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Young people from Wigan and Leigh and Wigan Pride Committee have been working together to help replace some valued books and resources for local children.

Westleigh Methodist Primary School in Leigh lost their library as a result of a fire at the school in March.  Earlier this year, young people from BYOU, Wigan Council’s youth group for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ+) young people, were invited to the school’s diversity week, to see the fantastic work they were doing to celebrate difference and encourage the children to be proud to be themselves.

The young people from BYOU were so impressed with the school’s approach to equality that following news of the fire they joined together with Wigan Pride Committee to replace a number of books and learning resources designed to encourage inclusion, difference and equality that had been lost in the fire.

Wigan Pride Committee Member, Ian Dyer, says,

This year our theme for Wigan Pride is ‘growth and community’ so it’s especially important that we do things to help our local community and we’re hoping to encourage others to do the same. Books are great as a way of educating young people and I’m happy to see how this school has embraced equality, so it’s great that we could help replace these.’

Members of the BYOU group and representatives from the Wigan Pride committee visited the school to present their new resources.  Michelle Waterworth, Pastoral Manager at Westleigh Methodist School, says,  ‘This is a really kind gesture and we’re really grateful.