Our Town’s Community Heroes


Local heroes across Wigan Borough will be recognised at an awards ceremony in June. 

Submissions to the Our Town awards, which will celebrate all those who go above and beyond to make their neighbourhood a better place, have reopened after they were postponed during the Covid-19 pandemic. And in response to the extraordinary lengths individuals and community groups have gone to during the pandemic, a new ‘Covid-19 superheroes’ category has been added.  

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities and culture at Wigan Council, said: “From those working on the frontline of the pandemic to those who have volunteered to do their neighbour’s weekly shop – the chances are we all know someone who goes the extra mile to be kind, especially in the last 12 months.

“The pandemic has shone a light on the amazing contribution our community groups and individuals make on our borough and it seems only right that we do something to thank them.”

Residents have until midnight on Sunday 25 April to submit their online nomination. To enter and for more information, visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/ourtown

The awards ceremony will be held virtually during Volunteer Week in June. Further details will be announced following the closing date.

Award categories
We’ll be recognising residents in the following categories:

Neighbourhood Hero
From bringing in your bin unprompted, tidying up your garden or popping to the shops. This is the category for that generous, friendly neighbour who always goes out of their way to help people.

Community Hero
Do you know someone who rolls up their sleeves and takes the initiative to bring your local community together? They might organise the troops to put on a special event, or co-ordinate getting donations to those who need them most in the local area.

Environmental Hero

We all know we should do something to be good to our environment, but there are a few special individuals who make the effort to create a better place to live for everyone. They might organise a litter pick or spend time creating a special green space for the whole community to enjoy.

COVID-19 Superheroes
The last few months have been a testing time for all of us, but there are a few extra special people in our communities who have risen to the challenge and stepped up to help out others before themselves.

Extraordinary Acts of Kindness
This category is for those extra special stars who selflessly put others before themselves to really make a positive difference to someone’s life.