Making a difference

We’re shining a light on some of the services we provide and the wonderful people at #TeamWigan who are behind them.

Wigan Council delivers hundreds of services to make a difference to the lives of local people and communities.

Behind all of these services are incredible people passionate about #MakingADifference to individuals and communities from Wigan Borough...

Watch our video below to see a day in our life.

Come and work at #TeamWigan
Free parking offer extended 
In addition to the FREE all-day parking at weekends at council owned car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres, there's now FREE parking after 3pm on weekdays. 

Please support our local businesses and markets and use the offer to get ahead with your Christmas shopping. The weekday offer runs through until January 5, 2024 and includes some designated roadside pay and display bays in Wigan town centre.
For a list of all eligible car parks and full details
In more news...
  • ❄️ Weather forecasters are predicting cold weather over the next few days with temperatures dropping below 0c. Make sure you are prepared for the cold weather and check in on any vulnerable neighbours. You can find out how you can look after yourself and get support to keep your home warm on our Here For You webpage.
  • 🏠  Places for everyone. The final consultation for Places for Everyone, the Greater Manchester long-term plan for jobs, new homes and sustainable growth, is open. Find out more and have your say. 
  • ➡️ We've set out proposals and ideas for how our borough could look in 15 years time from homes, jobs, town & local centres, transport, places, environment, and people. Find out more and have your say.
What's on
The festive spirit is spreading throughout Wigan Borough with a variety of events to entertain all scheduled.

2nd Dec – Standish Christmas Markets
3rd Dec - Ashton BIG Christmas Markets and Lights Switch on, Hindley Christmas Light Switch on and Pemberton Christmas Markets
9th Dec – Atherton Christmas Markets
Find out more about Frost Festival celebrations
More events in the borough...
  • 🎺 Christmas Brass… Haigh Woodland Park’s popular festive music series is back with live brass performances at 1pm and 2.30pm every Sunday until the week before Christmas. Entry is free.
  • 🚴‍♀️ The Wigan Borough Walking, Wheeling and Cycling Forum returns on Wednesday 6 December at The Brickworks on Hodson Street, Wigan - with food and refreshments from 5.30pm followed by an update on local walking and cycling activity plus a fun quiz with prizes. There’s also the option of a pre-event social walk or cycle ride plus drinks at Wigan Central from 8pm. Reserve your spot.
  • Join Lancashire Wildlife Trust and partners at Bickershaw Country Park on 9 December.  This will be the first of six ‘Your Greenheart Landscape - Walking and Talking’ events, exploring different sites across the borough. Find out more and book your place.
Our communities

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic abuse Wigan Borough Domestic Abuse Service is here to help.

📞Call the helpline on: 01942 311365
☕️ Visit the drop-in sessions at Wigan & Leigh , 8am - 3pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at DIAS Domestic Violence Centre and Leigh Well Women 

You do not need any appointments, and simply need to attend a centre within drop in times to speak with a community domestic abuse worker.

Our website has a “leave website” button so you can safely leave the site without a trace.

To find out more, click here
More from our community...
  • 🤝Opportunity to train to work with young people in care. We’re excited to be working in partnership with Wigan and Leigh College to offer this new opportunity to train to work with children in care. Are you a caring person who is passionate about wanting to make a difference to the lives of children and young people? Come along to the college’s information and advice event on 7 December from 5.00pm - 7.00pm.
    More information about the advice event
  • ❤️ Recruitment events are continuing next week for anyone interested in a career in health and care! You can meet teams from the NHS, Wigan Council, and our partner care providers who will help you figure out where you could fit in. The teams will also be on hand to discuss the variety of vacancies they have available and what a day in the life of the job looks like. The last event takes place on Saturday, December 2 in Atherton. Find out more here.
  • 🛒 Love your local market - Both Wigan and Leigh Markets are open throughout the year - so come on down! Don't forget, you can park for FREE in council-owned town centre car parks every weekend!
We know that the cost-of-living crisis is making things more difficult for many of our residents. If you are struggling, our message to you is 'just ask'. We're here for you and the earlier you seek help, the better.  
Learn more about cost of living support
Covid update

You can find out more about all of the latest updates and national Covid data using the links below.
Covid Summary
Read the latest Government guidance
Read more about vaccinations and book or manage a vaccination appointment online
Keep Wigan Borough Safe
Follow our social media channels for regular updates
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