More Than Words began life four years ago as part of a council-backed initiative to give people with learning disabilities a means of expressing themselves and have their say about life in our borough.
The 10-strong group uses art, drama, dance, games and poetry to explain and express the views of others – particularly those with more complex needs.
Now the group is in the process of breaking away from Wigan Council and striving for an independent status. And with this bold move comes an ambitious plan from the group to expand the range of services they offer as well representing even more people.
Sue Seager, who helps run More Than Words, explained: “It’s an exciting time and it really makes sense for a group such as ours that speaks for people within the community to be truly independent.
“We can now look for new groups and organisations to work with and take on new tasks and projects both within Wigan Borough and beyond.”
Whilst the group is best known for its performance work it has also helped develop a communications tool for people with learning disabilities that uses pictures and symbols.
From its base at Platt Bridge Community Zone, More Than Words is now also keen to get involved in providing, organising and running training courses for people with learning disabilities.
“We are also looking to expand our operation to be even more inclusive,” said Sue.
“This means we will be looking to work for and on behalf of people with physical disabilities and mental health issues as well.
“We will retain close links with the council and will still be doing a lot of work for them but independence was the right option for us and we’re now looking to a bright future.”
The group’s next engagement will be a special performance for Armed Forces Day on Saturday June 25.
Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Healthier Communities and Older People, Cllr Keith Cunliffe, said: “The group provides a very real and powerful voice for people in our borough and the group’s performances capture the imagination of everyone who sees them. We are sure they will continue to go from strength to strength.”
To find out more about More Than Words you can call Sue Seager on 01942 828182 or email Sue Seager