Wigan Council has come out on top- not once, but twice- in this year’s acclaimed LGC Awards which celebrate the very best in local government.
In winning the awards for ‘Campaign of the Year’ and ‘Innovation’, Wigan Council was up against 15 competitors including Liverpool City, Shropshire, and Dorset.
Leader of Wigan Council, Leader David Molyneux MBE, said “To be recognised in these awards twice is a real accolade and speaks to the fantastic work we are able to do in partnership with our communities.
“My thanks go to council staff and our partners for all their hard work which has rightly been recognised in these awards.
“These are challenging times for local government. But through the Deal 2030 we are able to work with our partners and our communities, recognising the importance of happiness, of feeling connected and being valued, and deliver to the priorities that are important to local residents.”
The ground-breaking ‘Love Is Not Abuse’ campaign which highlights the warning signs of domestic abuse against men and women, developed alongside survivors, was awarded ‘Campaign of the Year’.
Informed by brave male and female survivors, the campaign’s posters, animations and videos use real-life examples to show how different forms of abuse can be identified.
This campaign has had a profound effect with thousands of calls to the dedicated helpline and counselling sessions provided, alongside wider support.
The judges recognised it as “a highly sophisticated, multi-layered campaign that was co-designed with the community and demonstrated a real impact.”
The Innovation Award was given for the creative transformation of the children’s social care service.
Colette Dutton, Director of Children’s Services said “We know that many people are initially attracted to social work because they want to have a positive impact on the lives of children and young people.
“This drive to help social work heroes make a real difference in children’s lives has seen us invest in our workforce to give them the space to have that meaningful impact, and focus on a culture of kindness to ensure our staff are supported.
“I am so proud that this has been recognised by the LGC Awards. There has never been a better time to join the council as a social worker, and become part of #TeamWigan.”
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