A group of young people have teamed up with a local campaign to help end homelessness for people in Wigan and Leigh.
Throughout the last 2 weeks the young people have been working with the Real Change Wigan & Leigh homelessness campaign and partner charity The Brick to improve awareness and understanding of homelessness, as well as raise funding to support those affected by it.
It’s all part of a community project they carried out whilst taking part in the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, which is delivered in Wigan and surrounding areas by Groundwork.
As part of their project, the team delivered an assembly about homelessness to Year 6 pupils at Platt Bridge Community Primary School. Their aim was to explain some of the reasons that might cause people to become homeless and the issues that a homeless person might face. They created and distributed leaflets in the local shopping centre to raise understanding of homelessness and awareness of the support available. They also did bag packing at the local Asda Supermarket, raising over £440. This money along with some essential food items was donated to Real Change and The Brick which offers services to people in Wigan who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis.
We’ve all enjoyed being involved in this project and it has really brought us together as a team. We’ve met lots of new people and learned new skills that we can hopefully use in our future careers. It feels good to give something back to your local community.
Team member, Callum Carter.
Robbie Cowbury from Real Change said: ”We’ve been so inspired by the enthusiasm and insight of the team. Real Change Wigan & Leigh is all about giving everyone who is worried about homelessness the chance to get involved in ending it, and these young people have set a fantastic example for us all!”
Each year the Prince’s Trust Team programme helps hundreds of people aged 16-25 in Wigan to move into employment, education or training by helping them to develop key skills, confidence and motivation. To find out more, visit the Groundwork CLM website for details of how you can get involved.
Main image: (left to right) - Callum Carter, Elisha Keeley, Michael Phillips, Susan Bode from The Brick and Joseph Burdett.
Image left: Wigan Prince's Trust Team 71.