MESSAGE BUS PROJECT UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2019

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We are thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to bring the Message Eden Bus back to Leigh following our successful project earlier this year.

Volunteer Recruitment The key to the long-term success of this vision is to recruit volunteers from churches and groups across the town with the aim to improve collaboration and increase capacity for volunteers to deliver youth clubs and sessions.

The vision is to leave a legacy of growth in youthwork after the project concludes.

Partnerships Our heart is that this project acts as a catalyst to build and strengthen partnerships across the town, the reality is that no one organisation can effectively fulfil the task of reaching out to our young people – we are better together! We are excited that so far partnerships are developing with Wigan Council, Wigan Community Partnership, our high schools, churches, Ambassadors in Football.

The project will continue to act as a gateway for young people into other opportunities including sign-posting to youth activities, clubs, church-based activities, and will connect with weekly school-based sessions which are delivered by Christ Church’s ‘Pais’ school-based youthwork team.

We have confirmed and in place

● Bus is ready and waiting

● Use of Spinning Gate car park and the Leighway Centre, thanks to Wigan Community Partnership

● Funding has been secured

● Giant inflatable football pitch and professional coaching from Ambassadors in Football

● The ‘PAIS’ youthwork team are raring to go

● Support of local primary and high school to help signpost and promote this project

● Young people, ‘chomping at the bit’, asking when we are restarting, plus a new intake of year 6 pupils keen to join in the fun!

Details Day/Time: Thu 3 Oct to 19 Dec, 7pm-8.30pm for young people, 6.30pm-9pm for volunteers

Venue: Spinning Gate car park, Leigh town centre

If you would be interested in joining the team for this exciting initiative, please contact: Steph Hewitt, Operations Manager [email protected], 07727 140133

Alan Saunders, Vicar [email protected], 07767 643444, 01942 673619

Christ Church Vicarage, Schofield Street, Pennington, Leigh WN7 4HT Tel: 01942 673619 / 07767 643444 │ Email: [email protected]

www.christchurchpennington.com Charity No. 1130715