Wigan Council backs Community Trust's new mentoring scheme.
- Community Trust's newest programme launches at DW Stadium.
- 'Pathway 2 Participation' providing opportunities to vulnerable youngsters.
- Latics captain Craig Morgan on hand to launch programme.
Some of Wigan’s most vulnerable young people are being given the chance to access more sport, leisure, art and education activities, thanks to a new grant from Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund.
The Pathway 2 Participation scheme is a partnership between Wigan Athletic Community Trust, WLCT and Wigan Youth Zone, that provides a mentoring service to 12 – 19 year olds to enable them take part in activities designed to improve their health and well-being, while also raising their aspirations and ambitions.
The scheme, which was officially launched by Latics captain Craig Morgan at the DW Stadium on Tuesday, is supported by a grant of £97,200 from the Deal for Communities Investment Fund and will work with 80 young people over a 12 month period.
Sport coaches and youth workers from the Community Trust, WLCT and Wigan Youth Zone work with the identified young people over a number of weeks, helping to improve their confidence before helping them to attend activities on their own.
Since the scheme began in May, 40 young people have been identified to take part in the programme, with a number being supported to re-enter education, gain qualifications and join sports clubs.
Morgan said: “The project sounds like a great idea and it was good to meet some of the young people involved at the stadium.
“The Club are rightly very proud of the work we do in the community and anything we can do to help more young people take part in sport and leisure activities can only benefit Wigan.”
Ben Cossack, 16, who is involved with the scheme, said: “I got involved with Pathway 2 Participation over the summer and was able to go on different trips like mountain biking and trampolining that kept me occupied, while also working towards getting into college.
“Now I’m at college doing bricklaying and I’ve just been offered a job. That’s all down to me getting into the programme – it’s really helped me to grow up.”
The grant from Wigan Council has been used to fund the project workers at the Community Trust, WLCT and Wigan Youth Zone who work on the scheme and a funding application to the Big Lottery Fund to expand the programme was submitted in September.
Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities, said: “This is a fantastic project and I’m delighted we have been able to support it through our Community Investment Fund.
“We are investing money in our communities and we are investing in our residents. Young people will get huge benefits from this project and that’s what it’s all about – putting people at the heart of what we do.”
Councillor Joanne Platt, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “It’s really important that we support young talent and this project will inspire some of our most vulnerable children and young people to develop and reach their potential.”
For more information about the Pathway 2 Participation scheme please contact Project Co-ordinator Dave Coppin at Wigan Athletic Community Trust on 01942 488 530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.