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Do you know an unsung hero?

Nominations are now officially open for this year’s Believe Sports Awards.

The annual celebration of Wigan Borough’s grassroots sports scene will return to The Edge Conference Centre on Saturday 5 October.

Hosted by Be Well Wigan and sponsored by JJH Building Contractors Ltd, the ceremony will once again shine a spotlight on top up-and-coming talents, unsung heroes and local community champions.

Residents can now nominate the individuals, clubs and groups they’d like to see recognised on the night.

Find out more and submit nominations

In other news...

💜 It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and the theme this year centres on moving for our mental health so we're encouraging everyone to think about ways they can get active, whether its going out for a short walk or taking part in one of our many Be Well activities.

Remember if you are struggling, you are not alone, call Samaritans on 116 123 and talk to someone anytime, 24/7.

🤍 The Commonwealth War Graves Commission are offering free guided tours at Tyldesley Cemetery on Wednesday 15 May, as part of War Graves Week. Come along to learn about the heritage on your doorstep, and the remarkable stories of the men and women of the Commonwealth forces that died in the First and Second World Wars who are buried in their community. Book a tour.

💚 Our Town is back, bringing together partners, organisations, volunteers and more to deliver a cleaner, greener and safer Wigan borough. Waste amnesties will be held in every ward, visit the webpage to find out when Our Town Four comes to your area.

What's on

Flashes Festival is two weeks away

The Flashes Festival of Nature returns this month with a family-friendly fun day hosted at Pennington Flash.

Remember to mark your calendars for the free two-day event which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 May.

The theme of the event is a celebration of nature and will coincide with the National Nature Reserve Week. The packed weekend will offer ways to reconnect with nature, including workshops, wildlife themed art stalls and eco-crafts.

Find out more

More from around the borough...

👪 We’ll be hosting a free family day to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. As part of this, we’ve teamed up with the Beta Education Charity to share some of the stories of the local heroes who took part in the D-Day landings. The event will be at Mesnes Park, Wigan, on Saturday 8 June, 10am-3pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.

🚲 Bring the family for a two-wheeled adventure around Pennington Flash on Monday 13 May (6pm). Enjoy a 45-minute guided ride on our traffic-free route in the company of our qualified Be Well cycle leaders. Suitable for all ages. Adult bikes available to borrow for FREE. Sign up here.

Our communities

'How walking saved my life'

There are so many amazing benefits to walking, not just for our physical health but our mental wellbeing too.

When Be Well walk leader Bev’s husband Alan was diagnosed with vascular dementia back in 2016, walking provided an important escape.

With our Big Wigan Walk Week just around the corner, you can read her heartfelt and emotional story in the latest Be Well blog.

There are more than 50 organised walks taking place across the borough between Saturday 25 May and Sunday 2 June – including Nordic walking, nature strolls, and special heritage tours such as our ‘Mint Ball Trail’.

You’ll find our full timetable on the Be Well website.

Find a walk near you
Read Bev's story

More from the community...

🌳 Are you a resident in our social housing? Or involved with a local school or council sheltered housing scheme? If so, we’d love you to enter our gardening competition. Any Wigan Council tenants with green fingers and a passion for gardening can apply. Categories include best garden, most improved or transformed garden, best eco garden, best pots and baskets, best allotment, school garden, or eligible sheltered housing scheme garden and street with best gardens. For more information, please contact our tenant voice team on 01942 486645 or email.

💙 We’re now less than a month away from our first ever Memory Walk at Pennington Flash on Sunday 9 June! Please sign up for Be Well’s family-friendly fundraiser and help support the amazing work of the Alzheimer's Society. Register for your free ticket.

🚩 Fancy a career as a lifeguard? Dive right in and book your place on our National Pool Lifeguard course at Wigan Life Centre this May half-term (27-31 May)! Ages 16+ Places are limited – so email to book now! Other dates also available later in the year. Find out more.

🏊‍♀️ Does your child need swimming lessons? Whether you’re planning for the pool on holiday or just want to keep them safe, we’ve currently got openings on our popular Learn to Swim programme at our Hindley and Howe Bridge leisure centres - find out more.

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Don't get bitten by a loan shark!

We know times are really hard and pressures are putting a squeeze on many people’s finances.

Make sure you don’t get bitten by loan sharks… Before borrowing any money, take a look at our check list:

Check your lender is Financial Conduct Authority authorised

Report illegal money lenders to Stop Loan Sharks England 

Contact our local credit union, Unify Credit Union Ltd about safe savings and affordable loans 

If you’ve borrowed money and have a loan debt that keeps growing, or you’re being threatened when you couldn’t pay – you’re not on your own, help is available.

If you’re feeling under pressure to repay, call for help on 0300 555 2222 or click here
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