Welcome to the Big Listening Festival

We are having an open conversation with our residents this summer, to help us understand people’s hopes and ideas as we recover from the pandemic. We would love you to get involved.

You can get involved through a variety of ways:

What are the conversations?

From late June to November, we will be listening to you about several big topics:

Communities and safety - 28th June to 2nd July

We held two virtual events (Community Safety 30th June and Empowering Communities 1st July).

To find out more about our community and safety work, you can visit:

Climate change - 12th to 16th July

We held two virtual events (Climate learning event on 13th July and Climate listening event on 15th July).

District Town Centres - 26th July to 30th July 

Throughout this week, we will be at locations across Wigan borough listening to people’s ideas and hopes for District Town Centres.

Details on when we will be out and about in communities will be published on our social media channels.

Culture, sport and heritage - 13th September to 17th September

Throughout this week, we will be at locations across Wigan borough listening to people’s ideas and hopes for culture, sport and heritage.

Details on when we will be out and about in communities will be published on our social media channels.

Find out more about our work on culture and heritage on The Fire Within website (external link)

Sustainable transport - 20th to 24th September

We are holding a virtual event on 23rd September from 6.30pm - 8pm. Find out more information about this event and register your interest here (external link).  

Equality - 27th September to 1st October

Throughout this week, we will be holding conversations with local community and voluntary groups, in addition to listening to people’s thoughts on equality, at locations across Wigan borough.

Details on when we will be out and about in communities will be published on our social media channels.

We are holding a Wigan community cohesion, inclusion and equality event on 29th September - please register here

Children and young people - 4th to 15th October

  • Details coming soon

Details on when we will be out and about in communities will be published on our social media channels.

Why the festival?

The Deal 2030 sets out our priorities and ambitions for the borough - but as we all know a lot has changed since it was created in 2018. The Big Listening Festival will help us refresh and strengthen The Deal 2030 as we look to the future with creativity and optimism.

The choice of big topics was influenced by everyone who took part in the COVID Impact engagement series during Summer 2020 (which over 4,500 people responded to).

Why get involved?

  • Opportunity to influence - it provides communities the opportunity to influence decisions that will affect them.
  • Knowledge of local issues - it taps into local knowledge and expertise and makes sure the Deal 2030 is as well informed as possible by the people who know Wigans strengths and opportunities best.
  • Understanding - it enables everyone to know about and understand how complex some of the local issues may be, but together we can identify and implement suitable solutions.

Ensuring inclusive and diverse engagement

The engagement series has been designed so that it will make a difference and we will encourage and enable everyone affected to be involved.  If you have any suggestions on how we can make this engagement more inclusive, please get in touch at biglisteningfestival@wigan.gov.uk

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