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Our Partners.

Since 2014, we have based our work on the principles and values of partnership working and supporting other to grow, in order to provide services that are needed in our communities.

As part of our Power to Change Empowering Places programme, we have seed funded 11 Community Businesses and aim to continue to support more organisations in the future.

These organisations were seed funded based on a Participatory Budgeting approach, where we work with the local community to decide which services they would like in their community.

Each of these 11 organisations has not only received seed funds, but they have also gained access to capacity support funds that we have via Power to Change, plus have received support in accommodation, Funding, Business Planning, Marketing and Networking.

We also work alongside some amazing organisations and Businesses to help us to support our communities.

In 2020, we were able to be successful in our application to Social Enterprise UK to see Wigan Borough registered as a Social Enterprise Place. A number of our strategic partners supported us with this application and will support us in driving forward the Social Economy in Wigan Borough.
We also have strategic partners at Neighbourhood level, Boroughwide, GM wide and Nationally. These range from our Abram Ward Neighbourhood Plan Forum and local Primary Schools to the Community Wealth building Anchor partnership led by Wigan Council, to GM led Social Economy initiatives, through to national partners such as Power to Change and Locality.

See our amazing partners that help everyone strive forward together. Click the services that are listed below and hover over the tiles to reveal more information.

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The Deal

An informal agreement between The Council and everyone who lives or works here to work together to create a better borough. We have committed to a series of pledges and in return need residents and businesses to play their part too.

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Wigan Council

We’re proud of our relationship with Wigan Council.

They have pioneered a new operating model, working collaboratively with its residents to make a tangible difference to their lives. Its leadership has depth and is always eager to disseminate innovation, providing a blueprint for British local government and beyond.
They were awarded the coveted and fiercely contested prize of Council of the Year at the LGC Awards in 2019.

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Power To Change

Their vision is to create better places through community business. We will use our endowment to strengthen community businesses across England. This means providing money, advice and support to help local people come together to take control. At a time when many parts of the country face cuts, neglect and social problems, they want to make sure local areas survive and stay vibrant. We do so by being bold, collaborative, open and informed.

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Co-operatives Uk

is the voice for the UK’s thousands of independent co‑ops.
Co-operatives UK is a network of thousands of co-operatives. They are owned and controlled by their members, who are member-owned organisations. Alongside our members, we work consistently and proactively to grow the co-operative economy by promoting, developing and uniting co-operatives.
Their vision is to build a better world through co-operation.
Their mission is to grow the co-operative economy in the UK.

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Connolly

A Family business striving to deliver truly unique services that inspire their people, their customers and industry.
Their business model involves the direct delivery of services with local people from the local area and they currently employ over 260 from around the Borough. They have an established local approved supply chain of over 130 local specialist subcontractors. They are passionate about the region and its sustained growth and have supported Community Businesses via the MadeInWigan initiative.

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Yellow Jigsaw

Yellow jigsaw delivers award-winning PR and communications consultancy across the North West to the not-for-profit sector and values-driven businesses, as well as delivering targeted projects that tackle the issue of media diversity.

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Milliken

At Milliken, we look beyond our day-to-day business and consider the positive impact we can have on the world. We know that achieving our bold vision means having the courage to think big, so we empower our associates to aim high—developing their ideas, always guided by long-held values and a clear vision for building a better world.

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Wigan Workshop CiC

We are a Community Interest Company which was set up in 2016 to help develop craft & joinery skills amongst local people and to create & sell products to our local community. Our work is designed to be inclusive, and we specialise in dementia-friendly activities and autism-friendly workshops.

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Leigh Building Preservation Trust

The Trust has developed learning opportunities using Leigh Spinner’s Mill as the stimulus. The programme has been developed in line with KS2 History targets for a local study.Leigh Spinner’s Mill is Leigh’s largest building and is Listed Grade 2*

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Arts at the Mill CiC

The Old Courts is YOUR arts centre. We believe that art is not a thing of privilege reserved for the chosen few, we all have a right to create and engage with arts and culture and express ourselves through it. We are fully committed to using our resource as a tool to further the progress of artists.

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Umbrella Arts CiC

We support adults with autism, and learning disabilities with autistic traits, working closely with their families and carers. Our team helps service users improve their social and sensory skills, lead fulfilling lives within their community, and help themselves by helping others. by helping others.

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True Colours CiC

We support adults with autism, and learning disabilities with autistic traits, working closely with their families and carers. Our team helps service users improve their social and sensory skills, lead fulfilling lives within their community, and help themselves by helping others.

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Express IT Group

Our mission: to provide clear-cut and proactive IT solutions to local organisations, delivered by our friendly and reputable team of experts. Since 2012, Express IT has offered a unique IT support service to clients in the local Leigh, Wigan and Greater Manchester area.
Whether we’re repairing equipment or carrying out full network installations, it’s the way we do things that makes us different.

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Positive Life Workshop CiC

Specialise’s in helping people who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health by providing them with self-help techniques and support through podcasts, online course’s, creative recovery workshops and one to one sessions.

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Driven

Driven helps to provide essential transport solutions for passengers who don’t have access to a car and are unable to travel on public transport.
We remove barriers to social inclusion and support people to get out of their homes and engage in the exciting and stimulating activities provided by some brilliant projects across our communities.

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Happy Smiles Training CiC

We provide interactive training workshops, focusing on many aspects of disability awareness and social inclusion. Our training is uniquely facilitated by our Inclusion Champions – young adults who experience disability on a daily basis. We work with the Community, schools and Corporate industries…

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Higher Folds Community Centre

The Centre was originally built in 1997 and was managed by Wigan Council.
In 2007 it was leased to a group of local residents who formed themselves into a Registered Charity and Limited Company.
The Charity was established to provide benefit for the residents of Higher Folds in Leigh, without distinction of, sex, or of political, religious or other opinions, by associating the local authorities, voluntary organisations and the local inhabitants in the following manner to advance education for the public benefit to relieve sickness and preserve and protect good health of persons resident in the area of benefit: the advancement of education and training of young people and adults.
Our staff and volunteers all strive to ensure that our ethos of a welcoming centre for one and all is as strong today as it was when we started.

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Douglas Valley Community CLG

Douglas Valley Community is registered with the Charity Commission as a Company Limited by Guarantee. Douglas Valley Community has been supporting community organisations to manage and run community buildings since 1994. We have an existing portfolio of 8 Community buildings across the borough of Wigan . We believes in the principles of self-help and local action for local problems.

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Individualised Direct Support Services CiC

We provide Fully Inclusive Support Services across the borough of Wigan and neighbouring authorities. Our services empower individuals & enable them to play a positive & active part within their local community.
We are a service which stems from more than 30 years personal experience and expertise working with adults with a learning disability, Autism and Mental health ranging from people who display challenging behaviour, profound and complex learning needs to moderate learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health difficulties.

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Miss Places

MissPlaces is a community business that was set up in the summer of 2017. 
We are based at Platt Bridge Community Zone. Every member has their own ‘story to tell; many ladies attending MissPlaces have experienced difficult life events, experienced bereavement, low self-confidence/self-esteem, anxiety,  depression, or other mental health issues, or are feeling isolated or lonely. 
A new member can expect to be welcomed and supported by Amanda, the   Lead Director,  an experienced counsellor, who will offer a friendly listening ear and a brew, to help with meeting the other members and settling in. 
Our members regularly report that attending MissPlaces has improved their self-confidence and self-esteem, reduced their social isolation, increased their skills set and expanded their friendship group.  
  We deliver well-being sessions to support women to feel better about themselves, to set goals and help them to make healthier lifestyle choices. 
MissPlaces supports each member to be the ‘best they can be’ and aims to create a healthy ethos of well-being and wellness.

Wigan Mens Sheds

Wigan Men’s Sheds is a community business that allows men the opportunity to reduce their social isolation, whilst learning new skills. The aim is to empower members to make products that are needed by the community and sold as part of Made in Wigan’s ‘Buy Local’ campaign. Men’s Sheds operates 5 days per week, and creates a drop in environment that can be viewed as a replacement for sitting at home or going to the pub.

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Tastebuds Cafe

Tastebuds Community Café is based at Platt Bridge Community Zone, funded via Wigan Council. They run Community Garden project at PBCZ and are always looking to support local people in Abram Ward to get involved in food growing, with all their food grown forming our menu inside the Cafe.

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Wigan Cosmos

Wigan Cosmos Football Club is an FA Charter Standard Adult Club, with FA qualified coaches.  We are Sponsored by Cosmos Sports and are based in Wigan, Lancashire, England, playing our home games at Fosters Playing Fields.

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More Than Words CiC

More Than Words evolved from a local authority dramatherapy project led by a small group of health and social care professionals. It was established in February 2011, with the aim of making the experience of performing arts accessible to everyone, in particular young people and adults with disabilities and/or autism.

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Bicky Lads n Lasses

We are a youth group that meets weekly at Bickershaw Village Club and our members make products for sale; from Lip balms to Coconut Oils.

Pianos, Pies & Pirouettes

We support the growth of Art and Culture in Wigan Borough, from Music to Dance and also Food. We aim to reduce inequalities that many people face when trying to be involved in Art and Culture.
Activities range from Ballet Dancing for Men, through to Song writing.

Abram Community Centre

Abram Community Centre is run by leaders of the 15th Wigan Boys Brigade and Girls Assocation 

There has been a Boys Brigade in Abram since 1944 and we are proud to support and promote the youth and community of Abram 

We are all volunteers who give our free time to run the centre and there are no paid roles. All monies made from hiring the centre go back into the running and maintenance of the building. 

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Wigan bourough social enterprise network

A friendly, informal peer-to-peer network group for the Social Enterprise community in the Wigan Borough. Hosted locally and throughout the borough, we aim to bring together local Social Enterprises to build a strong and cohesive network.

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Platt Bridge Community School

Platt Bridge Community School was the first full service extended school within the Wigan authority and as its name suggests we always aim to be at the heart of the community.

We are proud of our achievements, our happy and caring atmosphere and the rich extended services available to all pupils and their families.

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Jack in the Box Nursery

Jack In The Box Day Nursery is a family run business with a small team which was established in 2010.
Our nursery has three rooms, Baby Room, Toddler Room, Pre School Room.
We also offer a holiday club during school holidays, for small children aged from 4 to 11 years.

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Embrace W & L

Our reason for being is to work towards a better life for people with disabilities and their families. Our mission is to ensure that all people with disabilities feel valued, are included and have real choice. We believe that people with disabilities make our communities a more diverse, interesting and worthwhile place to live. That is why everything we do is about ensuring all people are included in their local community. 

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Abram ward Communities Together

As a Neighbourhood Forum we aim to work together to make the ward an even better place to live for jobs, amenities and services, health and wellbeing and community spirit. We want to encourage the five villages to collaborate to make a positive difference to the ward overall.

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The 617

The 617 is a Youth project for Platt Bridge, that is based at 617 Liverpool Road. The group is led by a number of local residents and local Businesses leaders, alongside Wigan Council officers and School teachers.

The aim of the group is to provide a base for Youth activities in the evenings. Initially starting in 2018,the group have seen sessions run by Wigan Youth Zone and other local youth providers.

Social Enterprise Uk Place Network

Social Enterprise Places are areas where social enterprise activity is thriving. From quarters, towns, cities and zones – areas around the UK are declaring themselves as social enterprise places committed to investing in the sector. 

Social Enterprise UK is recognising these hotspots of social enterprise activity by awarding them with the Social Enterprise Place badge, celebrating their achievements and supporting them to grow.  

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GM Social Enterprise Advisory Group

For the past year, the Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Advisory Group has worked together with colleagues to create a series of recommendations for how the GMCA can support a thriving social enterprise sector across our region.

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GM Local Access Fund Partnership

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) is the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector support and development organisation ('infrastructure') covering the Greater Manchester (GM) city region.
We work with and through the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector for the benefit of the people and communities of Greater Manchester.

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Locality

Locality supports local community organisations to be strong and successful. Our national network of 1,300 members helps hundreds of thousands of people every week. We offer specialist advice, peer learning and campaign with members for a fairer society. Together we unlock the power of community.

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CLES

CLES is the national organisation for local economies - developing progressive economics for people, planet and place. We work by thinking and doing, to achieve social justice and effective public services.

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ANTZ

What we do is often referred to as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), we’ve turned it on it’s head. This isn’t a responsibility, it’s a desire to change lives, to give something back. And we’re doing it right now.

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MADE IN WIGAN IS MADE FOR YOU

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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