Grant boost for safety charity

Local charity Wigan and Leigh People First have been awarded �6000 by Natwest bank to help fund their Safer in Town project
Local charity Wigan and Leigh People First have been awarded �6000 by Natwest bank to help fund their Safer in Town project
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A WIGAN charity is set to launch a new scheme to help vulnerable local community thanks to a £6,000 grant.

Wigan and Leigh People First has been awarded the cash after entering the NatWest Community Force initiative.

The charity was one of a number of Wigan organisations to apply for the grant, which saw people vote for those they thought could do a great deal of good with the money.

Wigan and Leigh People First, a self advocacy charity for people with learning disabilities, will now set up its ‘Safer in Town’ project to help people with a learning disability feel safe when they are out and about in town.

This entails giving the more vulnerable members of society a Safer in Town card so if they come into any trouble whatsoever, they can call on the support of businesses.

The charity is busy recruiting shops, pubs, cafes, libraries and any other public buildings in Wigan to help them with the scheme.

The aim of the project is to provide every person with a learning disability a Safer in Town key ring or fold out card.

These would contain emergency contact details to help should they encounter any trouble.

They’ll then be able to go into one of the supporting businesses, who will display a sign on their window to show they are, and they’ll be able to use their telephone to obtain help.

Initially the project will be launched in and around Wigan town centre from January 18 with the overall aim to extend it to other areas of the town.

Project co-ordinator Julie Davies said: “It’s great news and this money will really help us. We’ve been wanting to set up this scheme for a long time now but like most other charities, we’ve struggled to get the funding.

“But now we’ve got this money to help set it up, it’ll really go a long way.”

The charity is today extending its thanks to those who nominated them for the grant, which includes MPs Lisa Nandy and Yvonne Forvague.

Any business interested in assisting them with the scheme are asked to call 01942 233353.