Wigan has a rich and vibrant voluntary, community and social enterprise sector with over 1,600 groups active in the borough. We know that many of these groups play a significant role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our population. Some of our local organisations work specifically around certain conditions such as cancer, stroke or diabetes- supporting individuals and families affected by illness or poor health through social, emotional and practical support. Others work with carers or vulnerable groups whose health may be more at risk. Many groups play a vital role in keeping people healthy through reducing social isolation, helping people with problems such as debt or providing a focus for bringing communities together through sports, arts or culture.
Investment in initiatives such as Community Link Workers and the Community Book is helping to increase awareness of the wealth of support and opportunities available in communities and help people to make the connections.
Healthier Wigan Partnership wants to harness the skills, experience and talents within the sector to improve the health and wellbeing of people within the borough. We are working with the Third Sector Assembly and have formed a small reference group to improve communication and ensure that voluntary and community groups have the opportunity to get involved in the partnership and work with us to co-design services.
If you are part of a voluntary organisation and you want to be involved in shaping a Healthier Wigan, email us to get involved Healthierwiganpartnership@wigan.gov.uk
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