Our Town Awards

The Wigan Borough Our Town awards give recognitions to local people who go over and above to support their local community.

We had a wonderful community celebration in November 2023 where this year’s winners were declared.

You can watch our video highlights of the night below.

  • Leader's Award: Lisa, Dianne, Janet and Noel from Wigan Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBs)
  • Environment champion: Eco club at Christ Church CE Primary School, and highly commended: Irene Thomson and Grow for Giving.
  • Community Initiative: Brighter Better Orrell, and highly commended the Baby Room at Spinners Mill, One House Aspull and Merly's Kitchen.
  • Neighbour of the year: Tracey and Neil Barker, and highly commended: Alan and Sandra Waters and David Smith.
  • Unsung hero: Keisha Lynch, and highly commended: Eddie Molloy and Sharon Mattin
  • Volunteer of the year: Susan Gaskell and Diane Bolton, Annie's Pantry, and highly commended: Elizabeth Costello and Barbara Lambert.
  • Business of the year: Greenmount Projects, and highly commended: JJH Builders, Colette Alexander from Alexanders Coffee/Luisco Chocolate.
  • Health and social care hero: Dionne Doherty, Complete Kindness CIC, and highly commended: Veronika Stevens.
  • School of the year: Britannia Bridge, and highly commended: Rowan Tree, Nicol Mere, St John Fisher Catholic High School.
  • Helping Hands Carers award: Peter Elliot, and highly commended: Graham White and Jutta Payton.
  • Young Person of the year: Nathan Kellett, with Erica Parkinson and Lizzie Sammut highly commended.

Please keep an eye out for nominations opening for next year’s awards.

Our Town Awards Categories 2023

Young person of the year

Do you know an inspirational young person? We’re lucky to have so many amazing children and young people in our borough who are helping to make the world a better place, whether it’s by volunteering or even just by going the extra mile for family or friends who need a helping hand. If you know someone under eighteen who deserves recognition, nominate them to be our young person of the year.

Environment Champion

If you know an individual who is helping to create a cleaner, greener borough for us all to enjoy – we’d love to hear about them. Whether they are passionate about the environment, a litter picking legend or keeping our borough blossoming through the In Bloom awards, nominate them today.

Community Initiative of the Year

Our borough is brimming with thriving community groups, from charities and CICs to arts and culture programmes which tackle social issues head on. We’re especially interested to hear about creative initiatives, and learning more about how many people it engaged and what its impact was. Give a group that’s improving lives in our local area the recognition they deserve by nominating them to receive our community initiative of the year award.

Neighbour of the Year

Do you have a neighbour with kindness coursing through their veins? We want to recognise the people who make our borough brilliant, the neighbours that care; the people who bring your bins up after they’ve been collected, drop you off at medical appointments or help you maintain your garden when life gets a bit much! Whatever they’re doing, tell us and get them the recognition they deserve.

Unsung Hero

We have so many wonderful community groups and networks that we’re proud of. But often, there are people working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring people together and make connections within the community. This category recognises the unsung heroes who create positive change all around them. They might not be a formal volunteer, but do you know someone who always champions their community, supporting those around them and helping people to achieve their best? Nominate them today and they might become the next recipient of our unsung hero award.

Volunteer of the Year

Do you know a volunteer who dedicates hours of their time to charities? They might advocate for those who need it, raise funds for charities or work to encourage inclusion within the borough. Or perhaps they spend their time running community safety projects or volunteering at their local food pantry. If you know a star volunteer, this is the category for you.

Community Wealth Building: Business of the Year

Businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy, but some of the best businesses are the ones that give back. Do you know a business that supports others in our business community, or are making waves with reducing their carbon footprints and creating extra job opportunities and apprenticeships for local people? If you know a business with heart which supports social value projects and makes things better for local people in their communities, placing our borough firmly on the map, nominate them today.

Health and Social Care Hero

From saving lives (either inside or outside of work) to setting up local initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of local people and communities, in this category we’re looking for the individuals who champion people in our borough living healthy, happy lives.

School of the Year

Has your local school made a big difference? Has it led a project that has benefitted the local community, or taken part in a national competition? Whether your school community has worked together in an emergency or is simply helping children to thrive through fantastic results and a strong family ethos, nominate it for school of the year.

Helping Hand Carers Award

Do you know an unpaid carer or someone with caring responsibilities from Wigan Borough who makes a huge difference to the lives of a family member, friend or neighbour? Do they go above and beyond to support them to complete their daily tasks and bring a smile every day? If you know someone who deserves to be recognised, nominate them to win the helping hand carers award.

Nominations closed on 2nd July 2023 and will open in the early new year.

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