Mayor's charity

The Mayor's Charity Appeal is a registered charity which is set up to help support the Mayor’s chosen charity each year.

The Mayor for 2019/20 is Councillor Steve Dawber, who has chosen to raise money for two charities during his mayoral year. The charities are The Willow Project and Wigan Youth Zone.

The Willow Project

With bases in both Atherton and Golborne, The Willow Project offers a counselling service for young people and their parents or carers who are affected by emotional and mental health issues. The Willow Project is a registered charity whose main work is offering support to children and young people between 6 and 19 years.

In addition to their counselling services, there is a weekly support group held for young people over the age of 12. They spend time doing a range of things from cooking, crafts, chatting and game playing or going on day trips. And, for the parents or carers of the young people who access The Willow Project’s services, there is one-to-one counselling available to help them understand the difficult situation their families may be experiencing and provide support on how to move forward.

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Wigan Youth Zone

Wigan Youth Zone is a purpose built, state-of-the-art youth facility in Wigan town centre, which opened in June 2013. It offers young people from across Wigan the opportunity to meet friends, have new experiences, learn new skills and access the support they need to develop and achieve their potential.

Open to all young people borough-wide aged from 8 to 21 years, Wigan Youth Zone strives to offer something for everybody, regardless of interests or abilities. The Youth Zone has nearly 15 areas to choose from including four 40 metre floodlit football pitches, art room, music room and climbing wall.

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