store in Wigan’s Grand Arcade. […]

December 7, 2023
The Twelve Days of a Proper Good Wigan Christmas

What a year it has been! As the countdown to Christmas starts, we are reflecting on 2023 and some of the extraordinary social enterprises we […]

November 20, 2023
Not-for-profit businesses ‘come on down’ to celebrate Social Enterprise Day

Businesses that work for the good of the community have gathered in Wigan to celebrate Social Enterprise Day, in 80s gameshow-style.  Wiganers were encouraged to […]

November 9, 2023
Proper Good media workshops for social enterprises

Yellow Jigsaw is bringing their community media expertise to a series of Proper Good workshops in the new year. Led by Yellow Jigsaw’s media director […]

October 30, 2023
Social Enterprise of the month: PGW Wigan Workshop CIC

Wigan Workshop CIC runs practical courses for the community. They offer affordablesessions in sewing, woodwork, joinery, DIY, and arts and craft. It recently became one […]

October 25, 2023
Rebuild With Hope, Grand Arcade (formerly Debenhams)

Date – 16th November 2023 Location: Rebuild With Hope, Grand Arcade (formerly Debenhams) Time: 10am – 6pm (with opportunities to attend throughout the day) The event will […]

October 3, 2023
Social Enterprise of the month: Verve

This is a good yarn. What do knitters, nannas, veterans and not-for-profit foster care have in common?  Threading these themes together is Verve Community CIC. […]

October 3, 2023
Grand opening of Wigan social enterprise hub in former Debenhams store

Wigan social enterprises are taking centre stage at the town’s former Debenhams store.   The building was formally re-opened on Thursday by the Mayor of Wigan […]

July 19, 2023
Social Enterprise of the month: Café Camaraderie

What is Café Camaraderie ? Café Camaraderie launched in 2023 by Lay’ah Rachel after noticing through professional and personal experience that there were significant gaps in […]

June 2, 2023
Social Enterprise of the month: Wigan Cosmos

What is Wigan Cosmos? Wigan Cosmos is the football club with a difference, aiming to connect people of all ages, football enthusiasts or not. Based […]

May 3, 2023
Social Enterprise of the month: Breastfeeding Together

What is Breastfeeding Together? Breastfeeding Together is a charity which was set up in 2015, providing positive peer support to families from pregnancy to early […]

March 30, 2023
Social Enterprise of the month: Complete Kindness

What is Complete Kindness? Complete Kindness CIC is a cafe and community space in Tyldesley, set up by Dionne Doherty to help support people with […]

March 1, 2023
International Women’s Day in Wigan Bourough

Celebrate International Women’s Day in a Proper Good Way International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8. It is a focal point in the […]

February 21, 2023
Social Enterprise of the month: Driven

What is Driven? Driven is an affordable charitable door-to-door transport scheme supporting vulnerable and isolated people in the Wigan Borough.  The Proper Good team got […]

February 10, 2023
Job Opportunities

Job opportunities with Wigan & Leigh Cares Centre… Living Well Network Support Worker Employing Organisation: Wigan and Leigh Carers CentreTitle: Living Well Network Support WorkerSalary: £21,730 – £23,177Hours: 35 […]

February 9, 2023
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Social Enterprise across the Wigan Borough…

Have a Proper Good Valentine’s Day It’s the month of love, so here’s how to have a ‘Proper Good’ Valentine’s Day this year with your […]

February 9, 2023
Latest Social Enterprise Network Bulletin

Driven Days Out… Check out Driven’s upcoming events that your community might want to get involved in!  Driven Days Out Take part in vital research […]

December 21, 2022
Latest Social Enterprise Network Bulletin

NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER… Children’s book that address health conditions, inclusion and diversity. A series of books written by Wigan author, Alex Winstanley, to help […]

December 13, 2022
How to have a ‘Proper Good’ Christmas

‘Tis the season to spread joy, love and merriness: and what better way to do this than to celebrate Christmas with businesses that make a […]

December 8, 2022
GMVCO Social Enterprise

Social Investment for Buildings Workshop… GMCVO Sourcing Social Investment workshop for buildings. When: Wednesday 25th January 2023 at 1pm – 2:30pm Where: Online & in-person at Leigh […]

November 17, 2022
What better way to start Social Enterprise Day than with a meeting with Wigan Council Cabinet member, councillor Nazia Rehman?

Having Finance, Resources and Transformation in her portfolio, she is extremely interested in how Social Enterprises can help lead Local Wealth Creation, by developing  a […]

November 11, 2022
From morning to evening: here’s how you can buy from social enterprises this Social Enterprise Day

Did you know, there are more than 250 social enterprises in the Wigan borough?  These unique businesses combine purpose with profit: meaning they deliver services […]

November 3, 2022
Latest Social Enterprise Network Bulletin

Unify Credit Union is recruiting… We are looking to recruit a Member Service Assistant to be based at our Leigh branch. This is a great opportunity for […]

August 22, 2022
Believe in Business Festival

This event has been postponed, please check back for details of the new date. On 15th September 2022, the Edge Conference centre will host the […]

July 18, 2022

The Wigan Borough saw the launch of the Proper Good programme on Thursday 30th of June at St Peter’s Pavilion. As one of four Boroughs […]

June 15, 2022
Latest Social Enterprise Network Bulletin

Honours Festival 14TH to 17TH JUNE 2022 The Department of Levelling up, Housing and Communities have this week launched their inaugural virtual Honours Festival, alongside the he Cabinet […]

June 15, 2022
Proper Good Programme Launch Event

WIGAN BOROUGH LAUNCH EVENT The Proper Good Programme launch event in Wigan Borough, will be atSt Peters Pavilion in Hindley on the 30th June from 9.30am […]

May 25, 2022
Multi-million-pound investment and training programme backed by Andy Burnham launches for “proper good Wigan entrepreneurs to tackle inequalities

An £8.25m investment and support programme has launched to support Wigan borough’s entrepreneurs to start or grow businesses that tackle inequalities in communities. Find out […]

May 17, 2022

YOUR OPEN DAY! Sunday 5th June 2022 PERFORMANCES DANCING REFRESHMENTS CONVERSATION COMMUNITY Coinciding with The Queen’s Jubilee and the recent anniversary of the 1972 Bickershaw […]

May 9, 2022
Would you like to be a Trustee of one of Wigan Boroughs leading Community Charities?

Wigan and Leigh Community Charity, formerly known as the Abram Ward Community Charity (AWCC) plays an integral role in the development of the social economy […]

May 9, 2022
Programme Coordinator at Wigan and Leigh Community Charity.

The Role. This post is a newly created role designed to coordinate and support the Wigan Local Access Programme; working closely with a range of […]

March 31, 2022

Please find below some information about three Social Audit Network (SAN) events this spring and summer, which may be of interest to you. these are […]

March 31, 2022

Shaping the Future of Social Value Social Enterprise UK was instrumental in helping pass the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 which places an obligation […]

March 31, 2022
Social Enterprise Network

Wigan Borough Social Enterprise Network Thanks to everyone who presented and attended last weeks event, held at Leigh Spinners Mill. Thanks to Farai from Everything Human […]

March 9, 2022

As part of Wigan Borough becoming a Social Enterprise Place via SEUK, we will be updating members on all things Social Enterprise at both National […]

March 7, 2022
Beyond The Pier Preview

We’re looking back on an incredible early Spring Saturday morning at the School for Performing Arts. On Saturday 5th March, Maxine Mealey at Wigan & […]

February 24, 2022
Made in Wigan Minis: A Major Vision for Local Wealth Creation

Our Made in Wigan Minis project aims to provide one contributing answer to the following question: How do we truly combine the charitable interests of […]

October 28, 2021
Abram Ward Neighbourhood Consultation Plan

CONSULTATION PERIOD… ABRAM WARD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN Consultation Paused Until Further Notice We are reaching out to the community, seeking engagement and feedback on a range […]

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 […]

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 […]

August 13, 2020
Tastebuds Community Garden

In June we launched our Community Garden project at Platt Bridge Community Zone, funded via Wigan Council.  We are looking to support local people in […]

May 26, 2020
Social Enterprise

Abram Ward Community Cooperative is delighted to announce that David has been selected as one of sixteen representatives of a new advisory group that will […]

March 27, 2019
Artwork celebrating shops in Abram

New artwork to be revealed very soon! The ‘Picture This’ project has finished collecting in stories, memories and photos celebrating the history of shops, shopping […]

March 27, 2019
‘We Count You In’ Gathering

Come to our ‘We Count You In Gathering’ Friday 5th April—6-8pm At Platt Bridge Community Zone, the home of Made In Wigan Come along and […]

February 7, 2019
#Picture- this- Abram- ward photo sharing

What are your earliest memories of the small businesses of the five villages of Abram Ward?

February 7, 2019
#losingcontrol was a great experience.
November 28, 2018
An ‘Eventful’ Autumn!

The past two months have flown by and have seen me buzzing about all over the borough and indeed the country attending events.

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
    made possible by the hard work and dedication of many people and among others the following organisations.