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 2023-24 is Councillor Kevin Anderson, who has chosen to raise money for ManLeigh (external link) and Samaritans Wigan (external link).
ManLeigh is a community organisation supporting all men, regardless of their background. Founded in 2022, it is supported by a board, steering group and team of dedicated volunteers. Statistically, men are less likely to access local peer-to-peer support than their female counterparts. But at the same time they are much more likely to suffer from problems associated with mental health. Providing a range of support services, ManLeigh oversees support group and drop-in style sessions, providing a safe space for men to connect and build support structures.
The Wigan Borough branch of the Samaritans has been working to provide support to the local community since 1972. The organisation provides confidential, non-judgemental support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Samaritans’ volunteers run more than 200 local branches across the UK and Ireland and help to deliver the 24-hour emotional support service. Local branches recruit new volunteers throughout the year and anyone who is considering helping out is encouraged to get in touch
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