Wigan domestic violence drop-in centre and support group DIAS named 2015-16 official charity.
- DIAS named as Wigan Athletic’s official charity partner for the 2015-16 season.
- Domestic violence charity DIAS one of 30 to apply for the position.
- Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Wigan Youth Zone are the club’s permanent official charities.
Thirty separate organisations replied to the club’s request earlier this summer to seek a new partner for the season, to stand alongside Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Wigan Youth Zone as the club’s official charities.
Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said:
“The idea is to start working with a new charity on a season by season basis. We were inundated with requests and the selection process was extremely difficult. We thank everyone who applied but we unfortunately can only choose one.
“As a club we are proud to represent our local community, and in the end we chose the organisation for whom we felt our support could make the most positive direct impact to people in Wigan.
“We were alarmed to discover that the rate of domestic violence in the borough of Wigan is four times above the national average, which clearly shows that it is an issue that needs addressing.
“If the association with Wigan Athletic enables just one victim to be made aware of the great work done by DIAS, then the relationship will have been a success, but clearly we hope that is a charity that our supporters embrace and that many people’s lives can be improved.”
DIAS, short for Drop In And Share, are located on King Street in Wigan town centre and for over two decades, have offered specialist confidential advice, support and counselling to victims of domestic violence within the Borough.
The association with Wigan Athletic will see DIAS involved in awareness-raising campaigns throughout the season, alongside regular fundraising initiatives.
Chief Officer Jeanette Bailey is excited about the partnership:
“This really will make such a huge difference,” she said, “and we are so grateful the club have elected to work with us.
“Domestic violence is repetitive and life-threatening, it tends to worsen over time and it destroys the lives of those affected. It is a silent enemy that usually operates behind closed doors, out of sight.
“To have an association with such a high profile organisation within the local community will do so much to heighten potential victims’ awareness of our charity, as well as to help in providing much needed funds.”
For further information about DIAS please [click here].