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23 February 2017

Tia Burton has volunteered for the Community Trust for six months

Tia Burton, a 16 year old volunteer with Wigan Athletic Community Trust, is using her passion for dance to inspire young people in the local area. 

Tia’s first involvement with the Community Trust’s dance team saw her take part in sessions for a year before beginning her journey as a coach under the guidance of Dance Coach Rachel Scott. 

As part of Student Volunteers Week 2017, a national celebration of the positive impact students have on their communities through volunteering, Wigan and Leigh College student Tia says volunteering for the Community Trust has helped her so much. 

She said: “Volunteering for the Community Trust is what I love doing. Dance has been my passion from an early age and I love working with children too.

“My confidence has improved through volunteering, because at first I was shy to teach children as I’m only young myself, but my self-esteem really has boosted.”

As well as volunteering at dance sessions, Tia has also completed educational courses through the Community Trust to aid with her individual development. 

“Volunteering has helped me to complete courses such as Safeguarding, and it’s really benefited me because I’ve been able to take so much information back into the dance sessions.

“The Community Trust have been great with me, they’ve helped me through it all by believing in me and giving me the opportunity to volunteer.

“I’d definitely urge girls to volunteer for the Community Trust because it opens up so many doors and presents you with some great opportunities.”

For more information about volunteering opportunities with Wigan Athletic Community Trust, please contact Volunteer Co-ordinator Jon Green on 01942 318090 or email

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