More money has been ploughed into the local community, helping to fund projects and groups delivering invaluable services to residents.
Another 87 projects were successful in the last round of The Deal for Communities Investment Fund, bringing the total number of projects financially supported by Wigan Council to more than 450. Covering the whole borough, the most recent cohort of successful projects all have a different focus from mental health, local heritage, sport, social isolation and much more. And earlier this year, it was promised that another £1 million would be put in the pot, which will bring the grand total of community investment to a staggering £10 million by the end of 2018.
From small investments to big ideas, groups have been given amounts ranging from £153 to £73,969 which is to be spent over a period of time and evidenced by the applicant.
Lynn Addison, centre manager at Women for Well Women in Leigh, received the largest amount and will spend the money over three years at her centre focusing on supporting local women who have a range of needs She said: “This money will help to provide even more opportunities for our service users who may have experienced mental health conditions, domestic abuse or social isolation or are simply looking for friendship.
“Our focus is on improving lives and giving women the information they need to make positive life choices. This can be through counselling, crafts, advocacy work or other methods such as the courses we’re looking forward to implementing. “We’re passionate about women empowering other women and many of our volunteers are previous service users, so we can really tailor support and empathise, which makes all the difference.”
The council’s dedication to investing in the local community was recently recognised with the Community Engagement Project of the Year Award at the Public Finance Innovation Awards earlier this week.
Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council said: “We’re committed to helping the community flourish. We receive some inspiring bids and it’s extremely important to us that public money is put back into the local community to bring these ideas to life. “Working with the community in this way is a vital part of The Deal and we have been able to save money and help residents access invaluable services by building a sustainable relationship with the third sector. “The next round of Deal for Communities Investment Fund opened on Monday 30th April for small, innovative ideas. If you have a project that could benefit from a cash injection of up to £2,000, make sure you apply!”
For more information about the Deal for Communities Investment Fund, or to apply, visit www.wigan.gov.uk/communities.