Help if you're new to the country

We've put together a list of local services that can help you if you're new to the country and have just moved to Wigan borough.

Everything Human Rights

Everything Human Rights offers support for migrant communities in Wigan and Leigh, this includes:

  • Confidence building classes
  • Workshops to promote an understanding of life in the UK
  • Homework club
  • Careers advice
  • Information and practical support
  • Social activities.

To find out more visit the Everything Human Rights website (external link).

Watch some of the dance workshops and performances (external link) Everything Human Rights ran during Black History Month 2020.

Support for Wigan Arrivals Project (SWAP)

SWAP offers support for asylum seekers and refugees living in Wigan and Leigh, this includes:

  • English classes
  • Health information
  • Women’s group
  • Help to settle in and make friends.

To find out more visit the SWAP website (external link).

Global Friends

Global Friends is Wigan Council’s youth group for young people aged 11-17 who come from different ethnic backgrounds. As part of the group you will:

  • Have your say and be listened to
  • Get support with any difficulties
  • Improve your local area for young people
  • Run campaigns for change
  • Attend workshops and run discussions
  • Learn new skills, build your confidence and meet other young people from different backgrounds
  • Take part in trips out and fun activities.
  • Get help with local transport costs if needed.

To find out how you can get involved you will need to email

Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS)

The service offers a range of resources to help teachers support children and young people from different backgrounds, as well as providing support for parents if their child’s first language is not English.

Report a hate crime

A hate crime is a crime committed against anyone because of their race, disability, gender identity, religion, belief or sexual orientation. To report a hate crime you can:

Always call 999 if you're in immediate danger.


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