Volunteering with Wigan Council

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For further details and to volunteer go to https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/The-Deal/Volunteering


Full training is given.  Library volunteering opportunities include:


The Museum of Wigan Life is looking for volunteers for the following placements:

  • Education programme
  • The Education Programme is held during the school holidays with family activities. These activities are held on a Tuesday and Thursday 1 pm – 2.30 pm
  • Exhibition volunteers – Painting and installing new exhibitions, moving collections, hanging art work and general DIY.  Volunteers required at certain times throughout the year.
  • Collection volunteers – Potential research and documentation Opportunities. Training will be given, own transport required.  https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/The-Deal/Volunteering


The Borough Archives at Leigh Town Hall is looking for anyone with an interest in history and conservation to support our Carry On Cleaning project.

Volunteers will be shown around the archives and taught how to conserve, clean and catalogue original documents from our huge collections of Wigan’s Victorian court records – playing a vital role in helping is to make these items available to researchers and family historians.

We are looking for volunteers interested in history and historical research.

We are launching a project to research and create biographies for every past Mayor of Wigan, Leigh and all the surrounding townships.

You can be completely new to the subject and we will show you how to use the archives and collections.  https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/The-Deal/Volunteering


Health Champions are not traditional volunteers who give a set number of hours each week or month.

Instead each Health Champion commits to trying to make a positive difference to health and wellbeing in whatever way they can. Often this is through incorporating the messages received in training to improve the health of their own family, community network and workplace



We need people to become Cancer Champions to undertake the Be Clear on Cancer training to spread the word about:

  • The importance of early detection
  • The key facts about cancer in the UK
  • The early signs and symptoms of 7 key cancers
  • Knowing how to talk about symptoms with a GP

This session is open for all.  https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/The-Deal/Volunteering


Volunteers are needed for:

  • X Zones (Youth diversionary activities) – Working with experienced youth workers on projects across the borough working with hard to reach young people helping prevent anti-social behaviour (ASB).
  • Mediation team – To visit complainants of ASB and identify what the issues are and mediate between young people who are causing the ASB and the complainant



Opportunities include supporting activities which are delivered across the Borough, these ranges from reminiscence sessions, cafes, musical activities plus many more.

Become a Dementia Friend Champion who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community by helping people understand what it’s like to live with dementia and the actions they can take in their communities.

Dementia in hospitals – Patients who are unwell and also have dementia often experience distress and increased anxiety when in hospital, as the environment and routine are unfamiliar.



This role requires you to assist session leaders in tasks and activities. It requires you to have an interest in supporting and empathising with people who have been diagnosed with dementia and a desire to see them manage their illness in a positive way.



The Shared Lives Service works with adults who need support due to disability, age or illness.

Shared Lives support people to develop meaningful friendships that enable them to live life to the full in their local communities.  It can help them achieve goals such as going to college, develop travel skills, visit places outside Wigan and go on holiday.

Adults who need support are carefully matched with Shared Lives champions, who are local people with shared interests or simply someone that they get on well with.

If you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives Champion or would like some further information about Shared Lives then please contact the team on 01942 487044 or e-mail us at [email protected]



There are a number of volunteering opportunities from:

  • Eyes of your estate
  • Customer inspectors (Mystery shoppers)
  • Estate volunteers
  • Tenants and residents groups



Domestic Abuse Champions play a vital role in the community.  They’re trained to recognise all the tell-tale signs of domestic abuse and to help victims by signposting them to the services which can change their lives for the better.

If you interested in supporting your local community by becoming a champion we’ll provide you with all the appropriate training to increase your knowledge and understanding, giving you the confidence and the skills to help victims and their families take that first step.



Could you be a school governor?

  • Do you want to give something back to the community?
  • Are you open to new ideas and ready to learn?
  • Do you have time to spend a couple of hours a month to go to meetings and read documents and reports?
  • Are you motivated and interested in education?
  • Would you like to make a positive impact on the education of thousands of children and work towards better schools and communities?

If the answer is yes to any of these and you have enthusiasm and commitment then you could be a school governor.  If you are appointed as a governor there is an expectation that you will attend induction training. https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/The-Deal/Volunteering


‘Friends of Groups’ are local community-based volunteers, who need your help to keep our parks and green spaces maintained for the enjoyment of all.

There are 17 groups across the borough that does things like:

  • Fundraising and grant applications
  • Nature conservation
  • Horticulture
  • Clean ups and painting
  • Health walks
  • Events



This opportunity is offered to:

  • Individuals
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • Community groups

In Bloom allows you to get involved all year round involvement in :

  • General cleanliness: litter picking; fly posting and graffiti removal, wash street names plates and traffic signage
  • Install In Bloom planters and plants
  • Plant up floral beds and landscaping areas with summer blooms (annuals)
  • Plant  salad, vegetable and herbs (part of ‘incredible edible’ planting)
  • Early weed control treatments
  • Remove moss growth from street furniture

For further details and to volunteer go to https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/The-Deal/Volunteering