The programme is a unique partnership between Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Wigan Youth Zone.
- Pathway 2 Participation works with youngsters aged 12 to 19 years old.
- Scheme is a link between the Community Trust and Wigan Youth Zone.
- More than 350 individuals have engaged with the project since its launch.
Working with some of the most vulnerable young people in Wigan, the Community Trust’s Pathway 2 Participation programme, organised in partnership with Wigan Youth Zone and Inspiring healthy lifestyles, is helping to improve the health and wellbeing of hundreds of youngsters.
The mentoring scheme, launched in 2015, targets 12-19 year olds and has seen the Trust work with representatives from the Youth Zone to support more than 350 young people to enable them to take part in more sporting, educational and leisure opportunities.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council, some of the activities youngsters enjoy include mountain biking, team building exercises and water sports sessions.
Kim Owen, Pathway 2 Participation Youth Worker at Wigan Youth Zone, said: “We support young people with all kinds of different issues, such as those who need help because they’re getting into trouble at school to those who may be low on confidence and want to make friends.
“The programme is incredibly vital because unfortunately in today’s world there are a number of young people who have become very isolated and have forgotten how to communicate with their peers, so we help to introduce that back to them by engaging them in different activities.”
Youngsters on the Pathway 2 Participation programme will be at Wigan Youth Zone’s ‘Big Day Out’ at the DW Stadium on Saturday, with members of the charity leading on the pre-match activities in the Family Zone outside the South Stand from 1.30pm.
“We’re all looking forward to Saturday and showcasing the work we do as a team. There’s great staff at Wigan Youth Zone and we’re all people-centred and care about the youngsters we work with.
“We play an important role in their lives and it’s fantastic that there’s a facility such as this available in the town centre for them to come to.
“If the Youth Zone wasn’t around then you’d probably have a lot of young people just sat in their houses not doing much or causing trouble, so the benefits of the facility are endless really.”
Working alongside Kim on the project is Dave Coppin, the scheme’s lead from Latics and he hails the partnership between Wigan Youth Zone and the football club.
“Having two big organisations such as Wigan Athletic and Wigan Youth Zone working together means we can offer even more to young people across the borough.
“We can share ideas and resources, and ultimately work together to improve the lives of young people across Wigan, that’s what we’re all about.”
Visit www.wiganyouthzone.org to find out more about Wigan Youth Zone.