Young people from across the Wigan borough have recently been giving back to their local community by helping to clean up the Leeds to Liverpool canal.
As part of Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Pathway 2 Participation project, students from the Dean Trust have been cleaning up parts of the canal near Wigan Pier alongside the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, a youth engagement project operated by the Canal and River Trust.
Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council, Pathway 2 Participation is a mentoring programme for 12-19 year olds to enable them to take part in activities designed to improve their health and well-being, whilst also raising their aspirations and ambitions.
Dave Coppin, Pathway 2 Participation coordinator at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “It’s important for young people in today’s society to give back to their local communities, and we are no different in Wigan by wanting to help on projects such as the canal clean up.
He added: “Pathway 2 Participation has helped to change the lives of so many young people in Wigan by offering a number of exciting opportunities and a positive mentoring scheme.”
The project was named Community Initiative of the Year at the North West Football Awards in November 2016, and was also highlighted as an example of good practice when the Community Trust were named North West Checkatrade Community Club of the Year in March 2017.
For more information about the Pathway 2 Participation project, please contact Dave Coppin on 01942 318090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org