Here for You - Cost of living events

As part of our Here for You campaign, we are hosting events at our Life Centres, libraries and local community venues to ensure that local people are getting all of the support they are entitled to during the cost of living crisis.

We know that both locally and nationally, many of us are missing out on income we’re entitled to claim.

This might be because you don’t know you may be entitled, you might have difficulty completing forms or you might just not be sure where to turn to for support.

That’s why we’re hosting drop in events across our borough with teams of friendly expert people ready to help.

We’re here to complete benefit checks to make sure that you are in receipt of all current entitlements based on your circumstances and to help you complete any necessary claim forms for benefits you might not realise you’re eligible to apply for.

Whatever your situation, you’ll be continually supported throughout the entire process.

Both national and local support offers can change quite regularly, so it’s always worth checking what the current offer is and if you are eligible, even if you may have been refused support before or think you won’t be entitled to any help.

The details of our upcoming events are shown below, please come along and join us. Our team of friendly, expert advisers will be able to discuss the support that is available and help you to make a claim.

If you would like further details regarding the upcoming events or can’t make an event and would like to discuss how we can help you, please contact us on 01942 489015. Remember, we’re here for you.

Fur Clempt

  • 10 June 2024, 9am to 2pm

Leigh Town Centre

  • 29 May 2024, 10am to 4pm

Leigh Life Centre

  • 22 May 2024, 10am to 4pm
  • 29 May 2024, 10am to 4pm
  • 5 June 2024, 10am to 4pm
  • 12 June 2024, 10am to 4pm
  • 19 June 2024, 10am to 4pm
  • 26 June 2024, 10am to 4pm

Marsh Green Library

  • 24 May 2024, 12pm to 3pm

One House Aspull

  • 31 May 2024, 9am to 12pm

Parsonage Retail Park Leigh

  • 30 May 2024, 10am to 4pm

Pensioners Link Leigh

  • 5 June 2024, 10:30am to 4pm

Robin Park Wigan

  • 31 May 2024, 10am to 4pm

Standish Methodist Church

  • 23 May 2024, 10am to 12pm

Wigan Central Family Hub

  • 22 May 2024, 1pm to 6pm

Wigan Life Centre (North)

  • 23 May 2024, 10am to 4pm
  • 30 May 2024, 10am to 4pm
  • 6 June 2024, 10am to 4pm
  • 13 June 2024, 10am to 4pm
  • 27 June 2024, 10am to 4pm

Wigan Town Centre

  • 28 May 2024, 10am to 4pm

Wigan Youth Zone

  • 4 June 2024, 1pm to 3pm

How we've helped local people like you

The impact of attending these drop in events can be lifechanging. We’d like to share with you how we helped one couple in Leigh to access additional financial support.

Pensioners Betty and Gerald* attended one of our cost of living drop ins at Leigh Life Centre.

When they attended, they were not accessing any financial support and were paying full rent and Council Tax.

At the event, they expressed how difficult things were. Betty was having to work despite her health conditions in order to make ends meet.

Our specialist welfare rights officer was on hand to help. They discussed their current health conditions and it appeared that both Betty and Gerald had illnesses and disabilities that appeared to meet the criteria for an award of Attendance Allowance (external link).

Our adviser helped the pair to make their claim and higher rate attendance allowance was awarded to both Betty and Gerald.

This meant that Betty could retire. They were both able to access Carers premium (external link) and Couples Pension Credit (external link) Guarantee claim including Severe Disability Premium.

They now qualified for full Housing Benefit and Council Tax reduction.

Betty and Gerald received a lifechanging financial boost thanks to our support and advice, helping to improve their general health, wellbeing and finances.

As a result of attending our cost of living drops ins they now receive an additional income of over £400 a week, which is in excess of £21,000 per year.

Each month, they receive the following:

  • Pension Credit Guarantee including Severe Disability Premium and Carers Premium
  • Attendance Allowance for Gerald
  • Attendance Allowance for Betty
  • Council Tax Reduction
  • Housing Benefits

Please let us support you to claim what you are entitled to. Come along to one of our sessions, or find out more on our Here for You pages.

Other support that is available

If you find yourself in financial crisis, please don’t go through it alone. There is support available, including through our Welfare offer. Call us on 01942 489015.

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